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  1. 6 points
    I charge based on a learned estimate of what I think it will take. In other words I estimate based on an hourly rate and give the client a hard price. He doesn't usually know what I want to make per hour just the final price and if it goes good I make more per hour. Most basic installs I figure a couple hours. Those job boxes will be time consuming possibly. Also be careful what you get yourself into because all the John Deere stuff is copyright protected without a release from an authorized dealer. If they ARE an authorized dealer make sure you get something in writing saying they are authorized to commission your work on the cut vinyl so you don't some day get your rear in a ringer.
  2. 6 points
    that is why it is in the off topic section - we did a Rome to San juan cruise this year and in essence was the guinea pigs as I couldn't find anyone to give advice first - We loved it and I thought I would share for 2018 the same cruise is going over $100 cheaper pp than our trip so right now $534pp from Rome to spain, portugal, azores and across the atlantic to san juan. by far the cheapest way I found to see other areas we hadn't been to before. I thought I found a great deal on air but for 2018 we are going on a different cruise and found WOW air (think european sprit as in low service low price) - WOW goes from the US to Europe for $300pp - there is a LONG layover in iceland but I added a cheap hotel and should make the trip much easier and still save over $1000 compared to the cheapest I found elsewhere) Why share this - we all work hard on here and I know several have no idea they can do a trip to europe so cheap - as I had no idea until this last year. The deal on the same cruise for 2018 was such a deal I had a hard time deciding on a different one and paying a bit more, but in the end decided to see new sites. These cruises are as cheap as 7 day cruised we have taken to the carribean and you get 12 days of all the food you can eat and lots of things you normally would not see on a menu - Yeah I am a little stoked at finding these deals
  3. 5 points
    Hello there fellow forum-ites! I have enjoyed being a member of this forum now for several years. Most of you have known me as the lead designer and production artist for a sign company. However that has just changed! My wife and I are proud to announce that we have a started our own company, Spunky Graphics, LLC. We still do vinyl work, including vehicle wrap design & installation, however as we are starting out small we are focusing our product offerings to paper products (business cards, labels, brochures, etc...) promotional products thru a local distributor rather than a national conglomerate like Kaeser & Blair, Graphic Design, Screen printing & Embroidery thru a partner as well as Web Design, SEO, and Social Media Training, & Online Profile Optimization coming soon! Our expanded vision for our company is to be a business concierge. We want to help new and existing business navigate the advertising world. We see so many business throwing away money at useless advertising and promotion that only benefit the sales person. And then of course on the flip side, businesses that don't advertise at all and need to learn how to promote badly. We want to show businesses how to track their advertising so they know whether or not its working and how to adjust. I have really enjoyed being a part of this forum and I hope to be more active in the coming future. The knowledge base and experience of many members here is second to none. So I really look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience and of course I hope to continue to do business with all of you!
  4. 5 points
    My 5 year old daughter has "sport jersey day" next week at school. Didn't want her looking like everyone else, so I thought it would be good to make this for her. I know, she will wear it once and into the rag bin it goes. You need to watch the simpsons to know the team.
  5. 5 points
    I don't think goo gone works well on paper.
  6. 5 points
    to forum member @pshawny! I needed an assist with a graphic yesterday and Shawn stepped up and helped get me moving in the right direction - big time. Shawn, I owe you one buddy! Cal
  7. 4 points
    I think you just make do on wine glasses, there's no easy way to do stuff on curves. And once they drink enough of the wine the image will look just fine.
  8. 4 points
    How complex is the logo, it maybe easier and faster to recreate it, or manually trace it. Manually tracing is a good skill to have regardless. If the image isn't protected and you don't mine posting it, post it up and we can offer suggestions on how to get a good vector version to use for cutting.
  9. 4 points
    Turn down the music or you will not know when it is done cutting.
  10. 4 points
    So , on another forum im part of , the question came up " what psi are each of the numbers on the dial"? Nobody could figure out what the conversion was till i contacted a Tech at Stahls. So for every dial number 1-9 on hotronix press is 10 psi. 1 = 10 psi 2= 20 psi 3=30 and so on.... The reason this came up was someone had bought some material and the specs for pressing was in psi. And on hotronix they use #s 1-9. Hope this helps anyone that ever got curious or didnt know.
  11. 4 points
    Been keeping an eye out for a hat press on CL , fri night was talking with @Primal Decals about it and looked on there . a guy less than 5 miles from me posted 1 he made 2 hats with. $80 and its at the shop. hopefully it wont take long for it to pay for the new 1 I have been eye balling.
