10 Best Screen Printing and Sign Supply Products

There’s been a big shift in the screen printing industry towards eco- friendly products that yield great results, while being healthy for you and the planet.  We’ve also seen vinyl take off, with car wraps and the majority of those jobs being either for advertisements, or just strait up color changes.

Here’s our top 5 Screen Printing Supplies:

  1. Franmar Color Change:  an eco-friendly way to unclog and clean screen printing mesh.
  2. Eco Click Frames: environmentally safe product where you buy 1 screen and then can switch out and change mesh counts as needed.  No glues or chemicals needed!
  3. Thermotron Heat Press:  affordable heat press with the 3 in 1 LCD screen to help manage the tempature, time, and quantity.
  4. Livingston Tag Pallet Board:  allows for printing of a t-shirt neck label and the front of the t-shirt in one step.
  5. Mclogan Emulsion Remover Concentrate: most affordable emulsion remover on the market.

Top 5 Sign Supplies:

  1. Magnetic Vinyl Applicator:  the magnetic squeegee will hold your knife, while the squeegee will hold your vinyl in place.  You don’t even need to use tape!
  2. Knifeless Tech Design Line:  Tape that cuts through vinyl just like a plotter…genius!
  3. Avery Supreme Vinyl Wrap: This dual layer vinyl combines both color and clear protective layers providing a paint-like finish that is both durable and dazzling.
  4. Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640:  Roland’s fastest, most powerful wide – format color printer/cutter ever, the 64-inch Pro 4 ushers in a new era of quality, precision and performance.
  5. Nikkalite Reflective Vinyl:  Highly reflective vinyl with a 7 year warranty.

xr640-1It’s been a great year and we thank you for your business.  Now that 2015 is officially off and running we hope that your year is filled with love, wealth, happiness and health!

 

Large Format Vinyl Wrapping

Updating the look of your RV, truck or boat can be as easy as printing a new vinyl wrap and applying it.  Let your creativity go into full force as you design an image that can represent you and/or your business.  Here’s how to print on a large format printer and  how to vinyl wrap a large object (truck, houseboat, rv).

Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 is the best large format printer on the market!  This wide format (64 inch) plotter and cutter is precise, quick and efficient.  Offering the use of 8 different colors with 4 different color variations.  These large format prints are so vivid and offer up a “wow” factor unlike other printers.  This printer is perfect for banners, signs, decals, vehicles, boats, etc.

Here are the 4 different color variations that help make the prints look so real:

  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black
  • CMYKLcLm + White + Metallic
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  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + Metallic

Most people will design their large image in Photoshop Illustrator and then send it to Roland Versaworks Rip Program where you can then tweak your design as needed. You can adjust the ink amount that goes onto the vinyl, adjust the colors, or flip the image if you are printing on two sides of something.

When it comes to vinyl wrapping a large object you first want to take accurate measurements of whatever you plan on wrapping.  For this post we will be talking about a houseboat, so we took overall measurements, took some photos of the houseboat and took measurements of all the windows where there wouldn’t be any vinyl.  Some vehicles will have exact templets of the vehicle make and model that you get online, this doesn’t apply with a houseboat, but for other large vinyl jobs it is convenient.

Once you have your measurements and templet made then you can begin the design process in Photoshop Illustrator.  Adding in ghost images that overlap to create depth, business logos/brands, splatters, dripping ink pieces, shadows, themes… let your creativity run wild!   Then transfer your image to Versaworks and get ready to print.

If you are printing on Avery or Oracal you want to do a color profile to ensure that your colors print the way you intend for them to look.  Most people will pick a piece of their artwork to test print.  However, some vinyl printers do NOT do test prints unless there is a specific pantone color that they need to match for brand recognition (think of McDonald’s golden arches).

You can choose to print your image vertically or horizontally depending on the surface you are wrapping, how many people you have to helping you, and by the number of seams that you will want to have.

The picture below shows a houseboat being wrapped horizontally which look challenging, but they had enough guys helping to make it work.  Also their design was very detailed so it was probably a smarter choice for them to have just one seam to have to worry about lining up rather than 5 or 6.

When you get to the actual vinyl wrapping process you first want to clean and prep it.  Some people will detail their vehicles before, but for a houseboat you can spray and wipe down RapidPrep.  Once the surface is fully dry then you can begin to wrap.

