Glass Vinyl Application

Glass vinyl application is commonly used to display a store’s name/logo, business hours, and current promotions. Maximize the window space of your business to further help reach your audience, and to build your clientele with vinyl!

Click HERE to watch the video of Jett breaking down the entire application process.

The products used in the video:

Rapid Tac 

Rapid Tac Application Fluid works as a cleaning solution to prep the glass, further helping prep a clean glass surface for your vinyl stickers. This fluid gives just enough slide to float your vinyl into the correct position before you squeegee it into place, where as other fluids may become sticky or dry too quickly.

Oracal Transparent Vinyl 8300

R-Tape 4075 Application tape 

Squeegee

Remove liquid and air bubbles from your design using the soft edge first, and then the hard edge to allow the vinyl to properly adhere. You always want to use your squeegee at a 45 degree angle to keep equal pressure throughout the squeegee blade and to get an even placement of your design.

Graphtec CE 6000-60 Plus Series Plotter

Be sure to watch the video! If you have any questions or comments leave them on YouTube.

How to – Vinyl Car Wrapping

Vinyl car wrapping will continue to be a major trend for 2017 and we’re here to help you learn how to do it. Whether it’s a vehicle used to market your business, or your own personal vehicle that you’d like to freshen up; vinyl is the way to go!

Vinyl car wrapping progressed mainly for advertisement purposes, but now a lot of people are choosing to wrap their cars, rather than repaint. Avery is the leader of modern, advanced adhesive vinyl; ranging in many different colors and finishes (chrome, matte, semi-gloss). Some may be thinking about the stickers that they tried putting on their cars years ago. Trying to get the right placement, remove air bubbles and to get a smooth finish takes skill. The techniques used to wrap a car still take practice and require some skill, but it’s now easier than ever before thanks to the adhesive technology. Avery’s adhesive technology allows you to reposition, stretch and mold the vinyl before it fully adheres at around 24 hours. This type of “cast” vinyl has channels allowing the air and bubble to escape; leaving you with a smooth finish for up to 10 years. All vinyl rolls can be stretched by 40% to allow wrapping around bumpers, curves and edges.

Avery Vinyl from McLogan Supply

Car Wrapping Steps:

Step 1: Choose your desired vinyl. At Mclogan Supply we sell 60 inch x 25 yards of color changing vinyl rolls, in 50 different colors. Usually one basic color roll will cost you around $550 and that will cover most cars fully. Since this is just a single color change, anyone can do it. You don’t have to worry about a design or printing. In some cases, our customers just need a specific area of their vehicle color changed and we then sell the vinyl by the yard.

Step 2: Thoroughly clean the car and make sure it’s dust free. Removing mirrors and molding makes for a smoother vinyl wrap and usually takes less time over all. Any type of dent, deep scratch, or dead bug will show up under your vinyl, so be sure to get the car as clean and smooth as possible.

Step 3: Map out where you want to start vinyl wrapping. Some prefer to start with the bumpers, because they take some time to stretch and mold the vinyl. Other people start with the hood of the car, like you can see on our YouTube video posted here. Once you know where you’re going to start, use a Mclogan Utility Knife to cut your vinyl into sections. These panels need to be pre-cut to cover the entire desired space as seamlessly as possible. Next, you will use Mclogan Wrapping Magnets to hold the vinyl in place as you remove the backing (just like a sticker).

Step 4: Start sticking the vinyl panel onto your car, from the center out. If the vinyl doesn’t lay right/bubble just lift up the edge, pull and stretch, before you lay it back on. Using a Wetedge Squeegee here is key. This squeegee will allow you to stretch, mold and smooth the vinyl over the vehicles curves. Using a heat gun while stretching and molding the vinyl is also really helpful, especially for bumpers. Preheating and stretching the vinyl will help with the harder concave spaces.

Step 5: Now that your vinyl has been pulled, stretched, heated and smoothed into place, you can now cut off the excess vinyl. Use your Mclogan Utility Knife to carefully cut away and peel. Be sure to use a light hand when cutting, to ensure that you are not scratching the paint beneath the vinyl. Remember to reapply the cut edges with 3M Primer 94 to prevent peeling! A good tip is to not forget to use Primer 94 under your hood, attaching the vinyl to the hood. The hood seems to be a spot some people forget and over time it is known to peel away.

After these 5 steps you are done! Take in your new looking vehicle and enjoy your labor! The best thing about vinyl is that your car paint is now protected from minor rocks, road trip dings, and fading from the sun. Your vinyl will last up to 10 years if you’re using Ducky Car Wrapping Vinyl Cleaner.

We can’t wait to see your next vinyl project, so be sure to #mclogansupply on Facebook and Instagram. As always, call us with any questions.

July 4th Supply Sale

4th of July  Weekend Sale

 10% OFF SUPPLIES

Our stores are closed July 3rd and 4th in celebration of the 4th of July, but that doesn’t mean you cant save at mclogan.com

Use promo code MCL7417 at checkout to save.

