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Screen printed sign help

Discussion in 'Screen Printing' started by rbforrest, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. rbforrest

    rbforrest New Member

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    Hi all,
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    We are a screen printing, vinyl, and embroidery shop. I have a customer that wants us to start making signs for his fencing installations. He is currently using a 15"x4" .125" (3mm) plastic sign with one color screen printed. The plastic has a somewhat rough finish which he wants to keep.

    My questions are:

    1. What type of plastic comes with the rough finish?
    2. Where can I get the plastic in large sheets? I plan to print a sheet of 5 - 12"x4" signs at a time then cut them.
    3. What type of ink should I use? I'm assuming a Nazdar air dry of some sort.
    4. Is there a coating I can put on it to make the sign last longer?
    5. I know this is a loaded question but any suggestions as to how I go about pricing an order like this would be helpful. It will be a repeat order of about 500 pieces a month so I don't want to over, or under, bid on it.

    Thanks again!!!
     
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  2. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    is the material textured and printed from the backside?
    we have a few fence customers but we screen their signs on alum.
    you type could be a textured polycarbonate. if so this would be screened from the back side. and you could use a nazdar ink but it would probably be a uv ink not air dried.
    and you could get the material from a few places peidmont plastics, saati, tekra
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA...........................
     
  4. rbforrest

    rbforrest New Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    The material is definitely textured, albeit very lightly, and printed from the textured side. I cut it about 1/2 way through with a carpet knife and snapped it the rest of the way.

    Thanks for the supplier heads up. Piedmont actually has a location just south of me in Daytona.
     
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    vid Very Active Member

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    It may be a PVC like Sintra or Komatex.
     
  6. Sounds like .055 rigid polyethylene
     
  7. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

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    We print this stuff by the skid. Very durable, but will yellow over time.
     
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