If you are wrapping vertically then you would tape the middle, cut the backing off of the top and apply the top vinyl piece first.  Then you would apply the bottom piece.

If you are wrapping horizontally you would tape along the bottom edge, flip it down, peel off the backing and cut off the backing as close to your cut edge as possible.  Then flip it up and start squeegeeing from the middle out.  Using a wet edge squeegee with a wet application usually works best so that you don’t scratch the image.  You can get a Wet Edge Squeegee here and the Rapid Tac application fluid here.

Ducky Vinyl Wrap is the fluid to finish the job.  This will remove all the water spots, protect and enhance the shine of your nice new wrap!

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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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Grow Your Business With Roland Printers

Roland Printers offer superior digital printing equipment with reliability, service and support. Roland’s inkjet family includes a wide range of technologically advanced, yet user-friendly, color printers and printer/cutters designed to suit the varying needs of graphics and specialty imaging professionals.

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Die Cut Labels and Decals
Roland’s printer/cutters are perfect for creating die-cut labels and decals of virtually any shape with optimum precision, speed and ease. Integrated printing and contour-cutting technology simplifies the process dramatically, saving you considerable time and money. Roland’s printer/cutters also allow for unattended printing. You can program a job to run all night, and your labels or decals will be perfectly printed, contour cut and waiting for you in the morning.

Banners
Offering different ink configurations and boasting advanced  print head technology, Roland printer/cutters are designed to produce stunning banners at fast speeds. State-of-the-art print head and variable droplet technology delivers banners with rich color density, greater detail in the highlights and smoother blends and transitions overall.  248820_1873122682165_7340521_n

Signs
Roland printer/cutters work in conjunction with Roland’s Eco-Sol MAX  eco solvent ink to create signs with exceptional images and text that are durable up to three years outdoors without lamination. Offering high color density and a wide gamut, Eco-Sol MAX  performs beautifully on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Prints dry quickly for easy handling and production throughout the sign production and finishing process.

Vehicle Wraps
Roland’s large format (30”-64”) printer/cutters are synonymous with professional quality, eye-catching vehicle wraps and graphics. Each model boasts an integrated two-stage heater system that dries prints quickly, even in high-speed modes, for immediate finishing, installation or collection by the take up roll.  111 Ink vehicle wrap

Posters and Backlit Displays
Eco-Sol MAX ink increases the versatility of every Roland printer/cutters by performing on a wide range of both coated and uncoated media, including a variety of papers for posters and film for unsurpassed backlit displays.

Wall Graphics and Murals
Roland printer/cutters are ideal for producing a variety of wall graphics and murals for residential, office and retail applications. Roland’s newest media offerings are designed to perfectly complement the performance of Roland’s advanced large-format inkjets and Eco-Sol MAX  inks. This results in stunning, easy to apply and remove graphics for enhancing the walls of any home or workplace.  th-4

Fine Art and Photos
Eco-Sol MAX ink and variable droplet technology allow the RIP to choose from seven different droplet sizes, enabling each Roland printer/cutter to deliver fine art and photographic reproductions with exquisite detail and vivid color. Roland’s line of Solvent Canvas Media offers excellent gamut and image quality with Roland Eco-Sol MAX ink.

Colorful Print & Cut Heat Transfers
Making profit on custom short run apparel is all about versatility and ease of use. The Roland printers deliver vibrant printing, contour cutting and metallic ink for creating full-color, short-run T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats and other textiles. Choose our specialized HeatSoft® Transfer Material (ESM-HTM2) and Polyester Transfer Mask (PGM-PTM), specifically designed to work with Eco-Sol MAX ink for print/cut inkjet heat transfers to cotton or cotton blend garments.

Roland GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter

Roland GX-24 Desktop Vinyl CutterRoland cutters to get the job done.  In addition to legendary reliability, the CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 desktop vinyl cutter combines precision cutting with ease of use.  Powered by a digital servomotor, it achieves cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second with maximum accuracy.  Vehicle graphics, signs, decals, labels, stencils, pin-striping and heat transfers come out looking crisp and clean.  Whether you are small business owner, a mom looking to do party decor/DIY projects or a screen printing shop wanting to do athletic jerseys this is your machine!

