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.

St Patrick’s Day Supplies

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St Patrick’s Day is this week and it has us feeling festive! Our screen printing and sign customers have been buying all kinds of different green products, so we thought we would share the most popular ones with you all.

Here’s our list of St Patty’s Day Greens:

Montana Gold Spray Paint which comes in many different shades of green…green apple, acid green, pine, olive green, shock green light, etc. These spray paints are great for every craft, art project, and for signs.

Nazdar GV Vinyl Ink available in 2 different shades of green to screen print onto vinyl stickers.

Permaprint Waterbase Poster Ink in green or Glo green for cards, artwork, and posters.

International Coatings 7600 Series in Kelly Green for screen printing garments, bags, etc.

International Coatings Glow in the Dark we love the look of this glowing green plastisol for all your screen printing needs.

Matsui 301 Eco-Series Water Based has a great green shade.  Softer feel for your print jobs.

Oracal 651 Vinyl comes in 6 different greens for vinyl signs.

ThermoFlex Plus 5 different shades of green, but Kelly Green seems to be a favorite among customers.  The best for heat transfer t-shirts.

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Get a 20% credit on any of these green items on St. Patrick’s Day!

Removing Old Vinyl with Vinyl Off


IMG_2211Vinyl wrapping cars, boats, and trailers is now so common that most of us see different advertisements, images or designs daily.  But what happens when you want to remove your existing vinyl?  That’s where Vinyl Off by CrystalTek makes all the difference!!!

First, lets start with the vinyl that you should be using on your wrap jobs.  We recommend our vinyl customers to wrap with either Avery Vinyl or the Oracal 970 Series.  Both brands offer vinyls in many different colors, finishes, prints; all the while lasting anywhere from 5-10 years depending on the conditions.

When starting a new wrap job you may need to remove existing old vinyl.  Removing old vinyl can take hours and be very labor intensive.  The adhesive on most vinyls is made to last years, so removing larger pieces of vinyl, especially old vinyl can be tedious when the vinyl is cracked and breaks apart every few inches.  Imagine trying to remove a small sticker from your car that continually keeps ripping every time you try to pull it off, but on a much larger scale when dealing with full wraps…It’s exhausting!

We experienced this first hand when trying to remove 5 year old vinyl from a houseboat.  The first day was spent with a heat gun, and plastic scrapers, where the vinyl broke off in about 3-6 inch pieces.  After hours of labor, and blistered hands we eventually called it a day and then had a friend bring up Vinyl Off.  Once we were using Vinyl Off the job was so much easier.

With Vinyl Off we were able to remove the vinyl we applied 3 years ago, along with the black and purple reflective vinyl that we applied 15 years ago.

In the picture below you can see that we used an Oracal 970 Series Silver Metallic vinyl hoping to cover up the old existing black and purple stripes.  We had tried previously to remove the stripes, but the chemical solutions to remove vinyl were not made the way they are made today.  Hoping to just cover the old stripes we applied the Silver Metallic in vertical panels.  Within 3 years the reflective beads and the heat from the sun made the old stripes burn through our newer vinyl.  This is where Vinyl Off made all the difference.  Not only did the newer vinyl peel right off, but we were able to scrape off the 15 year old vinyl!

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Vinyl Off works by penetrating through the vinyl and then by attacking the adhesive.  Allowing you to remove the vinyl in large strips, speeding up the process by hours.  It’s always best to remove old vinyl with some sort of heat.  Either a hot heat gun, or in much warmer climates the strength of the sun.

After your old vinyl is removed there will be some slight adhesive left and you will then want to use Rapid Remover to remove all the adhesive.  Rapid Prep will be your next step to prep your vehicle for your next wrap job.

If you have any questions or if you would like Mclogan to put together a “wrap chemical kit” for you call us.

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Wall Art Using Oracal Vinyl Decals

Vinyl wall decals/stickers can be seen at all home good stores, found on Etsy, and are becoming a regular interior designing tool.  They are easy to apply and come in matte finishes so they look like they are hand painted.  They’re easy to switch out and not to mention super cute.  Some  vinyl decals are sold as one big vinyl sticker, while some companies sell lots of smaller stickers that can be applied in lots of different ways.

Here’s some of the decals that we have been loving lately:

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We decided to add vinyl decals to our son’s nursery. We used the Oracal 631 matte series vinyl. The Oracal 631 series is a 3-year film; it removes cleanly and easily for up to 2 years after application. It’s an ideal choice for short-to medium-term indoor graphics; great for tradeshows, wall graphics, museum displays, and exhibitions. The matte surface suppresses unwanted reflections and is available in 64 colors.

We designed our son’s decals in Adobe Illustrator with eight different sized rectangles.  We put the rectangles in no particular pattern, so it didn’t look too uniformed. We used 24″ material and made the design 22 1/2 inches wide, so we could cut it on the Graphtec ce-6000 24″ vinyl cutter.  After we cut the vinyl we weeded the unwanted vinyl and applied R-tapes 4050rla Medium Tack application tape.

With the Oracal 631 series a medium tack application tape will make your  life a little easier even though you can get away with the high tack application tape if thats what you had.  Next we placed the graphic on the wall, and taped the middle of the graphic so we could pull the backing off the vinyl and place it on the wall.  After you get the top half of the graphic on the wall, remove the tape in the middle and slowly lay the bottom half of the graphic on the wall. Once you squeegee the graphic with a vinyl applicator start peeling off the application tape slowly making sure the graphic is releasing form the application tape and onto the wall.  We repeated this process until the accent wall was fully covered.

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If you have questions about this project, products used or the technique give one of our 4 McLogan locations a call.  We would be happy to help with your next project!!!