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  1. Does vinyl need to cure?

    I think it cures or gets a better grip over time. Like 2 or 3 months or so. The term cure is probably inaccurate but I use it when I talk with clients about new installs.
  2. Wet application with 1310G transfer rite?

    This article is a good read for new installers. Agree with dcbevins that it takes a while to gain the skills. I look back to when I was green and am surprised those early jobs turned out as good as they did. flat installs now are a snap and I never do them wet. I see bubbles if I had to layer my app tape due to not having a wide enough piece (or maybe running off an edge when taping it off and having to add a strip ) or sometimes when doing a center hinge on a large design that middle point where you go from one direction back the other way you can easily get some air. Also see bubbles when doing stacked layers that were pre-built and applied as one. The lowest layer often gets some bubbles right along the edges of the next layer up due to the app tape holding it up a little. (still worth doing in one shot) I, like dc, see most of those bubbles find their way out. I pop the ones that I can easily get to but the little mass bubbles that you sometimes see will disappear over a few weeks time. Always use a pointed object like a pin (I have USCutter's wood handled bubble and burnish tool) rather than something like a knife that will slice it. Vinyl will "cure out" with some time in the sun as it expands and contracts with the changes in temp and a lot of things go away. When I first did our suburban with my business logo I managed to get literally 400+ tiny bubbles in one part of the design. I figured I would be pulling it back off but didn't have time to mess with it for a few days. When I remembered to take a look again they were gone.
  3. Wet application with 1310G transfer rite?

    Not just because it hold the moisture in but also with wet installs you lose some of the tack the vinyl ordinarily gets when it hits the substrate so it helps to wet the top of the app tape when you get ready to remove it thus helping the install to stay in place. If you do a wet install plan on it taking considerably longer. I have always had to let it sit there a while and get a good grip before trying to get the app tape off. Small details are going to fight you. I avoid wet whenever I can just because I don't like the time loss.
  4. vectorize logo question

    I wrote to harley because I have a parody of their logo (Hardly Davidson) that I was going to market and wanted to see what they would say before I got it out on the net and got myself in trouble. In a nutshell they told me they have invested millions of dollars to build up their name and they would not allow me or anyone to benefit from their fame and expense. I talked to a lawyer about it who told me I would be protected by the fair use act BUT protected means that WHEN IT WENT TO COURT I could claim fair use because it was a parody. The WHEN IT WNET TO COURT part was the problem. Harley has a lot of money and actively protects their brand and it would probably end up in court to see who had the best lawyer and the most money to spend. I decided it wasn't worth it for a $2 decal so I just put one on my rat bike and called it a day. Lots of people commented on the decal when looking at my bike and I think it was a funny decal but not worth getting sued over. I do have to admit that their argument is strong. The whole thing would bot be funny if they hadn't made a name for themselves already. I was poking fu at my own bike that it was not a harley but still capitalizing on their fame. If I was super rich maybe I would go fight them in court just to be the first to actually win but I'm not rich and I like my house.
  5. Newb questions about my new SC2

    My 97 was stock motor and stock 5spd stock transfer case even which really surprised all my trail buddies. I ran a Ford D60 up front long side chopped to move the pumpkin over. 5:38 grs and ARB. Rear was a full width 14bolt with a detroit no-spin. 39.5 Irocs on full Hummer 1 rims with the runflats. I had to space the front back out to get back to full width and wished I would have ran some rebar or something around the H1 rims because they were pretty soft and had to pound the edge now and then if I got in a pinch. Enjoyed the full bead-locks a lot. I tried out the cadillac calipers on the back when I converted to disc brakes. Not a fan, I should have just went for some front chevy calipers and figured out a line lock or driveline brake for parking. I got them to work but they were problematic to get set up right and not have them leaking. It needed a deep reduction t-case but I was able to follow along everywhere the rest of the guys went and it made me a better driver. I even beat out a buggy at a local crawl competition in town. Deadenbear knuckles after the hydro-assit ram pushed the top off the stock Ford knuckle. I hear the Fords are weaker that way. deadenbear drills a chevy based design for the ford bolt pattern so it was an easy swap if not for being 15 miles up a nasty trail.
  6. Should I buy from US Cutter?

