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    My largest work so far

    Thought I'd show off my biggest job to date. It went on both sides of a 21' racing sailboat. It was almost 20' long and almost 24" wide. Used black and red 751 and cut with my SC2. Turned out great and the customer was very happy! Before: After: I was (am) concerned with how long those very thin lines will stay as he told me he hits driftwood, dead fish, docks, buoys and other boats regularly, but he also said that if most of it is still there by the end of the season, he'll be happy. The last decal he had on there which was about half as long, started getting knocked off right away also.
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    Painting Coroplast & Applying Vinyl

    Because of circumstances, I have a nearly endless supply of old 4x8 voting signs made of coroplast. I also have 20 acres of hiking trails, off roading trails and a private gun range that I make signs for, so I use those old signs since they're just for me. I tried a bunch of different methods of painting the coroplast with not very much luck until I found that if I use Rustoleum's plastic primer first, then plastic paint over that, it seemed to last and not peel off. But in my case, I could still see some of the screen printed lettering on the voting sign and didn't really like that, so now I just cover the entire sign in whatever vinyl color I want for the background, then layer the vinyl letters over that. Here is a recycled trail sign covered in brown 651 then white for the lettering.
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    What vinyl for boats?

    I have a job coming up that will go on the side of a racing sailboat. It's a somewhat complex design with a lot of thin pieces on it. All black. Should I go with Oracal 751 or better?
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    US Cutter SC2 34" - Is it worth it?

    I have an SC2 (the 28" size) and have had it for about 10 months or so. Keep in mind that I've never used a vinyl cutter before and have no experience with any of the better quality models out there, (and yes, I completely agree that there are better quality models out there) But I was up and running in minutes with mine, and haven't had any problems with anything. I keep mine in my sunroom, on the carpet, and keep all the vinyl stored below it. Never done anything to treat static, and have never had any problems. Most of my work is about 12" square or less though, but I have had a few jobs that were 4-6' long. I have no desire to own a better unit, and my only complaint about this is that the stepper motors are noisy enough that I can't do any cutting late at night because my wife will hear it sleeping. I'm using the included VM software and love it, and have no plans to upgrade yet. From the complaints I hear online, the SC2 is the lowest model you would want to purchase. I'm so happy with my SC2 that If this were to get stolen and I got insurance money to replace it, I'd have a hard time deciding if I would upgrade to a better machine. (but I probably would...)
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    show your picture

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    show your picture

    I'll play... This is from last summer on a camping trip.
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    New cutter advice, Please

    Oops missed that. Good catch.
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    New cutter advice, Please

    I have no complaints about my SC2, but I have nothing to compare it to either.
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    What do you use?

    I use to use Corel, but now I think VM has a much easier to use vectorizing feature.
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    Hello from another beginner

    Id stay away from the bundles as well. Except for their sample kit of different vinyl colors, I do suggest that. I'm a big Amazon buyer but I have noticed that a lot of stuff I thought would be cheaper on Amazon, was actually cheaper buying from US Cutter.
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    Hello from the Northwoods of WI

    Welcome from another Cheddarhead!
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    Equipment Advice Please!

    Sounds like you've already made up your mind and are planning on getting the SC2, so Ill add to your decision. Keeping in mind that this is my first experience with a vinyl cutter so I don't really have any other experience.... But my SC2 has been super easy to setup, use, and has given me zero problems at all. My only complaint is a pretty weak one... The loudness of the stepper motors. I have my cutter in an area of the house where it seems to echo all over the place. It doesn't bother me, but it does the rest of the family. Not enough for me to wish I spent more money on servos though. They all complain when I'm making decals for other people, but they don't seem to complain about the noise when I'm making decals for their Hydroflasks or bedroom walls... I haven't used contour cutting and have no plans to yet, but should be able to struggle through manual setup when I need to, and as far as size goes... I have the 28" which I'm happy with. I don't do a lot of larger stuff, and actually most of my stuff could be cut on a 12" roll.
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    Customer instructions

    I'm trying to write installation instructions for my customers and would like to see how you all word yours (if you have them printed up) Anyone want to share their customer installation instructions?
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    Customer instructions

    I was hoping for more of a short description of instructions. Something like the PDF you showed. Thanks!
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    New to this!!!

    Id steer clear of the MH cutters. ive seen lots of posts about people with problems with them. I'd say the lowest you'd want to go is the SC cutters. i also think the VM Cut software (which comes with the cutters I think) should be perfectly fine to start with.
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    Help needed! Applying transfer tape to large vinyl

    I have 3 large vinyl sings cut from 631. They are about 70" X 23.5" I need to apply transfer tape and the tape I have is paper tape that measures about 24-1/16". Are there any videos or tips on getting it straight and not having it miss the vinyl? I guess maybe I should have gotten wider tape to be safe.
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    What to bring for wall install?