Offer valid for supplies only.  Excludes equipment.

Starting Your Screen Printing Business

We are so fortunate to help so many people get started in the screen printing industry. We go from watching these men and women have a love of art, creating and design; to then turning that love into a full blown thriving business.

This blog is for those of you that have been wanting to start your own business, but who haven’t. You know, the timing isn’t quite right. You could possibly fail and then risk being rejected. Maybe you don’t honestly believe that you deserve success; it’s everyone else and just not meant for you. We get it, but let’s be honest and tell you that’s all a bunch of bullsh*t.

When you are passionate about what you are doing and living your purpose there’s no such thing as a failure. Sure, there will be many lessons along your journey, but you will fail foreword. You’ll become smarter and wiser from every challenge. It’s those time of challenge where we find our true potential. It’s when we realize how smart we are at problem solving; at learning and rising to overcome whatever obstacle.

If you’ve been in your comfort zone wishing, and talking about a business you plan on starting; let today be that day. Feel the rush, excitement and aliveness within you and challenge that into succeeding. At the end of the day we rarely throughout our lives feel true failure, and rejection. On the contrary, if we look back over the years we will see that we’ve had endless teachers, mentors, and friends cheering us on and teaching us. For the maybe 5 plus times we may truly face rejection that hits our heart, there are thousands of complements, love and guidance trying to push us towards our true path. Let McLogan’s help you get started on your screen printing path. We are here to cheer you on!!! Here to offer tips, tricks and optimal products, so that success is guaranteed.

As always it’s all of you living your dreams and shopping at our stores, that allows us to live our dreams of being the best screen printing and sign supply company. So thank you for supporting us and in turn we are ready to support you!

We look forward to hearing from you and may this be the start of you living out your dreams.

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Off Contact Screen Printing Set-Up

Off contact screen printing is the space between the substrate and the printing side of your screen. This type of printing method allows the screen to only touch the garment lightly when the squeegee is pressing the ink through the screen. Off contact height levels are determined by the fabric of your garment and can range anywhere from an 1/16 of an inch to a 1/4 inch.

Watch McLogan’s video to see how to set up your screen for off contact printing.

Screen Printing Classes in Los Angeles | Learn in 2 Days & You Can Open Your Own Store! | McLogan

McLogan Supply helps hundreds of customers a day with questions about screen printing. We have found that most of the questions we get asked are very similar in scope. Most revolve around how to start and build your own screen printing company and how to troubleshoot exposure and printing issues. With so many questions we have decided to offer an educational course on screen printing.We are thrilled to announce that we are now offering monthly screen printing classes. Attend our Screen Printing classes Academy and learn everything you need to know about screen printing. McLogan now has its own education room, dark room and we have an experienced and knowledgeable staff teaching the class.Ross Hunter has his own thriving screen printing, graphic design, and embroidery business. He specializes in marketing and training within the field, as well as management of the day to day operations. Let him teach and inspire you how to create/operate your own business.

Classes will be monthly on Friday & Saturday from 9am-5pm at our Los Angles location. The upcoming screen printing classes’ dates are all listed on our website.

Screen Print Class Los Angeles

Here’s What You Can Expect to be Covered in Class:

  1. Introduction to Art; Vector art with Photoshop, Jpeg, tiff, and bmp, spot color, separations, 4 color process, and assorted graphic programs.
  2. Films and Output; Why an ink jet printer? Inkjet RIP, plotters, density req.
  3. Screen Preparation; Frame & mesh selection, pre-stretched wood versus aluminum and pre-production paperwork.
  4. Setting up a Screen room; Racks, lighting, dehumidifiers and environment.
  5. Pre-press; Degreasing, emulsions, coating, drying, exposure and block-out.
  6. Setting Up a Job & Printing; Print order, registration, strike-offs and printing techniques.
  7. Curing Parameters; Flash temperatures, final cure parameters and testing.
  8. Production Tracking; Final counts, cleaning garments, misprints and filling out production reports for job repeatability and consistency.
  9. Additional Tips & Advice; Print placements, Photoshop separation guide, blends, puff ink tricks, curable reducers and assorted short cuts.

Class size is limited to 12 people, so sign up online to reserve your spot!

We look forward to further helping you reach your business goals and to establishing a great business partnership. See you in our education room soon!

Best Way To Register Your Artwork

The answer to this problem is a screen printing registration template. Our pre-registration templates are printed on backlight film making it very simple to register your screen printing jobs. This template will save you time and make it easy for lining up spot colors and four color process jobs. The templates overall size is 26″x36″ for 20″x24″ and 23″x31″ screen printing frames. The template comes with center line registration and left and right pocket registration — a must for any screen printing business. Here are detailed instructions and a YouTube video to help learn how to use the template.

