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I have not been on here in a while, but plan on spending more time learning on here about my versacamm.
I have two questions I hope someone can answer. First could someone recommend a good digital media for door application on a truck. Second is it possible to laminate by hand, I do not have a machine, and can not justify buying one at the moment.
Doors can be done with any good digital capable vinyl. Check Oracal, Arlon, Sihl etc. Check out Big Squeegee for hand application of laminate.
Butch is spot on and I agree with all of this recommendation. Also in the beginning prelaminator - I would use spray on or roll on - both had UV protection and offered some scratch resistance - but is not equal to a laminate. We all start somewhere, but manage to get it done.
HI! We also use liquid sometimes (Clearshield from Fellers) but another thing we've done is work out a deal with our local vocational technical school. They have a graphic design dept and use a large format laminator. We buy our own material and pay them a portion of what we charge (we mark it up) so that they are compensated for loading/unloading materials etc.
Is there someone nearby you could trust not to steal your biz that you could do this with?
I have a 55" Daige laminator for sale if you are interested.
Craig's List add here.
Only use CAST digital vinyl on vehicles. You can use calendered CUT VINYL on vehicles no problems but the calendered digital vinyls shrink way too much and will show a nasty dirt line within a month or so of application around the graphic.
Yes cast digital vinyl with laminate looks expensive but charge accordingly and you won't have any issues. I recommend 3M 180C. Has air release for easy installs.
You can laminate by hand, I have been for 2 years using the big squeegee tool. http://www.bigsqueegee.com/
Thanks for the info guys. I did order some calandered vinyl and laminate, I will use that for less demanding jobs than vehicles.
Which laminate would you put over the 180c ?, does that also need to be cast?
I do have big squeegees, and have gotten good results.
A good rule is to match cal with cal and cast with cast. Actually, putting cast laminate over calendered vinyl helps it from shrinking. That way you only need to stock 1 laminate and 2 vinyls.
3M recommends using their cast laminates such as: 8518, 8519, 8520 or 8915. Some are luster, gloss and matte.
For a low cost, GREAT calendered vinyl, try General Formulations Concept 201 matte or 203 gloss. It's under $100 a roll and works great for print/cut jobs not needing cast. I use it for yard signs, window decals, labels, foamcore signs and bulk runs of print/cut stickers. You can get it from Fellers or at Grimco under their Brite Line house brand.