  12. 4 points
    Tip for the newbies - a grommet press (usually used for banners) works great for adding a smooth hole for a straw in a mason jar lid. something that many of us did a few years back. Then add vinyl or sand blast for personalized product. I thought of this when I saw the big mouth grommet press was on sale this morning
  13. 4 points
    Vector software is not push button easy. It isn't like bitmap's which people know and love. It takes some great deal of investment of time to acquire proficiency. Don't be surprised that it takes some perseverance. Auto-tracing often, (as in very often,) fails in giving something useful for a vinyl cutter. The sure way to over come this is to manually trace, (re-construct by hand.) This is often the only solution. But specific to your problems, it would be much easier to ofter advice if you gave samples. Can you post links to you AI files on dropbox or someplace?
  14. 4 points
    seems like all the old timers lean on each other and help out from time to time - it's a great group
  15. 4 points
    Oh, really? Tell that to the High School Dance team that buy's two color glitter decals for their cars, 40 units @ $15.00 each, you do the math...LOL
  16. 3 points
    I certainly thought about doing so, but I'm a really nice guy, and just let it be. Getting back to the O-P question: On my Job Sheets/Contracts, I have written that up to 2 Revisions of the artwork (i.e. - First version is v1 and I will allow up to v3) are included in the pricing quote, and each additional Version going forward will cost $40 per.
  17. 3 points
    On the graphics rant I am in the middle. If I have someone who I do regular business with I do all sorts of free mock ups ahead of the order. I'm pretty fast so the time spent is less than maybe the average but still a consideration. I provide that to people as a perk but the regulars I KNOW it's going to result in a sale. The new clients I generally send them something "similar" to what they want, even sometimes have them send me something "similar" to what they want from a google search and I give them a quote based on the IDEA of what they want and then move forward after positive affirmation that it's going to end up in a sale. If it's just prices ahead of a not for sure thing I don't waste my time designing anything. I have never had anyone get uptight (that I know of) from me telling them I don't want to sink an hour or two into something that is just a quote.
  18. 3 points
    I agree with Dakota. Plastisol transfers from F&M on the front would cost you about a buck each with zero build time other than pressing. Should be at least $10 per ea on those assuming they are supplying the shirts. If you are just doing the backs not (assuming you even continue in the relationship) I would charge them at least $6 or $8 per shirt for single color. What size of numbers are they wanting on back? Hopefully 6 inch so they will fit nice on a roll of HTV. Look at it this way. What's going to happen if one of the shirts gets messed up? They nought the shirt and the graphic on front. you KNOW they are going to freak and make you rebuild the whole thing. I try not to press on customer supplied shirts without at least either a written indemnification or an added expense to cover my behind if I get one crooked or upside down. It happens.
  19. 3 points
    This is for instructional purposes only! Using the template I got from that website, I used corel draw and the envelope tool to create the shape of the logo. As you can see, it is a messed up looking thing. I cut the vinyl and masked for the sandblaster. As you can see, the logo "looks" to be square on the glass. Kind of wonder what it would have looked like without the distortion. Guessing not good. Can't sell them, but wanted to use something simple for the experiment.
  20. 3 points
    There is no magic button, even in VM Pro. Garage in = garage out. It's up to you to clean up the trace to your satisfaction. Pretty much everything experienced person here will tell you that you'll have to clean up any trace alittle bit. Since your logo picture isn't very clean it'll require alittle more work. There are people and companies that'll do it for you for a reasonable price. Probably around $20-40. It depends on the logo. I've done it a few times and I've always passed the cost onto the my customer for not having a logo in vector format. Most of the time I'll give them the vector file also and explain to them how and when they'll need to use it.
  21. 3 points
    vinylmaster pro has node edit tools so you can manually clean up images
  22. 3 points
    your cutter is the heart of the operation so it is the last place to skimp on when starting out - I also recommend the vinylmaster option unless you use a mac
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    with the 9.99 per order shipping it is pretty hard to beat the price uscutter offers -
  25. 3 points
    I concur with the previous posts. In a nut shell once you get set up and cutting you can record your own numbers for various vinyl. Most likely there will be a light setting for cast vinyl like 751 and 951 and a higher pressure setting for Calendared products that tend to be thicker and stiffer. and those will do 90% of everything you cut. I recommend NOT trying to cut too fast. Don't won a Titan but if your speed setting goes from 50 to 800 then cut around 200 to start out. (1/3 to 1/4 of your max speed) Be careful when fine tuning your pressure that #1 you have set your place depth properly first as mentioned at least twice above. #2 that you start lower then you need to and work into it the first time so you don't cut clear through your backing and into your cutting strip which can break a tip. Expect to fine tune this pressure setting with material changes and room temperature and humidity changes. Vinyl is a finicky thing sometimes and one roll to the next can change even in the same product.
  26. 3 points
    No problemo Cal. Glad to help out.
  27. 3 points
    No mention of which machine your using, and you have never asked for any help here. So what is your problem with which machine and software? And what is the size of letters your trying to cut.?
