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    Creating a vintage sign

    I wanted to create a vintage looking sign for my pole barn. I collect old Jeeps so I found some google images of what I was thinking and customized it to my liking. I have a CNC plasma cutting table as well as a vinyl cutter and thought some of you might like to see my process, maybe it'll spark some idea for someone. Now, I'm no artist by any means, but since I have a vinyl cutter, I thought I could create a stencil, then use spray paint for the color, and finally distress it to my liking. I think I'm going to make my sign about 30" high and about 25" wide and will probably make it out of 16 gauge steel, but before I cut out the shape of the sign, I wanted to make sure that my plan would work. I've had issues with using vinyl as stencils before and I've never distressed a sign either so I wanted to do a test run on a much smaller scale. I found a piece of scrap steel I had. This one is 1/8" thick and about 11" square. I cleaned it up with a wire wheel grinder then sprayed a coat of primer first, then flat white on top of that. I wasn't exactly sure of what I wanted the dealer info to say, so I drew up a few different designs in VM. I picked one, then I cut out the vinyl on my SC2 and weeded it. I used orange vinyl because "orange man bad" right? Next, I applied the transfer paper. This is only to help apply it and gets thrown away like all my hopes and dreams. I peeled off the transfer paper and used Rustoleum 2X satin spray paint for the red, blue and black. In this picture, the paints are all dry but you can see all those black specs in the white are where the vinyl peeled up some of the white exposing the steel below. I waited almost 24 hours to apply the vinyl over the white, but it's possible I didn't wait long enough. I also didn't wait long enough to start peeling off the vinyl on the blue paint at the bottom. According to my wife, I have a problem with finishing things too soon... Finally I used a green scotchbrite pad to remove some of the gloss and distress the paint.
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    Creating a vintage sign

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    Creating a vintage sign

    Thanks, I've never used that stuff either. I wonder how good it works on wood... This is Oracal 651 and it left a super crisp line on the metal. No bleeding at all. I did have second (and third...) thoughts about scuffing this sign once I finished peeling off all the vinyl. It looked super good, but I was going for an aged look so I did it.
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    Creating a vintage sign

    I think it turned out awesome and feel good about making another in full size. I'm even liking the peeled up dots all over the place, so I found a sheet of 16 gauge about that size. Then I tossed the sheet on my plasma table and cut out the shape I cleaned up both sides. It ended up being about 32" wide X 28" tall. Then did the same process that i did on the smaller one. Here's a pic of it after all the painting is done and the vinyl peeled off. I guess waiting a little dry more time helped since the white didn't come up this time. It looked so good, I had a hard time deciding if I should distress it or not. And here it is after all the distressing is done. I'm debating about putting a couple bullet holes in it, and possibly adding some rusted edges... not sure yet. When I decide where it's going, I'll figure out mounting holes. And some detail pics, I love the way it turned out, especially the black letters!
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    My daughter wants a T shirt

    I have an SC2 and have no HTV or heat press, but she wants me to make her a custom shirt. I've never even seen HTV. Can I get a small roll of vinyl and use an iron... successfully? I've heard using an iron for t shirts is a pain in the ass. Is it even worth trying?
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    Grad yard signs

    It's that time of the year again! I made a metric ton of these last year for the 2020 grads. Someone who bought one last year from me also has a graduate this year and wanted the exact same one (with a different hashtag and year) so I made them one. I posted it on Facebook this morning and by 10 pm I have 15 more orders! I expect many more orders once more people see them. Already placed an order with USCutter for more vinyl, blank signs and stakes. I hope I have enough transfer tape to last, they were out of the 24" Greenstar I usually use... These things sell themselves!
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    The 'blade holder' logo is no more

    Plus, wasn't it at a pretty severe angle for some weird reason?
  8. I'm still new to the vinyl cutting world. I have my SC2 up and running and it's working great, but I'm not sure the best way to make money with it. What kind of products sell the best for you all? ~6" decals for car windows, laptops, Hydroflasks or smaller items Larger car decals Home Interior wall decals Custom orders of business window fronts (hours or names on doors) Large windowfront signage for businesses Making Vinyl Stencils and painting on wooden things HTV and making t-shirts, caps etc... Vinyl on drinking glasses, or stencils for sandbalsting on glasses? A combination of some of these maybe? Are there other things I'm missing that are good moneymakers?
  9. FYI, on my SC2 I run my cutter set to 400 speed, and 57 pressure. I go down to like 100-200 on very small or detailed parts.
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    Where else to get blank signs?