 This machine is one of our top selling products because it is highly reliable and easy to use.  The Roland GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter has a LCD panel on the front for easy viewing and navigation.  There is also a blade groove on its apron for easy manual cutting.  A sheet roller base is included with each GX-24 Cutter to help keep media feeding straight through.  Roland Stands are also available from McLogan.

  • From 2 to 27.5 inches wide, the CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 accepts a wide range of materials. It cuts sign vinyl, paint mask, reflective/clothing vinyls, twill, heat transfer, and sandblast material.
  • The CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 includes an optical registration system that automatically recognizes desktop printer crop marks and aligns media to create a powerful and cost-effective print and cut solution.
  • The speed and precision with a CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 is to be expected with a Roland plotter.  The Roland GX-24 uses a digital servomotor to achieve maximum accuracy and cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second.  The desktop cutter also features a curve-smoothing function that allows precise cutting even at high speeds.  The result is faster production and more professional looking graphics.

McLogan has 2 Roland technical support guys that are ready to help you to purchase a plotter or if you have questions.  Contact Jett at our Chatsworth location 818-718-0888, or Danny at our Anaheim location 714-999-1194.

Sign Gold 22 KT Vinyl

Sign Gold is a product that most people have seen on fire trucks, boats, cars and some signage, but here’s some information on why this is a top selling product at Mclogan Supply.

Sign Gold is actual gold and silver metal that is deposited into the underside of a durable weather resistant film.  The best news is that a sealing agent and permanent self-adhesive are applied creating a super durable film.  It’s a superior alternative to gold leafing, since you can create your designs on your computer, then have it cut on a plotter.  You’ll get the same gold leafing look, but with Sign Gold it is much faster and cheaper.  Even if you were to go with a standard gold vinyl, the finish would not look like actual gold leafing.  There’s a brilliance, and texture that comes with using a Sign Gold Vinyl.

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There’s 3 vinyls that will be offered on our websites and in stores:

  • 22 KT is a pure gold color
  • 23.5 KT is more of a “yellow” color of gold vinyl
  • .999 Silver is a pure silver color vinyl

22KT and 23.5 KT vinyls are available in 15″ and 24″ rolls, depending on the finishes.  The Florentine Swirl, Satin Surface, Large Engine Turn, X-Large Engine Turn, Large Engine Turn (23.5 KT) are all available in 15″ and 24″ rolls.  The Small Engine Turn is only available in the 15″ roll.  All finishes in the .999 Silver are sold only as 15″ rolls.  The finish Large Engine Turn is only available in the 23.5 KT vinyl in both 15″ and 24″.  claymont

Sign Gold is a product that will enhance your sign business and is now on our website.

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McLogan Manufacturers Spotlight – A Guide to Avery Vinyl for Signage & Vehicle Wraps

Avery Vinyl from McLogan SupplyAvery Vinyl products can help eliminate the confusion in the market today due to the variety of vinyl available. They make a variety of vinyls that  are used for vehicle wraps, making signs and for digital graphics and come are available in different qualities, colors and prices.

Here are some of the main types and uses are:

Calendered Vinyl:

Calendered vinyl is the most economical and has a relatively short lifespan. When liquid vinyl is poured into a mold, it is stretched to make it even. The stretching reduces durability, it is prone to cracking, and the color fades faster. This type of Avery Vinyl is used for mobile advertisements on the roads such as banners and billboards. This vinyl lasts 1-5 years depending on how it is used.

Intermediate Vinyl:

This intermediate Avery Vinyl is a mid-quality grained vinyl.  It is very durable and can last up to five years before it starts to fade and crack. This vinyl is typically used for car stickers, decals, signage and banners . However, constant exposure to the weather can cause buckles and bubbles to form in the vinyl. This vinyl is also a calendered vinyl so it is best suited to flat surfaces and not recommended for uneven or contour surfaces.

Cast Vinyl:

Avery Vehicle VinylAs the best Avery Vinyl of the three, cast vinyl can be used for any type of surface. This vinyl is only 2 millimeters thick. Whether it is a flat or a contour surface, cast vinyl easily molds to all surfaces. This is the most popular Avery Vinyl and is highly recommended for decals and vehicle wraps. It adheres very well to all kinds of rivets.

