FAQs

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Whats the difference between a wrap and vinyl graphics?

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You usually "wrap" a vehicle when you want full coverage artwork, or your trying to make a bold statement with color all over, and/or graphic effects like texturing backgrounds or using large photos as a background. "Vinyl Graphics" sometimes can look like a wrap, but usually are simpler in design and usually consists of cut vinyl lettering over the top of the vehicle, maybe along with some contour cut graphics or logos that do not fully cover the vehicle 100%. Wraps are more expensive that vinyl graphics in most cases.

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Are my graphics water and weather proof?

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Absolutely! All vinyl lettering and wraps are rated for a minimum of 5-7 years outdoor durability, and sometimes more when graphics or wraps are laminated. Most are even car-wash safe, but use care when spraying the graphics with high-pressure water streams at close distance as you risk possibly lifting the graphic off if there is a weakness or vunerability.

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What is the average life span of vinyl graphics?

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Average durability of vinyl and wraps is 5-7 years outdoors.. more when high-performance material is used or printed graphics are laminated. Beware of printed graphics that are not laminated, they will not last outside!

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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?

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CMYK stands for "Cyan" , "Magenta", " Yellow" and "Black", which are the colors used to reproduce images using inks and standard printing technology. RGB stands for "red", "green" and "blue" which are the colors used to reproduce images using light projection methods such as a TV, Monitor, Projector or LED screen. When printing images always = CMYK. When using an image in a presentation, video or website = RGB. Always be aware that sometimes there is color shift when converting from RGB to CMYK due to the color spectrum limitations and "gamut" of CMYK reproduction.

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What is the proper resolution and file type suitable for large format printing?

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Sharp and crisp printing requires that file types be of a minimum of 300 dpi to size. Files at lower resolution are not guaranteed to reproduce acceptably.. and 72 dpi files are NOT recommended for printing. Files saved off a website at 72 dpi are not suitable for reproduction.

To make sure your files print correctly and are sharp and crisp... please provide vector files for logos in EPS, AI, or PDF formats. If a JPG or a TIFF is all you have, please make sure it is 300 dpi.

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What is choroplast and why should I use it for my signs?

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Choroplast , sometimes called "choro" is a durable plastic material commonly used for outdoor signage such as real estate signs and lot signage. Its name comes from the corrogated grooves that provide it stiffness and rigidity. It is economical and light weight for its size and has great outdoor durability.

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Will vinyl graphics or wrap material damage my paint?

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No. But be careful installing any graphics over damaged paint. While the graphics will not damage the paint, if there is rust underneath and paint damage, when the graphics are peeled off you risk peeling up a damaged area.

When installing graphics on vehicles, always finish the surface first with either primer or paint and remove any surface rust or damaged metal beforehand. Otherwise, you risk creating more damage down the road when trying to remove your graphics.