Cut Vinyl Lettering is individually cut characters and numbers that can be applied to windows, vehicles or other non porous surfaces. It can be used for business or home applications like store hours, sales, event promotions and decor or for fleet cars and trucks, room numbering and more.
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When you receive your order, it will come with layers for each color (designs with three or more colors). The layer in the upper left or right corner has registration marks that help align and install.
Pre-masking is one of the most important vinyl cutting techniques. It minimizes waste and speeds application, while ensuring correctly placed decals.
Specifically, the paint mask stencil prevents paint from reaching the areas you don’t want painted, resulting in a clean and polished look. It also helps prevent air bubbles from developing in the paint, allowing it to settle smoothly onto the surface.
Transfer tape (sometimes called “application tape”) is a pressure-sensitive adhesive that transfers cut graphics and vinyl graphics from their release liner to the substrate during application. It’s essential for digital print and vinyl graphics applications.
This high-tack, paper-based tape has medium tack that’s ideal for most plotter cuts and thermal die cut graphics. It is translucent saturated with a rubber resin based pressure-sensitive adhesive and has excellent resistance to abrasion and moisture. This tape has superior layflat performance which is great for reducing wrinkles on the vinyl graphic and helps protect it during storage, transportation and handling.
Transfer tape is like a bridge between your cut and weeded vinyl graphics and their final destination on a banner, window, car, coroplast sign blank, or some other surface you want to decorate. It’s easy to use, and it can make even a novice crafter look expertly professional.
The simplest way to use it is to take the sticky section of the application tape (which looks like regular paper, but without any type of backing) and apply it to the edge of your vinyl design that’s been positioned where you want it on the project surface.
Some people snip the tape to increase flexibility, especially when a decal has to be placed on a curved surface. It’s usually a good idea to cut the tape slightly larger than the vinyl. You’ll then rub it, or burnish it, over the vinyl graphic to activate its adhesive. It’s important that you remove any air bubbles from the tape before you apply it.
Vinyl is a flexible, durable and versatile material that is used for many different applications. It is often used by upholsterers to replace leather on chair seats for cost and practicality, and it can be used to create unique messaging on walls as home decor. It is also commonly used on company cars and shop fronts to display registration numbers, contact information and website addresses.
Using our easy-to-use design tool, you can create your custom cut vinyl lettering online and have it shipped within one business day. The individually-cut letters are pre-spaced and coated with transfer tape so they can be applied all at once. There is no background or transparent region between the letters because they are contour cut, not printed.
If you have chosen a complex two or three color design, for production and installation quality purposes your letters will need to be installed layer by layer. You will receive a set of detailed instructions with your order for this reason.
The squeegee is one of the most important parts of screen printing. It floods the screen with ink, pushes or pulls it, and helps transfer the design from the stencil to the garment. It’s also what keeps your screen printing machine running smoothly.
Use a vinyl squeegee to remove air bubbles and flatten uneven surfaces when applying decals or stickers to windows, walls, and floors. You can also use it to smooth down a masked design before printing to ensure a clean application.
Ryonet offers wooden and aluminum squeegees. Wooden squeegees warp in wet conditions, so it’s best to buy aluminum ones instead. They also have a better durometer, meaning they will resist swelling caused by aggressive inks and solvents and maintain a sharp edge during a long print run. They are available in a variety of durometers, including 60 and 70.