Gold Beating: How Gold Leaf is Made

Dating back to the days of the pharaohs, 5000 years ago, men have hammered strips of gold into thin sheets of gold leaf in a manufacturing process known as gold beating. While the tools have changed through the centuries, the basic process remains the same. In the days of the ancient Egyptians, gold beaters used stones. […] Read more »

Where Social Media Fits in Your Marketing Plan

Selling was so much easier when I first hit the streets nearly forty-five years ago. At my first sales job, I didn’t even need to do any prospecting. Telemarketers unearthed all of the leads. In most cases, they even made the appointment for me. My task was to make the presentation and close the sale. Read more »

How to Troubleshoot and Prevent Paint Problems

What makes painting a challenge for sign makers, compared to vinyl application, are all of the variables. And with each variable the chance that what can go wrong increases. In fact, it seems that that guy Murphy has stacked the odds against us. Our only recourse is to identify the causes of our failures and learn how […] Read more »

Essential Solvents for Sign Painters

Here’s detailed information on solvents used in sign painting. Solvents described include Pure Gum Turpentine, Mineral Spirits, Lacquer Thinner, Toluene, VM&P Naphtha and Xylene. Hingst extensively covers solvent safety, the new safety data sheets and the HazCom2012 standards.  Read more »

Vinyl Application Tool Box

At a vehicle wrap workshop I spoke with a “old school” decal installer who scoffed at new tools that were being demonstrated.  “Why do you need to buy another gimmick for vinyl application?” According to him, all you need to apply vinyl graphics is a squeegee, rivet brush, knife, tape measure, propane torch and air […] Read more »

Guardian HS7500 75% Isopropyl Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer from Supply55, Inc.

HS7500 Hand Sanitizer

Supply55, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Guardian HS7500 Hand Sanitizer. Guardian HS7500 Hand Sanitizer utilizes 75% Isopropyl Alcohol as its active ingredient, it is a liquid formulation and can be sprayed, poured, or pumped for use as a hand sanitizer or surface cleaner. Packaged in one (1) gallon bottles for replenishing of […] Read more »

NEPATA Digital Summit 2020

Save the date so you can participate in the NEPATA Digital Summit Tuesday, March 31st through April 2nd, 2020. Read more »

The Screen Printing Frame

Regardless of whether you are using a sophisticated commercial press or one that you made yourself, it consists of three primary components: the work surface, the squeegee, and the frame. The work surface or bed of the press should be perfectly smooth and flat. Imperfections in the work surface show up as imperfections in the […] Read more »