  28. 3 points
    I resolve not to drink any more beer. No less but no more!! Happy new year to all.
  29. 3 points
    I had an order for two "America" themed rod builds this week. I started with building the grips out of 8# expanding foam, shaped on the lathe and then covered them with e-glass. After the grips was built, I dipped them in a "Thin Blue Line" flag pattern. Once glued to the blanks, I did all the thread work and used Oracal 651 to put stars and names on the rods. The 1st rod is a split grip inshore flounder rod. The second rod is a full grip sheepshead build.
  30. 3 points
    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year...
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
  33. 3 points
    ok, searched youtube and came up with just selecting everything in SCAL and selecting the "wrapper" function under the "effects" tab. enter your diameter at the top of where your text will be, then the dia at the bottom, then the height of the taper....then all kinds of mystical stuff happens and it makes it curved at the right taper.
  34. 3 points
    I just noticed that WOW is offering R/T flight to Jerusalem for $355. (+tax) and for those who have always wanted to visit the Holy Land, that's an incredible value!!
  35. 3 points
    you will need to open in flexi and export each one individually - flexi is very proprietary and doesn't allow other companies to license the use of their file saved in their system. welcome aboard
  36. 3 points
    Hello! I'm Jami. I'm a graphic artist in a custom auto and off-road shop in Southwest Montana. I have about 11+ years in design experience with Adobe, vinyl graphic creation and installation, vector drawing, apparel design and screen printing. I joined this community to use as a resource for my vinyl work. I currently use an R Series II 24" plotter, and if you've ever used one, you'll surely understand why I'm looking for something better. I hope to possibly contribute some knowledge myself, as I have learned much of what I know through trial and error.
  37. 3 points
    It sounds like a great deal and it is a servo, which is a plus. although I have never heard of it.. Do you have that kind of room to set up a cutter that large? It's pretty big. It's worth the asking price. I saw the ad.. Just make sure if you go see it that they cut a detailed design for you so you can see how it cuts. You would have to look at your LXI software and see if it is on it for a cutter set up. You can check that yourself. As far as just everyday cutting,the size 55" wide,is overkill. I have a 30" cutter and have never needed anything wider. Trying to handle vinyl that wide is pretty hard... Those size rolls need 2 people to lift at 50 yd lengths. Plus trying to tape vinyl that wide,, It would take a huge table. They don't state how old that vinyl and tape is..it may not even be good..
  38. 3 points
    With Family I figure there is always a chance I'm going to be doing it for free. Ha ha! I have a select group of clients and if I know them and have history I float it and get it all upon delivery. I would not recommend this to be the best approach but I live in Idaho and things are a lot more old school out here. As in we still often do business on a handshake.... and we shoot people, so there's that.
  39. 3 points
    I always use a final wipe of rubbing alcohol. It is also possible someone has coated the glass with rainX which can really screw you. On top of that if it were me I would use 751 on glass work. You would not believe how much glass will expand and contract with heat changes and the cast vinyl will hold up longer.
  40. 2 points
    3barefoot - there is a learning curve on computers and software. This is part of the learning curve on customer service and working with people. I suspect that we have all been there & done that. My advise would be to listen to your gut and cut this one loose. Yes, she will likely poor mouth you and cost you a couple jobs. Likely this would be the outcome if you did the job. Just my $.02 YMMV
  41. 2 points
    Because, let’s face it... decals are mostly an impulse buy... sometimes you have to put that bait in front of the fish
  42. 2 points
    speaking of the router, i had a guy in that does that in Gatlinburg. now hes started with a lazer doing acrylics and such. so yep, that thought is in the back of my mind. on the other, i try to learn from others mistakes. that's y i ask so many questions 1st now. like i ve posted in a couple post when new peeps are asking which cutter. I really believe if i had been on here 1st I would've started with a servo cutter. so i really appreciate all u guys on here help.
  43. 2 points
    I will use this post to show some work that I do. Any and all feedback is welcome. I have ALOT of learning still. I'll start with some tow trucks I've done. I have one that I am awaiting pics from the customer installing and I have another awaiting warmer weather to be installed.. *placement on red wrecker done by customer...as I would have done it way different..
  44. 2 points
    You'll think your in heaven!!
  45. 2 points
    90 percent siser used here - some thermoflex but siser is preferred in my shop
  46. 2 points
    Happy, Healthy, and Safe!!!
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    My resolutions are to sell more, and sail more.
  49. 2 points
    I got a new truck at work and I have resolved to keep it cleaner than previous trucks. Even to the point of signing up for the all you want carwash monthly pass. I'm not a clean freak and sometimes it shows.
  50. 2 points
    I don't even know that I'm going to do this week. There's no way I can plan a vacation that for in advance.