    So yesterday a customer finally nailed down exactly what they wanted and I cut it out. I got them all covered in transfer tape today and they want me to come install it tomorrow (if all goes well with their timeline). I'm wondering how I should prep the wall and what I should bring? This is my first real install on an indoor wall, and I don't want to forget something stupid that I should have brought. This is a painted Sheetrock wall install of 3 large decals about 70" X 36" using 631 and paper transfer tape. I've already tested the walls with 751 and it stuck very well. Here's what I'm thinking to bring, let me know if I should bring anything else: Vinyl Blue painters tape Ladder Level Tape measure Pencil Exacto knife Scissors squeegees Cleaning cloth How should I prep the walls? Common surface cleaner, or soapy water spray, then isopropyl alcohol?
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    Help needed! Applying transfer tape to large vinyl

    Can anyone else see this link? I can't for some reason.
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    Hey ~ I'm Alicia Zee!

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    Minnesota Mike here.....

    Welcome to the site. I'm into Jeeps also! See if any of your buddies remember a guy named Scratch that drives a gold Rubicon and has an area in Hudson called Flatfender Farms to wheel in. I used to have events a couple times a year. Good luck on your purchase!
  21. So I just got my first vinyl cutter, an SC2 and so far it works perfectly, but I'm wishing there was somewhere to easily store the extra blades. I know on the Cricut or Cameo or some of the small cutters I've seen a little opening in the bed to put extra blades in. I'm thinking about screwing a little storage box or something to the cross brace of the stand of my SC2 to store my extra blades, an exacto knife, scissors, pick, etc... anyone else do anything like this and have a pic to share with what you put in it? My desk with cutting mat isn't right by the cutter so I'd like to have an exacto knife at the very least, right with the cutter. Any input?
  22. I have a couple of questions and I'm hoping I can get some help from you more experienced people out here. I'm pretty new to vinyl cutting as I've only had mine for about 2 months. I have a local business that wants me to make them some vinyl decals for their walls. They are a dance studio that my daughters have been going to for the past 16 years. I want to take "friendship" out of the equation though. I want to see what you would charge a regular customer for this job, and I have a few other questions too... It's a very basic decal they want, and I've included an image of it. The HDS letters are 24" tall, and all three total about 46" long. The HELMER DANCE STUDIO letters are 8" tall, and about 73" long. They want the HDS to be glossy gold so I was thinking about using some Oracal 651 that I already have. The HELMER DANCE STUDIO they want to be matte black, so I was planning on using 631 for that. I tried a sample of 651 and it installed very easily, and also peeled off ok too. They need three of these complete identical signs, for three different dance rooms. My questions are: 1. Since the 651 still seemed to remove fairly easy for future painting, is there any advantage to using 631 over 651 on painted sheetrock walls other than matte vs gloss? 2. Is there a reason I wouldn't want to mix gloss and matte on a sign other than personal preference? 2. What would you charge to cut this, they will be installing it. (I'll probably help them for free since they are friends) 3. I need wider transfer tape so I'll have to buy some. I have the Transfer Rite Ultra Clear 1310G right now so I'd like to get some of the paper stuff, any suggestions? 4. I have the 28" SC2 so I shouldn't have any problems, but to save material, instead of cutting the words like this: HELMER DANCE STUDIO and using 73" of vinyl..... I could cut them like this: HELMER DANCE STUDIO Arranging them this way would only use a 24"X 24" square of vinyl. Then they could just either apply them separately, or I could use blue painters tape (?) to attach them together in a line. Would you do that to save material, or not? The HDS I will have to cut separately unless I shrink them down an inch or so which I don't want to do. Any input from the masters?
  23. Yes, I've already taken a pic of the walls and measured the ceiling height for a mock up picture. I learned that from making metal signs for the past 15 years or so with my CNC plasma cutter. Great tip to bring up by the way! One that some people may not have thought of.
  24. Yeah, it was my fault that they decided on 24" tall letters. I could have easily said 23" was the max and they wouldn't have cared. They just wanted really big letters. I'll know better next time. Still not sure if I'm going to just make them smaller, or end up turning them 90 degrees and cutting them separate. Either way... I'm going to get some wider transfer paper. I want to try the paper stuff anyways.
  25. Ahhh. That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.