Avery cast vinyl is highly resistant to water, heat and extreme weather and is the preferred vehicle wrap for cars, trucks and boats due to its excellent conformity to non-flat surfaces. Cast vinyl is sturdy and long lasting, typically good for 7+ years .

Avery vinyl also comes in range of specialty films including:

  • Avery Supreme Wrapping Film.  This film has a paint-like finish and is dazzling in appearance. The durable film is easy to install and molds easily over contoured surfaces.

  • Avery 1100 High Visibility Reflective Film. This film is cost-effective and enhances visibility during the day and at night. It has a high quality glossy finish and is best suited for billboard advertisements. It is resistant to heat, humidity and UV rays.

Avery Vinyl offers many different types of vinyl. Some are highly visible. Some are longer lasting. Some appear shiny and glossy, and some have a matt finish. Avery has a vinyl to suit your needs and your budget.

McLogan Supply offers a full line of fine Avery Vinyls and is happy to answer questions about how to best use and apply.

Spotlight on McLogan Customer: One 11 Ink

McLogan SupplyLarge format printing with digital technology is One 11 Ink’s specialty. They do eye catching vehicle and boat wrap graphics, banners of all sizes, trade show printing and even artists canvas fine art prints. Located in Valencia, California, they are known for providing excellent service, creative designs, spectacular print results and great pricing.

For the past 12 years One 11 Ink has built a reputation for meeting clients’ large format printing creative goals and production needs in a timely fashion. They have the talent and resources to handle a client’s project from conception to completion. They offer expert large format printing services, with excellent pixel density and rich colors for superb results.  They do a wide variety of digital printing services but here are the most popular:

  • Vehicle wraps for businesses, events, fleets, private autos and vehicle color change
  • Boat wraps – all sizes
  • Custom printed & cut vinyl decals
  • Point of purchase (POP) displays
  • Awesome tradeshow and banner graphics
  • Window graphics of all sizes
  • Artists canvas prints up to super large scale

McLogan Digital SuppliesWraps: One 11 Ink is an experienced specialist in large vehicle and car wraps including design, printing and installation. If you want more people to know about your business or just want to change the color of your car, vehicle wrapping is great way to make a splash. Their vinyl wraps use only quality vinyls, long-lasting inks and are laminated for added durability. Highly experienced installers insure your wrap is expertly applied whether you are wrapping one car or a fleet of vehicles.

One11ink has been wrapping vehicles and boats since 2000. There isn’t anything that moves that they have not wrapped including Ferraris, Bentleys, professional race cars for high-end companies, cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, speed boats, trailers, motor homes, motorcycles, helicopters, helmets and more.

Banners: For outstanding color and crispness on indoor or outdoor banner images, One 11 Ink offers the latest technology in digital printing that can be scaled to any size.

Graphics: Dramatic branding for tradeshow graphics, pop-up displays and window graphics can be done from your designs or they will do them custom for you.

Artist Canvas Prints: Large format print technology can now create such true color and pixel dense graphics that even fine art can be produced with the right equipment and an experienced printer.

One 11 Ink has a long list of loyal customers. McLogan Supply who specializes in screen printing supplies and wide format digital printers and equipment, salutes this growing Los Angeles County based, large format printing company for their great reputation and creative designs! See their website for more information about One 11 Ink or their services.

Signage, Vehicle Wraps to Fine Art – All with Roland’s New SOLJET Pro 4 Large Format Printer

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McLogan Supply is excited to announce that they have been selected as authorized distributor for the launch of the new Roland’s SOLJET Pro4 XR-640 large-format printer. This is a game changer for highest quality vehicle wraps, banners, posters and backlit displays, large format signs, photos and  fine art.

The Roland SOLJET Pro4-XR640 is the sure fire printer to meet all of your large and high resolution design needs. The expert team at McLogan specializes in equipment and supplies for digital printing, sign making and vehicle wrapping and offers factory trained know how for getting started with the Roland Pro4 as well as follow-up support.

With its two inline, mirrored printheads, integrated printing and contour-cutting technology, and new, environmentally-friendly Eco-SOL MAX 2 inks, the Pro 4 XR-640 large-format printer delivers both greater productivity and unsurpassed image quality printing up to 720 x 1440 dpi.

