Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby Ryki » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:12 pm

Woah, already pretty fricking good! I'm glad you spent so much time researching cause you seem leaps and bounds ahead of what I would've expected of a newbie : )
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby M20_fever » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:38 pm

Thanks dude!
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:57 am

Very impressive! Jeremy is excited for his decals man. I appreciate it very much!

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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby LEAN_E30 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:07 am

Tony, good deal, man. Cool you are getting into signage. Next step is buying a 4-6k inkjet printer and a laminator and you will be in business! Assuming you are designing with illustrator or Corel? hows your Photoshop chops?

The different vinyl materials make a huge difference in installation difficulty on compound curves. Go for a high performance over a cast/calendared as it will be thinner and conform easier as well as the thinner the sticker the longer it will last. Your multi layered designs are looking good, but if they are outdoors and 3+ layers of a calendared material, you may be lucky to see 5 years before signs of aging begin to appear, cracks, peals, etc.

I have wanted to pick one up for years, but I can't justify a cutter without a printer and its a tall price to pay for a hobby business that I may be lucky to break even in 5 years with how casually I pursue that type of side work these days.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby M20_fever » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:05 pm

I should update this thread with some more recent work. I use whatever vinyl is best suited to the application. So far cast sign vinyl has been working the best for smaller multi-layer applications. After a year of sitting outside both of my first multi-layers still look new. The vinyl is only 5 year, so expecting it to last forever on something kept outside just isn't realistic and I tell people that when I take a job. I don't think I'll ever get big enough to justify an inkjet for printing on vinyl, I have a local shop I sub that out to. I design it, they print it. I'm doing an install on a fiberglass bodied '71 camaro tonight and for all the front clip stuff (grill, bumpers, marker lights, etc...) it cost me $100 to have it printed. Hard to come up with a ROI on my own equipment with sub-out costs that low.

I use a variety of design tools to get different functionality. Primarily I design in Inkscape since it's free, but I also use Pchop CS3 and Sure Cuts A lot Pro for some stuff. I've even used Solidworks to do some designs. I work in SVG format so it can be ported to most design tools.

I'll throw up some pics after I do the drag car tonight. I also just picked up a golf cart that I'll be playing with full wrap on, always wanted to try it.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:47 pm

Few updates on what I've been working on the last few months. Been super busy with work/kids so this hasn't been a "lest make a business" type adventure, more like a "I do it because it's fun" kind of thing.

Guy owns a Micro Brewery and wanted his scooter lettered up with his logo and "racing" numbers, lol.
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My buddy who did the bodywork on the Chevelle is working on an original '68 GTO and needed original style quarter logos, easy job but neat to be a part of the resto.
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He also runs a golf cart business in Florida (snowbird) and he gave me a 'fixer upper' cart so I made him some new signage for his van.
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Also did my neighbors new-to-him boat, which ended up sinking, lol.
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Made this for my Wife's Expedition, not my design but she liked it so I cut for her.
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And probably the coolest thing I've worked on, a friends 7 second alcohol, nitrous fed drag car. This thing is bad ass, but it needed some personality.

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I did a dodge Ram with some bed and hood stripes that had logos on them too, but I finished and it was too dark to get good pics...waiting on him to snap a few and send them to me.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:54 pm

Why does it not have openings in the front for air flow? I'm not much of a drag guy so I'm clueless.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:03 pm

It only runs for about 3 minutes at a time, lol. Plus, it's just a fiberglass shell on a tube chassis, with the hood scoop it gets plenty of airflow at 140 mph.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby Yoshi » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:10 pm

True... 140mph is a little bit of air flow no matter what.
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby Court M3 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:09 am

Tony turning out the quality product quick! Might have an associate or two here in Cali that would want a couple for their drag cars. Will let you know
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Re: Tony's new Vinyl cutting adventure

Postby M20_fever » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:14 pm

Hey Court! Good to hear from you. Back state side then?
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