Step by step screen printing registration Instructions:

1. Make sure your film positive has center registration marks.
2. Line up the center registration marks on your artwork to the center lines on the pre-registration template.

Line Up Center Registration marks

3. Tape your artwork down to the pre-registration template right side up.
4. Pull out the appropriate size screen for your job and place it in the according outline for your size screen on the pre-registration templete.

Adding Registration Marks

5. Using a soft tip black marker make a mark on your screen where each registration mark is on the artwork
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have marked all screens needed for that job.
7. When finished marking the screens needed. Tape each film positive to your screen using the center registration marks and the marks that you applied to each screen.

Burn Your Screen

8. Burn your screen!

 

Screen Printing Classes in Los Angeles: Establishing Your Art

Creating your artwork can be a confusing project for someone new to the screen printing industry; good news is McLogan’s Supply Academy Screen Printing 101 Classes have you covered. Take your ideas and turn them into a screen printed design. Screen Printing Classes 101 will teach you all the steps needed and what programs to use, so that you will work your way toward screen printing your artwork. Screen printers create their artwork into one of two main categories: Vector Art or a Raster Image.Vector Art:Vector Art is the most common artwork used for spot color printing, where you are printing solid forms of color to create a design. With this type of printing you aren’t dealing with halftones, blending colors, you are literally just working with a single stamp of color. Spot color includes most logos (green Starbucks logo), fonts, and vector artwork. These types of designs can be made in CorelDRAW, Adobe Freehand, and Adobe Illustrator. You will also have the ability to adjust the size, and color to the whole artwork without it changing your design.

Vector Image:
Vector Image

Raster Image:

A Raster image is much more pictorial than a Vector image. It’s full of color (pixels), halftones, and is printed by a four color process. These images are usually JPEG, GIF, TIFF and BMP. Adobe Photoshop and Coral PHOTO-PAINT are the programs best for designing these images.

Raster Image

Click HERE to sign up for our next McLogan Academy Screen Printing 101 classes and gain knowledge with these main design options, and programs. Classes will also teach you about four color process, simulated process, clip art, etc. We look forward to seeing you!

Screen Printing Class 101: Films

Films are another topic covered in McLogan’s Academy Screen Printing 101 ClassesFor great washout results you need to have a film positive that blocks out 100%  UV from the exposure source. Inkjet printers are your best bet for inkjet film, since the printer will spray the ink onto your film as dense as need be for a clear image. We suggest using a dye-based ink for your printer since it tends to be impenetrable. The Epson 1430 is the most affordable printer made and they also sell all black ink cartridge system that will help your positive be even darker.
Let’s Talk Films

Waterproof: Waterproof film is the most commonly used film in the industry. It is a 4m film that is highly absorbent, allowing the film to really absorb the ink ensuring for a dark image. Its medium weight combined with a wide color gamut makes this the perfect choice for color separations.

Standard Inkjet: Inkjet film can be used for some of the older printers. This film is more affordable, but for some of the people newer to screen printing it is harder to get a dark image.

Laser Film: Just for laser printers. It’s thick and made to resist heat.

screen printing film

The cleaner, and darker your positive the easier the rest of your screen printing process will be when washing out the image. If 100% of the UV is not blocked out then you will deal with over exposure and you’ll have to use a pressure washer to clean off the emulsion.

Come take McLogan’s Academy Screen Printing 101 and learn all the expert tricks to turn your dreams into a brand.

Stahls Laser Alignment System

We love a new product that makes heat pressing t-shirts faster, and easier!

Throwing out crooked, heat pressed t-shirts is a thing of the past. Let us introduce you to Stahls Laser Alignment System. It only takes a few minutes to assemble this 4 independently positional laser gadget that will help you accurately line up your artwork for all your heat pressing jobs. This system can be set up on any stable surface and you can position the 4 lasers separately, in a ton of different dimensions to ensure that your design is centered, even and accurate. This product works on any type of heat press or flat work space.

The basic use of this laser would be to have it used while you line up your t-shirt on the press. Once your t-shirt is lined up, place your heat transfer on the t-shirt using the lasers for correct placement and then heat press.

An alternative way to use this laser would be to setup a flat work space, and align the lasers as needed. Lay your shirt flat, with the help of the lasers place your heat transfer down and use heat resistant tape to secure the transfer. Repeat as needed on all the shirts you plan on making. Then just slide your shirt on to the press, heat press and you’re done.

The Laser Alignment Wizard comes with your purchase to further help you position and line up the lasers accurately based on your transfer size and shape. This wizard is a template that folds out and is placed directly onto your platen. Line up the lasers with the lines on the Alignment Wizard to help with all different types of transfers (center, left chest, right chest placement, etc.)

Stahls Laser Alignment System

Stahls STX 16×16 Heat Press with the Laser Alignment

Click here to order today and leave crooked heat transfers in the past.