    I ordered a bunch of blank, 18x24, short flute, signs from USCutter last week. They sent me long flutes which I can't use for my order. I called them right when they opened the next day, sent them pictures, and they said they'd send it to their claims department and that I should expect an email with instructions on what will happen next. It's been 3 days now and I hear the same thing from them every time I call. I've had great luck with USCutter in the past but I need these signs and am looking for somewhere else to buy from. Any suggestions?
  11. I've had an SC2 for about 3 years now and have had no problems with it. I don't cut a lot of small stuff with it but here's an anchor that has some pretty small detail and I had no problems with it. I haven't cut anything yet that was too small for my cutter. It sounds like it could be a blade depth issue like Mz Skeeter says.
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    Where else to get blank signs?

    USCutter finally stepped up and shipped them out with rush shipping.theyre not here yet, but should be tomorrow. I'll check out Grimco though, it's good to have options.
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    Where else to get blank signs?

    I just checked out their website and while they're site was very unimpressive, they're prices weren't. I asked for 50 each of the blank signs and stakes and they had to call me back on shipping... They called back and said shipping alone would be 85.00-90.00!?!?!?! USCutter charges 11.99? You buy regularly from these guys Dakota?
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    Got any tips for me?

    I have a whole bunch of yard signs to make. I think I've gotten a pretty good system down but I'm not a professional, and I know there are a bunch of you with some tips that could help me out, so I had a friend record my process and I'm posting the video here so you can critique it. Before you say anything, I'll answer a couple questions: 1. Yes, the camera is annoying, has a very noisy focus, and keeps going out of focus. It's all I had at the time. 2. Yes I'm using clear packing tape at 3:08. I get it for free and have tons of it. Free tape is cheaper than painters tape. 3. Don't say "Don't rip the transfer tape when unrolling it at 1:26". My bad there. 4. Since the vinyl is exactly the same width as the sign, I have to spend the time lining it up at 2:51, then I don't have to trim the ends. 5. I peel off the transfer tape in 2 pieces at 5:05, so it's easier. That's a big chunk of tape! Let me know if you have any tips for me please.
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    Got any tips for me?

    I made one and I really like the idea, but it's a little pain to use so I went back to my normal method. I may try it again, who knows...
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    Stop wasting apptape on Coro Signs!

    You don't still have pics of your DIY Speedpress do you? The pics in your post are all gone.
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    Got any tips for me?

    Never heard of this! Too bad the pics of his build are all gone. I did watch the video though and I like it! thanks!
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    Transfer Tape Suggestions?

    I've been using Greenstar layflat classic paper tape for most of my stuff, but have also used Transfer Rite 1310G Ultra clear when I really need to line things up. I need to order some more of the standard paper tape, but USCutter is out of the 24". Does anyone have any suggestions for cheap transfer tape or where to get it? Also wondering if I should go to a high tack tape. I've never used it, but often when I'm pulling the paper backing off the vinyl, I start lifting some of the small parts of vinyl off the transfer tape. Whci do you all use more, medium or high tack transfer tape? (BTW, I'm using mostly Oracal 651)
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    Transfer Tape Suggestions?

    Thanks, what are your thoughts on medium vs high tack?
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    Grad yard signs

    Nice sign! I charge 20.00, single color, single sided, 18X24 with stake. Would love to know what others charge for similar stuff.
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    651 for painted sheetrock walls?

    I think I've heard that Oracal 631 is best for painted sheetrock because it's easily removed later, but will 651 peel off fine also in the future? I have stuck some on a wall here as a test but am wondering if there will be any long term damage if I were to peel the 651 off in a few years. Deciding if I need to go buy a bunch of 631 just for painted walls...?
  22. I've been thinking about getting a heat press but not sure how worth it they are. What kind of price should I be expecting to be able to buy blank tee shirts for? It seems to me that there's not a lot of profit per shirt... Maybe I'm wrong?
  23. I have a 28" SC2. The widest I can cut is 23.6". I even wrote it on a piece of tape and stuck it to the machine so I won't forget it. I just account for that in all my designs and am ok with it.
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    Can i have my setup on carpet?

    My SC2 is on carpet, I've never done anything for static, and I've never had a problem.
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    USCutter SC not cutting

    If it's a small town, maybe call the original owner and have them come over and take a peek at it.