The Flaming Eyeball

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    Best place to buy reflective vinyl and....

    I'm just a small hobby guy who sells a bit now and then. Looking at USCutters, the smallest roll of reflective is $125, for what will fit my cutter, 24 SC2. Anywhere to buy supplies smaller than 10 yards? What settings would I use to cut said vinyl when I actually get some?
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    Best place to buy reflective vinyl and....

    Further research. I see on the US Cutter "Vinyl Cutter Buying Guide" that the SC2 is not recommended for cutting reflective material anyway. Is "not recommended" and "not able" to the same thing in this case? Can the SC2 handle reflective?
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    How do YOU charge for vinyl Graphics

    Hey all, back again. What about pricing for reflective? Looking at using ORALITE 5500 Engineer Grade Reflective Film, unless there is something cheaper.
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    Best place to buy reflective vinyl and....

    removed due to bad math....lol
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    Which is the better choice on software?

    Not really. I went there and only have the few fonts from Cut.
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    Which is the better choice on software?

    I upgraded my VM from Cut to LTR....problem is now I can't find all the 5200 fonts it says it comes with. Any ideas? I did download and install the 'extra' pack as well, but still no joy. I know I don't necessarily want to install all 5200 fonts on my computer for speed issues, but where do I find the others now that I paid for them?
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    Layering and shipping large vinyl graphics

    I'm looking at making some layered graphics with several colors. One color would be the big base for all others. None of them will overlap except to the base, so only 2 layers even with the multiple colors, see attached to make sense of what I'm talking about. These will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 36 inches long by about 13.5 or so. Question concerns shipping. I have to roll them up to send them. Do I roll vinyl in or out for best results? I'm thinking outside as that is how the vinyl comes in the first place. My concern is for the vinyl separating during shipping if left in a warm mail van too long....using Oracal 651, and now using paper transfer tape. ;-)
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    Need Help with Oracal 651 and RTape

    Thanks Skeeter. I figured you'd have an answer. So much for following the manufacturer's guidelines. I'll make the suggested changes and see what happens. I do think I may have the blade depth too deep, as you say I can clearly see where the decal was cut after it has been removed from the paper. [Sometime later] OK, checked blade out of cutter. That thing is BARELY out of the end of the holder. But I could still see the cut on the backing paper. So I adjusted it some more. I didn't think it would cut. Sure enough it cut the vinyl and barely made a mark on the backing paper. Still have to test out a machine cut, but wow. I suspect I will have to make more adjustments now with offset and such. I do try and cut at lower speeds to keep things clean (and I don't really have a lot of volume to demand speed). Now to order some of that new transfer paper....
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    Need Help with Oracal 651 and RTape

    So what IS the best transfer tape for 651? I used the MT80P and it just doesn't seem to lift detailed vinyl off the backing paper. My customer destroyed his vinyl trying to apply using this transfer tape. The HT55 I have does not seem tacking enough either. I'm producing a logo cut out (customer provided) that is fairly detailed and is kind of a pain to weed I might add. Maybe it's too detailed for vinyl cut out application? I tried to get him to change the font, but that was a no go. Some of the tiny little pieces just don't want to lift off the backing paper. Should I even continue trying this?
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    Layering vinyl questions

    As it turns out he loved them anyway. But it bothered me. What transfer tape is best? I'm using the MT80P clear type. I have some Oratape HT55, but it is not nearly as sticky, and it makes it difficult for the vinyl to come off the backing.
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    Vinyl Spooler

    So I had my stuff saved on an external drive, which unfortunately died. Since my business is more on the hobby side I wasn't TOO worried about it until someone asked me for repeats....I'm glad I thought of the spooler, because it saved me a TON of work. Now if I could just get the files BACK.....oh well.
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    Layering vinyl questions

    So it would appear I have the same issue as a lot of others. I was about to deep discount some 'stickers' of layered vinyl. I tried my best to get all the bubbles out from the top layer with no avail. These will be going on a vehicle, which will spend some time outside. Will the heat of the sun get rid of these tiny little annoying things? These are not a local to me install, mailed and customer installed. Both are Oracal 651.
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    HTV Bubbling and Wrinkling on 50/50 blend

    I had the same thing happen with Siser Stretch. I used a heat press (the cheap one from USCutter, but a heat press none the less) measured temp with infrared heat gun. Design was 2 X 3 inches. Was it maybe too detailed? I repressed with hand iron and seemed to re-adhere. Shirts were Gildan 50/50. I've made the same or similar design using Siser Easyweed with no lifting issues. Is it something with Stretch?
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    Will Oracal 631 vinyl stick to wall painted with flat paint?

    So now who sells it? USCutters apparently does not.
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    Will Oracal 631 vinyl stick to wall painted with flat paint?

    Sorry to drag an old thread out of mothballs, but I just did this yesterday with 631 on a flat paint wall. Took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to get the HT55 tape off and get the vinyl to somewhat stick to the wall. I didn't realize the walls were flat paint before I did the job. It was for a friend so I helped install. What a major PAIN. Of course I don't want to sell them anything except flat vinyl for interior walls, but they didn't want balk or white that comes in 651 flat. Looks funny to have gloss letters on a flat or eggshell painted wall. Update: paint is Benjamin Moore regal Select, flat. Are there any updated recommendations for 2019?
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    How do YOU charge for vinyl Graphics

    Thanks, just watched the video on that.
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    How do YOU charge for vinyl Graphics

    Will 651 not stick? Or just not hold up or last as long?
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    How do YOU charge for vinyl Graphics

    So using that formula, 50+24 (1200 square inches)/2=$37. When I priced it by the square inch it came to almost $70 based on cost of raw materials. Interestingly my wife said even that seems low for business decals that will be prominently displayed on the side of 5 trucks. (50 inches X 24 inches=1200 sq inches X .10= $120) which to me would be way too much. See I've now figured this so many different ways, I can't even tell what's right... I've always had trouble pricing my stuff. 20 years ago when I was in the airbrush t-shirt business, I was always the cheapest guy in town, and yes, I had to fight that forever, because people knew what I charged previously....
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    How do YOU charge for vinyl Graphics

    I know this is an old thread, But I'm just getting into the game. I have an SC2, and am using ORACAL 651. Trying to figure out pricing and looking at calculators I'm getting pricing all over the place. Some of this I have difficulty pricing stuff to be profitable, yet not wanting to push away customers. Actually, I'm working on my very first customers potential order. I had a software learning curve to get the logo right, so obviously I can't charge for all that time, but it was education for me. Now to the pricing of the vinyl, I bought all my vinyl from USCutters in a starter pack of 12 five yard rolls of ORACAL 651. I have figured the price per square inch to be .48 which includes the transfer tape. The customer wants 10 8x8, and 12 6x6 of the logo in a simple form, and the same priced for the same logo with what he calls a pinstripe shadow, that took some doing actually, but I figured it out. The pinstripe also has a tiny colored bit to it, so an extra cut there, as well as another color. I'm figuring about 50 inches total (24 inch wide, and can only fit so much across- I did try 3 across, and there is just not enough room to actually fit it and cut it properly). So how would you price this? I see several different prices that I can obtain just from this thread. And do you price design time separately? Additionally, do you add some for the time it will take to assemble the red stripes? I can tell you already this customer is VERY picky as well. I was tempted to not work with him.