Our staff has many years of sign design experience. Bring us your ideas and we will design a sign that gets your message across and enhances your company image.
Digital Imaging is a broad category that spans all manipulation of electronic graphic files. We will always review the validity of your files to make sure they output correctly. We work with up to date applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat & Omega.
For Large format projects, to get the maximum output resolution when printing, it’s necessary to have a good resolution to start with. If you don’t have access to a scanner, or don’t feel you’ll get the quality your image deserves, we can scan at the proper resolutions for you.
As a general rule vinyl graphics and lettering should be applied within the temperature range of 50 to 85 degrees. Static can be a problem but it is easily overcome by using a light misting of Isopropyl alcohol, water or application fluid.
All graphics supplied by Signs 2 Go, Inc. for Do-It-Yourself application are pre-spaced on release paper with transfer tape, ready for application to substrate. There are two basic methods of vinyl application, “wet” and “dry”. The dry method requires a fair amount of skill and experience and so the preferred method for Do-It-Yourself is the “wet” method.
Vinyl Application “Wet”
Correct positioning is important, and so the graphic should be positioned prior to removing backing paper to ensure correct alignment of graphic to substrate, masking tape can be used to mark reference points.
Use a piece of masking tape along the top of the decal, half on the transfer film and half on the substrate ensuring correct alignment to the reference points. The tape will act as a hinge on the top edge of the decal.
Lift the decal on its hinge and pull back a small section of the release backing paper. Spray the back of the decal with application fluid using a hand spray bottle. (The substrate could also be sprayed)
Remove the backing paper and allow the decal to return to its original position. Using a squeegee, start from the top center, using horizontal strokes to the edge of the decal. Continue with firm strokes from the center to the edge, down to the bottom of the decal, enduring all air is expelled from behind the vinyl to achieve a good adhesive bond.
Allow ten to twenty minutes for the adhesive to cure. Spray the transfer paper with water or application fluid and allow it to penetrate, this should take a few minutes depending on the weather conditions and humidity. Spray the paper once more and allow another minute before removing the transfer paper. To remove the transfer paper, start at one corner and pull back at an angle of 180 degrees. Once the paper is removed, check the decal for correct adhesion, air bubbles and creases. The decal can be rubbed down again with a felt squeegee or place the silicon release paper over the decal and use the plastic squeegee. Note. Never use the plastic squeegee directly onto the vinyl. It will mark the vinyl.
Pricking the bubble with a pin and then using the squeegee to push the air towards the pinhole can remove small air bubbles. (Use a felt squeegee or finger pressure).
Rivet Heads. Air bubbles may occur around rivet heads on vehicle, use the above instructions to remove the air.