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Posted on Thu, 23 Sep 2004 at 23:22



Can anyone tell me what process is used to make vehicle manufacturer decals, for example Chevy's Z 71 or Ford's FX 4 or any other like it. I have been chasing my tail with this project. I am trying to land this huge job and I went today with digitally printed graphics. They looked great from a distance, but up close you can see the lines where it was digitally printed. Plus the graphics were thicker than they liked.I think the thickness is mostly a result of the lamination. I stopped by a dealership on the way home and checked out some of the trucks on their lot. Their graphics are thin, solid color(no stripes from printing) and were VERY glossy. That is what I need to make my potential customer happy. But HOW is that done. Is it thermal transfer with no laminate? Is it thermal transfer with a super thin laminate or frog juice? Is it digitally printed with a machine that won't appear to be digitally printed? Or is it screenprinted with or without a laminate?

Oh by the way, If it should be screenprinted(which I am now thinking it is), It is only Black ink with solid lines and a bunch of shadowing. So that should make the screen process relatively easy.

Another catch, the graphics are about 3.5 inches by 208 inches.And they could be broken in areas if necessary at the fender/door/bed if needed to get it on one screen.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Quotes are wanted too!!!!

jimtrainor@bellsouth.net or 678-300-9467, If you call from out of area,I will call you right back so I will incur the long distance charge.

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Anonymous says: They are screenprinted thermal die cut decals made from 2 mil vinyl. You will need to find someone who has the presses to accomodate the size. posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 1:17pm
Anonymous says: Thank you for the info Blane. I have a meeting in the morning with a screenprinter. I am so thankful that they are local to me. (Atlanta) They have machines up to 120 inches. We will have to break ...

Thank you for the info Blane. I have a meeting in the morning with a screenprinter. I am so thankful that they are local to me. (Atlanta) They have machines up to 120 inches. We will have to break up the side graphic (at the body lines of course) but that is ok.

What is "thermal" die cutting anyway?

Jim

posted on: Mon, 09/27/2004 - 2:28pm
Anonymous says: I wouldn't think of discouraging anyone from attempting to produce something new. Digital graphics backgrounds are becoming increasingly advantageous for screen printers to get into in order to accomodate ...

I wouldn't think of discouraging anyone from attempting to produce something new. Digital graphics backgrounds are becoming increasingly advantageous for screen printers to get into in order to accomodate everything their customers may need nowadays. On the other hand moving from the relatively "new" area of digital printing into screen printing, which is magnitudes more detailed in what you have to know and be able to do to be competitive, can be a tremendous undertaking.

Teaming up with a screen printer already experienced in producing these type of decals that are printed with special long life UV curable inks on expensive and highly specialized outdoor durable decal vinyls is a good idea. The O.E.M. market for automobile decals is extremely competitive, getting your foot in the door with potential customers can sometimes be the hardest hurdle in getting this work. It sounds as if you've managed to snare one, good luck.

Rocky

posted on: Wed, 09/29/2004 - 2:15pm
Anonymous says: We specialize in printing the Chevy Z-71, Ford FX4, and many other award winning pressure sensitive decals for the automotive industry. They are screen printed on special materials with custom color matched ...

We specialize in printing the Chevy Z-71, Ford FX4, and many other award winning pressure sensitive decals for the automotive industry.
They are screen printed on special materials with custom color matched special inks and coatings. May times they are also coated with a special clear coat ( invented by our own research and developement department chemist ) to resist weathering as well as carry a 5 year warranty as required by the manufacturer.

There are SO many variables in printing these decals!

Unless you are wanting to manufacture "after-market" decals of your own design, I'd suggest you look in another direction.

You can visit our web site at: www.kayautomotive.com

posted on: Sun, 01/02/2005 - 4:15am

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