Whether the job required is a signage or a complex vehicle wrap, this machine does the job and does it well. With a 64-inch base, the Roland Pro 4 can handle jobs large and small with ease. Roland described this printer as “production perfected”.

The perfection delivered from this printer brings a sketch or photo to life with unsurpassed clarity rendering exquisite detail and stunning color. Up to eight colors can be printed in one design using the Roland SOLJET Pro4. Metallics are easily printed as well if you want to give your design some extra pop. It prints up to 528 square feet per hour making even the biggest jobs fast and easy.  A key feature of this large format printer is that it can print on coated or uncoated surfaces.

Another distinguishing feature of this large format printer are images can be rendered beyond realistic. Every detail of a face and every pixel in an image are seen clearly. Aiding in the clarity and precision of each image is the dual mirrored print heads. Not only are high-definition quality projects produced but also the machine is nickel free and produces virtually no odor.

A feature that is totally unique to the Roland SOLJET Pro4 XR-640 is the light black ink for seamless graduations. With light black, you achieve neutral gray for smooth gray scale gradations and precise photographic images. This renders beautiful variations in skin tones and makes colors more vivid. If that is not enough to catch your interest, the machine is easy to program as well.

For those starting out, this new era of printer may seem daunting to use at first. No worries…McLogan is always there when you need support. Their equipment experts can help you to with everything from setup to understanding a technical mishap that can be fixed over the phone with their guidance.

McLogan is a family owned business, founded in 1922, on the principle of putting customers first. Their winning combination is offering high quality products and personalize service to their customers…that’s why we have been around for 90 years.

For more information about the Roland SOLJET Pro4 printer or any of our other large format printers, give us a call at our Los Angeles location! Join us on Facebook!

8 Steps – The Do’s and Don’ts to Keeping Vinyl Vehicle Wrap Looking Like New

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If you have a great looking vinyl vehicle wrap, you probably want it to look like new as long as possible. To get the most out of your or your customers’ investment, follow these Do’s and Don’ts for cleaning applied your vinyl vehicle wrap.This practical and simple information can make it easy to keep that fresh, new look.

Important Do’s and Don’t’s for cleaning and caring for your applied vinyl vehicle wrap:

The Do’s

1. Hand wash applied vinyl graphics with a blend of mild detergent and clean water. Pressure washing (see diagram) is not recommended as it can cause vinyl wrap to lift around the edges and degrade the face film. Once that happens, the graphics lose luster, fade, crack and can come away from the substrate.
2. Test any cleaning solution on a small section of the vinyl graphic before using. Even with products designed for washing vehicles, it is still good practice to test on a small area. If possible, use products that are easy on the vehicle vinyl and the environment.
3. Always read the warning labels on car care products for proper safety instructions.
4. Wash the vehicle from the top down with a soapy water blend, rinse with clean water. This allows dirt and contaminants to run off the vinyl. A standard garden hose and nozzle, a clean, grit free bucket (to avoid scratching the vinyl), mild soap like Dove or Joy, soft microfiber sponges or cloths are all you need.
5. Let the vehicle air dry or dry off with a microfiber cloth. If time allows, let the vehicle air dry and touch up with soft cloth for spotting. If the vehicle wrap is dried by hand, be sure to use clean, microfiber towels and light pressure. Take care that not to lift edges or scratch vinyl.

The Don’ts

6. Do not allow fuels or other corrosive substances to stay in contact with the vinyl. Clean all spills as soon as possible. If normal cleaning procedures do not work to remove fuel or other difficult debris try spot cleaning with isopropyl alcohol or a citrus based cleaner with a microfiber towel.
7. Do not apply carnauba-based wax or any type of wax, polish, matte or carbon fiber over vinyl graphics. Doing so will result in deterioration of the vinyl film.
8. Do not use mechanical brush or pressure washing on vehicle vinyl. Brushes can cause vinyl graphics to chip or peel around the edges or scratch the surface.They can also cause the graphic to fade and dull the appearance of the over laminate. Pressure washing should only be used when if other cleaning methods have been exhausted.

For added protection, you can apply a silicone or Teflon based coating specifically designed for vinyl vehicle graphics as long as you follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for how frequently it can be applied.

For more information about vinyl vehicle wrap materials, call any of our four locations. To see what products McLogan has to offer, visit our online store.