    Just always remember that the forum is just a bunch of users trying to help out. With the exception of a few actual tech helps that are on occasionally (most common is the Vinyl Master guys). The rest of us are just regular end users like you guys perhaps with a little more experience in some areas but not always. Even us Mod's are voluntary and try to help out in our spare time with varying success.
  7. Newb questions about my new SC2

    Nice! I have had several over the years but nothing like your lineup. 3 CJ5's of various vintage a CJ3A that had a cracked block and finally a 97 Wrangler that ended up running 40's on one tons. I sold the Wrangler a few years back (and yes I regret it) and have been trying out a 96' FzJ80. It's pretty nice and comfy but way too heavy. I enjoy the AC and creature comforts but I think I'll build another crawler or purpose built trail rig in a few years when I get another kid out of the house. The cruiser is now a high school vehicle for one of my girls. They like it cause all the guys are jealous. It's got a 4" lift and 315 tires with some custom trail protection around the edges.
  8. Why would the vinyl peel off the shirt

    Probably NOT the culprit but if you happen to try and use a product that is specifically for polyester and nylon like Siser Extra on a 100% cotton shirt it will come off. I tested this out to be sure and they weren't kidding.
  9. vectorize logo question

    All I'm pointing out is you may end up in litigation. Not my problem if you continue to do it as long as you don't upload copyright protected work onto the forum. Just know that Monster, Disney, Harley and many of the other big names in the world pay many thousands of dollars a year to employ people who actively search out violators and then they prosecute them. Not saying you will get caught but I wouldn't recommend taking chances. I wholeheartedly suggest contacting Monster and ask them if you can run their logo. They may say you're good. I have built logo's for people who were sponsored by various companies. They almost without exception have came with instructions on size, placement and required free space around them from other logo's, color options etc... Very specific use rules.
  10. Newb questions about my new SC2

    I am not a Corel user but looking at your SVG export settings I see one that I would change. You should export all text as curves. I would actually recommend converting any text to curves during the design process before ever getting to the export and maybe you are already doing that. Some of those other bitmap setting are probably for thumbnail viewing the SVG or something because the SVG will not be a bitmap itself. Not familiar with the nitty gritty of Corel. I AM a Jeep fan though.
  11. Color Match

    Matt, Are you talking printed work or cut? Absolutely agree with all the previous comments for cut vinyl. I keep up to date vinyl color guides to use when matching colors. I usually make the customer pick which one they think is the best choice. Often you fall in between two colors. For printed work I image that can be a whole can of worms in it's own right. (I don't own a printer) Maybe print several test strips of what you think will be close and see which one you like. If you do that be sure and print the CMYK values on each strip so you don't get confused which is which.
  12. MH721 vs Signcut Pro 2 (Cutter Size)

    That will be in your driver set. You must not have the right driver chosen for your actual cutter within the SignCut download. SignCut has live tech help. You have to start off by logging in for tech support by the website I think but they will call you and get you set up. I have even had them remote into my computer one time.
  13. vectorize logo question

    I would be very careful with regards to the trademark. Copyright and Trademark are two separate things. I agree that if you have the ability to create something for your own use you can do that but as soon as you start giving it away you are crossing a line. Don't know if that violates a copyright protection but in Trademark law that is called diluting the market. If your friend has some sort of affiliation with Monster or a sponsorship type thing then they can get approval to use the log. Maybe even get official decals. Otherwise you are putting yourself at risk of some blowback. I realize this is RC craft and probably emulating a full sized plane or something but from a marketing standpoint Monster has a lot of money tied up in the actual plane and would have claim on all sorts of side action such as matchbox cars and production RC planes. Not saying anyone actually makes an actual kit but they MAY. I think I would get something indemnifying you at the very least, like a signed realize form that the end user is authorized to commission the work. It may not save you from losing your house but....
  14. Why would the vinyl peel off the shirt

    Sounds like lack of heat. If it's NOT easy weed the rest mostly apply between 320 and 330 so that could be it. Have you checked your press with a heat temp thermometer? Always a good idea to do a double check.
  15. vectorize logo question

    You might also consider the potential financial obligations that may come from copyright and trademark infringement.