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.

Automatic Screen Printing Presses

The Automatic Screen Printing Press is a machine that will automatically put the ink onto your garment and screen print it for you. If you are newer to this type of equipment or newer to the business then it’s time to get familiar with all the wonderful, time-saving benefits that a Workhorse Automatic Screen Printing Press has to offer. Just imagine with the push of a button and you can have a 6 color screen print done within 8 seconds; that’s 500 printed shirts within an hour! Aside from the clean, durable, accurate prints; think of all the money you could make if you properly managed your printing time per week or per job. Manual screen printing presses max out at about 45 shirts per hour and require the printer to do all the work.

Let us introduce you to the machines that we are thrilled to be selling:

The automatic press that we are the most excited about is The Freedom Express. The name says it all!

-15 x 15″ Print Area

-6 color/8 stations

-Air Printheads and Air Indexing with air driven printheads it’s easy to independently alter print/flood speeds for your needs.

-Overall Diameter of 10′ is the perfect size for all different business. Whether you are in a studio, garage or your own store this machine takes up just enough space to allow it to do the job.

-Touchscreen Interface Technology with a test mode for sample prints, a missed shirt feature, and an orbital mode.

-Flashback Compatibility to print, flash and cool all at one station!

-Central Off-Contact Feature allow printers to easily change between different substrates quickly.

-Squeegee/Floodbar Settings to allow you to leave the screen flooded or clear. All angle, pressure and speed adjustments are independently set for the look of your job.

-All Access Control Panel can be rotated to any station for easy access to the whole computer of the machine.

The Cutlass SE Series

-6 or 8 Color Options depending on which you prefer

-20 x 20″ Print Area

-Diameter for a 6 color is 12’6″, whereas the 8 color is 14′

-Air Printheads and Electric Indexing for zero delay times and precision indexing  available at multiple stations

-Plus all the added features of The Freedom Press

The Sabre Series

-6, 8, 10 or 12 Color Options

-20 x 20″ Print Area, the 12 color has a print area of 20 x 28″

-6 color 12’6″, 8 color 14′, 10 color 15’6″, 12 color 18′

-Plus all the added features of The Cutlass SE and The Freedom Press

Come visit us in Anaheim to see these machines in action and to test out their endless capabilities. As always we look forward to seeing you and to help you achieve your screen printing goals!

How to Screen Print: Printing with White Plastisol Ink

Watch this YouTube video explaining why white plastisol ink is essential for screen printing. In the video we will talk about the different plastisols you can use based on your screen printing job and ways in which to make printing with white ink easier. Learn these tips, tricks and techniques to help make your job run as smooth as possible.


What are some common problems that you have with printing with white plastisol ink? We want to hear from you, so leave a comment below the video

Four Color Process Screen Printing

Four color process screen printing, also known CMYK printing (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) is the technique that screen printers use when printing a photorealistic image on a garment. This differs from a typical four color print, because in this technique the plastisols are laid on top of one another wet. This process creates a wide variety of colors and dimension.  For this type of screen printing job we recommend using International Coatings Pro-Brite Process Colors. These plastisol inks provide a smooth, even print style. They are easy to manipulate whether you are printing with a manual or automatic screen printing press. Pro-Brite Process Inks are more opaque than the industry standard, yielding vibrant colors that make your print come to life.

It’s beneficial to know when you are using a manual press that a sharp 80 durometer squeegee with light pressure is ideal. It’s best to keep the ink on the surface of the garment. Lighter pressure will ensure that the next color you print mixes evenly and accurately in the dot space. The automatic presses use a 75/95/75 triple durometer squeegee set at a 20 degree angle with light pressure. A faster stroke speed is also ideal for an automatic press. Knowing this type of press set up, along with quality artwork will reward you with a detailed, realistic, photo-like screen print.

If you are newer to this process go into one of our stores today and let one of our knowledgeable associates help you. Be sure to stay up to date with more products like this by following our Instagram page and tune in on Friday’s to watch us work with products and techniques on Instagram Live.

 

How To Screen Print: Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

Watch our latest YouTube Video to help you determine the best exposure time by doing a step wedge. Once you’ve determined what emulsion you’ll be using you can ask a McLogan employee what the exposure time could be. This answer varies based on the exposure bulb you’re using and the distance from the bulb to the screen. Once you have a close estimate for exposure time, you can do time increments around your estimated time to test it out. Using the step-wedge allows you to do this once, only messing up one screen and giving you your best exposure time for screens moving forward.

Let us know that you like that video by leaving us a comment. If you have any questions call us today!

