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    Vinyl work on a parade float

    My daughter is on our towns royal court this year, and does parades during the warmer months. Another towns festival is during October and they have a huge Halloween parade. The visiting royalty and their families usually transform their normal float into some fun theme just for that parade. Our court decided to go with the Toy Story theme. I had a bunch of 4x8 choroplast sheets that the city gave me after an election one time so I donated them to the float. We painted them and used them to make the sides of this wagon, Al's Toy Barn, the toybox, some ABC blocks, monkeys, and some other various signs. I used my vinyl cutter to make the Toy Story signs, the Radio Flyer logo, the Al's Toy Barn sign, ABC blocks and the Play-Dough buckets. It turned out awesome! Too bad it was all for one parade. Here are some pics!
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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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    Hello from tx

    I also have the SC2 and am using VM with no complaints. I may have to download SBE just for those graphics though. Now that you have the license key, you should be up and running in no time. I had zero problems getting up and running with my SC2. although I thought they offered a starter package with Mac software....? I could be wrong.
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    Hello from tx

    Welcome to the forum! What cutter did you get?
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    Tow trucks

    Nice job, I'm assuming you layered the first one, not printed?
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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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    My daughter wants a T shirt

    Ooooooh, thanks for the reminder! I had heard about mirroring it, but forgot about it again!
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    BBQ Trophy

    I got a vinyl cutter so I could add fine details to my plasma cut metalwork. I've had the vinyl cutter for about a year now and still haven't combined the use of metalwork and vinyl...But a friend of mine is holding a Rib Fest and invited me to come, so I told him I'd make some sort of award like a plaque or something. I originally thought I'd simply cut out a piece of metal in the shape of a rack of ribs and decorate it with vinyl lettering so the winner could hang a plaque on their wall. Then this 30" tall thing happened... Can't wait to eat!
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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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    Made for myself

    Congratulations, and the signs do look great! What's the size of the black section? Did you make them yourself or buy them built and painted?
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    Will Oracal 631 vinyl stick to wall painted with flat paint?

    I always bring a few small samples and try them on the walls. If they don't stick well for me, I won't even give them an option, I would just say something like "You have paint that is not good for vinyl" and walk away from the job. Life is too short to deal with difficult jobs, trying to find work-arounds for it, and ending up with a nightmare. That being said... I haven't encountered paint that my vinyl won't stick to. ...yet...
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    Pallet board stencilling

    I've done stenciling on wood signs before and they've turned out great. Here's my process: I paint the board, and once it's dry I apply the vinyl stencil. Then I paint the board again with the background color. Then once that's dry I paint the topcoat color. Once dry I peel off the vinyl and I have nice sharp, crisp lines with no bleed through underneath the edges of the vinyl. But with pallet boards I don't know how to do the seams of the pallet boards. I feel like if I use spray paint it will work good since the top coat will go straight on and won't get under the vinyl too much, but I think I remember having problems with the spray paint causing the vinyl to shrink. What's the best way to do this, I have attached some pictures of the places that I expect to have problems.
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    Pallet board stencilling

    Thanks for the compliments. From the videos I've watched, a lot of them made a point to mention that the key to vinyl stencils was very little paint. I wonder if an airbrush would work? I think I remember that they put out a very light dry coat as it was going on. I think I still have one somewhere, maybe I'll dig it out and try it. Of course as long as I don't use boards with beveled edges, I should be ok.
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    Pallet board stencilling

    Well, nobody seem to know a good answer for this and since I need to have it done by tomorrow morning, I decided just to try figuring it out myself. I did watch some YouTube videos but nobody covered the pallet seam issue. I think the main problem is that this pallet board has the edges of the boards beveled. If you flip it over the edges are not beveled and I wouldn't be having this problem. But it's too late now I pushed the vinyl down as best I could on the beveled seams, then did my basecoat, then topcoat. After it dried I peeled off the vinyl and there was some ugliness in the seams, so I got a toothpick and some gray basecoat paint and touched them up. It doesn't look perfect but it's pretty good still. I'll know not to use pallet boards with beveled seams anymore. Here's a finished pic;
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    Who did this one

    Nice! What's it say under THATS ENOUGH?
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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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    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.