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Small Vinyl Letters

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Dooka, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Dooka

    Dooka New Member

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    So I'm having to weed some 1/2" tall letters.
    100 lines of it for some acrylic plaques.
    I am weeding with some intermediate vinyl.
    It is not going very well.
    Any suggestions, should I try some 3M high performance?

    I thought about applying to acrylic before weeding, but a little worried about handling the acrylic like that, dangerous to scratch.

    Thanks for everyones help!:help
     
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  2. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    apply the application tape then weed it off of the app-tape this way the letter doesn't move or come off.
     
  3. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    3M's high performance ElectroCut vinyl works well for small stuff. It has the synthetic mylar backing.
     
  4. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    +3M with the clear plastic liner. 1/2" isn't that small, on the 3M it will weed like a dream.
     
  5. Z SIGNS

    Z SIGNS Very Active Member

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    print em on clear and forget about weeding.
     
  6. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    This!!! I am doing letters upper and lower case now 1/4" weeds perfectly. Only problem up here is that suppliers dont supply and it is a special order.
     
  7. Dakotagrafx

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    properly set up cutter with sharp blade - 1/2" should be easy weeding. what plotter and blade are you using?
     
  8. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    put it in the frezzer for a few minutes then weed it
     
  9. MakeMyGraphic

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    wow, does the font you chose have a ton of serifs??? I always avoid serifs like the plague when it comes to long drawn out die cut messages or just charge EXTRA for them if they are smaller than a certain size, but 1/2" shouldn't be a problem unless you have a ton of serifs as I was wondering....
     
  10. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    3M 7725 (ElectroCut serie) is a very good vinyl for small caracters.

    I do the "freezer" step which is also a great way to shrink the vinyl enought to get a nice white line around the letter. That works good with calendred.

    Plotter settings / blade sharpness are also mandatory.
     
  11. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    This Works
     
  12. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    calendered vinyl.........cut and let it set for 24 hours.......it will shrink enough to see a the white backing paper as a line))) or app tape it then weed from app tape.
     
  13. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

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    use a real thin cast vinyl, always easier to weed. Worth the extra cost 10 x over
     
  14. DizzyMarkus

    DizzyMarkus Active Member

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    Issues with 1/4" not 1/2" -- check your settings and blade.

    Markus
     
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