Rubber Top Aluminum Platens

Rubber top aluminum screen printing platens have been an addition that some screen printers are adding to their businesses. In general the aluminum platens tend to last longer than the wood platens and the aluminum is easier to clean. Every flash cure increases the temperature of the wood or aluminum platens. While this causes the wood to change shape over time, the aluminum will retain the heat, but maintain it’s shape. This added heat on the aluminum platen can cause the ink to prematurely cure. However, the rubber tops can be added to help dissipate the heat faster. The rubber tops also give the print a softer finish, making the plastisol ink feel more like a waterbase ink screen print.

While the aluminum platens are more efficient, the rubber tops over time will need to be replaced. Make sure to buy replacement rubber tops and when glueing the new rubber tops onto the platen use a high quality glue and try to get the rubber as seamless as possible.

If you’ve already made the switch to aluminum platens then it could be beneficial to try printing with rubber tops. If you are happy using wood platens, then by all means, stick with what works for you.

  • 1/4″ Solid Aluminum & 1/8″ Soft Top Rubber is an industry standard on major automatics.

Come try screen printing with aluminum and the rubber tops in our screen printing classroom in Los Angeles.

sabre-press

Eliminating Scorching When Screen Printing

Scorching your screen print is a common mistake for people newer to screen printing. Your garment will literally get burn marks where it has been overly cured, which can result from inconsistent and high dryer temperatures. Purchasing a Workhorse Powerhouse Quartz Dryer would be ideal to eliminate this problem since their technology and craftsmanship makes it one of the best dryers on the market. The Quartz Dryer warms up in seconds and maintains it’s set temperature, ensuring consistent performance. However, if you already own a good quality dryer than most likely your temperature setting isn’t ideal for your type of print and you are to blame. 🙂

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Below are some different techniques that will help you pinpoint what’s scorching your screen prints:

  • The ink deposit required for a white shirt, instead of a black shirt will cure at different temperatures. More ink is required on a black shirt, because of the white under-base, so that means that you would cure that shirt at a higher temperature.
  • White shirts don’t hold as much heat as darker shirts, so it more than likely that your scorch marks will appear on the white shirts. You want to get the shirt as hot as possible without scorching it, so this is where you need to test out your prints. We suggest that you have a few spare garments to test print and wash before full production.
  • For thinner ink deposit on a white shirt you can cure at a temperature of about 290-300 degrees Fahrenheit. For a standard ink deposit on a white shirt you are usually safe with about 300-310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Most athletic jerseys with thicker ink deposit require 340-350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Some heat sensitive fabric like spandex, or some workout wear will need a low cure additive like 3804. In this case usually you can correctly cure at 280-285 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another product that is helpful is Tekmar Scorch Remover . Scorch Remover will remove light-medium burn marks, or sun discoloration. You simply spray the remover onto the burnt or discolored areas of the shirt, and run the shirt back through the dryer.

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As always if you need help call one of our professionals today.

 

What Makes a Good Screen Print

What makes a good screen print? Most screen printers will feel a person’s printed garment first and then take a good look at it second. Below are some tips to help ensure that your screen prints are successful:

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                Printed by L.A. Airline

  • The feel of the print should match the feel of your fabric, so that it feels as though you are wearing a plain shirt.
  • The garment should wash well, shouldn’t crack and be fade resistant.
  • The lines (artwork) should be clean and crisp.
  • Use the right types of inks, additives, and or specialty materials for your design and garment is imperative.
  • The speed, angle and pressure should be consistent for every print. Your own repeated technique/system will be what makes your jobs easier and consistent.
  • Riding the blade of the squeegee on the print edge, through the proper mesh will help you get the cleanest print. Some argue that this is harder to do manually, but again it just goes back to your personal print method.
  • 160 mesh count should be your most common printing mesh. The mesh count tends to see the biggest mistake made when screen printing.
  • Under or over-curing the ink is also another common problem. Also do a test print and be sure to fully cure your ink to prevent cracks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of off-contact printing is ideal.
  • Using a T-square to square the image up properly on your garment will also help for consistent images on the garment.
  • Make sure you stir your ink! Plastisol ink tends to get thicker over time, so always stir it and ensure that it is creamy and smooth. If your ink needs to be thinned then add in an additive.
  • Use screens that are properly/correctly tensioned.

Hopefully these tips will help you and leave you with some amazingly good screen prints.

Color Separation for Screen Printing

In the video below we demonstrate a quick and extremely easy color separation in Adobe Illustrator with AccuRip Black Pearl. Check out how using AccuRIP Black Pearl will make your job a lot easier.