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Printing on awnings, please advise

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by sinclairgraphics1, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. JR's

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    We used to do awnings a long time ago. It was an awning company that did not want to get into the graphics. So we started a partnership. They would make the awnings and we did the graphics. It was a cool relationship.


    At first we used cheap calendar vinyl for the frisket. Then they came out with a product called Fabtac. Fabtac - Self Adhesive Stencil | this stuff was pretty incredible.


    We started trying to use latex house paint. But within 2 to 4 years the paint would start to chalk. Which it is supposed to do. But it would leave streaks of color on a fairly new looking awning.


    Then we started using silkscreen ink. Which was made for fabrics and outdoors.

    NazDar PX Series perma-flex flock (PX25 White) problem solved.


    we would start by cleaning the awning. Take some duct tape wrap it around your hand and use it like a pet brush to remove the lint from the awning.



    Then we would apply the frisket. Using the lightest tack of application tape we could find.

    We would slide a flat piece of metal underneath the fabric so we could use some pressure on the frisket.


    Tape everything off so we don't have mistakes


    we would cut small pieces of show card to use like a squeegee. We would scoop the ink out and apply it on top of the frisket and used the squeegees to pull it into the lettering. Once everything was covered we would go over it with a dry foam brush to knock down any high spots and smooth it out.


    And while the ink was still wet you could airbrush one-shot gold metallic on top of the ink to get a nice gold color. Or fades and or shadows. That was a cool process.

    Hit with a heat gun to set the ink. And peel the frisket while it is still tacky.


    If there was seepage or a mess up. Let that area dry and go back with a flat razor to scrape off the mistake.


    Good luck. This is how we did it here for years.

    P.S. ask for some scraps of Material to practice and make samples. He should have a ton of it laying around.
     
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    We still have awnings out there that the lettering looks good. And the material is almost falling off of the frame

    That letter A was supposed to be a M on a funeral home.
    What a mess up that was LOL When they wrote down the information the Penn gave out when he wrote the M and it look like a capital A.
     
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    We considered using vinyl and decided to paint, glad we did for a few reasons. Used spray mask for the stencil and roll painted it. Turned out great, everyone was happy! Black Awning Painted Letters (1).jpg
     
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  6. akuarela

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    I have a client that will need a full color print on a long and narrow awning (not covering the whole area, though). They have the Sunbrella fabric, because it is related to their business., and it is solid black. Wondering if any of you have the Sunbrella Graphics System and would be interesting in applying graphics to our client's fabric. Location preferably close to NE Oklahoma.
    Thanks.
    #Sunbrella #SunbrellaGraphicsSystem #printonblackfabric
     
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