Epoxy Resin Application

In the sign industry one of the most widely used epoxy resins is the West System Epoxy. Because of its versatility and durability,  old school sign makers frequently select this product for projects.

The West System is comprised of three components: the 105 epoxy resin, a hardener and a filler. Depending on which hardener and filler you select, you can use it to as an adhesive, or as a clear coat or for laminating fiberglass or to repair damage to a surface.

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Optimal Application Temperature for Vinyl Graphics

To avoid problems with vinyl or any other pressure-sensitive material, carefully read the vinyl manufacturer’s technical data sheet. Product bulletins will usually contain all of the information you need, including application temperature range. The application temperature range for most vinyl films is usually between 50⁰ and 90⁰F (10⁰ to 32⁰ C). For some films, the minimum application temperature […] Read more »

How to Make Vinyl Film Removals Easier and Faster

The process of removing vinyl films generally requires the use of  both heat and chemicals. Some removers contain hazardous chemicals, such as toluene, that can cause health problems. Before using any chemical remover, read the manufacturer’s MSDS sheet and instruction bulletin. Always wear the recommended safety equipment. Read more »

Which Typeface Should You Use?

Readability and Legibility When I worked in advertising, 40 years ago, I was taught that a serif type, such as Times Roman, was more readable than a sans serif type because the first words that we read in elementary school primers are in that family of typeface. The morning newspaper is also set in a […] Read more »

Why Install Graphics in a Relaxed State

Years ago professional decal installers were taught to install vinyl graphics in a relaxed state without stretching the film. While vinyl films today are much more robust and can withstand the stresses encountered when wrapping a vehicle, you are much less likely to experience film failure, if you adhere to some of the old rules. […] Read more »

How to Prevent Edge Peeling

Edge peeling usually makes every sign maker’s list of top vinyl problems. Failure to properly clean the substrate and failure to resqueegee the graphic after removing the application tape causes many edge lifting problems. While graphics installers often get blamed if a problem occurs, application mistakes aren’t the only reasons. Read more »

Guardian Laminator Price Reduction

Effective September 1, 2016 and running through December 28, 2016, Supply55, Inc. is pleased to announce promotinal pricing on Guardian 65” Cold and Heat Assist laminators. Part Number Description MSRP Promotional MSRP 55-LM1650CL01 Guardian 65” Cold Laminator $5,495.00 $4,995.00 55-LM1650HA01 Guardian 65” Heat Assist Laminator $6,495.00 $5,995.00 Guardian Laminators are an affordable, easy to use solution […] Read more »