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  • Gym mats – using cut vinyl to apply graphics to the surface. advice please?

  • Matt Oxley

    Member
    November 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Hello everyone

    I’ve been asked to price a job at the local mma gym, it is for their logos to be put onto the gym mats (a few pics attached) in their boxing rings / cage

    Has anybody done anything like this before? I was thinking just normal cut vinyl as it will probably only be black/white however now sure how they would hold up with people standing/rolling on them!

    Thanks in advance
    Matt

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    November 7, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I doubt they will last, and if they are rolled or folded it will crease, crack or make them peel back.
    if any, I would use a cast or poly super grip adhesive vinyl. sorry, I am not more specific but I forget the correct spec that we use.
    alternatively, if one colour, a cut stencil and ink the logo in place should work a treat. contact apollo inks for this. very cost-effective if you know what you’re doing.

  • Iain Pearson

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Can’t see any pictures ?
    Just a thought but what about banner vinyl used for lorry curtains ? That stuffs pretty robust and stands up well to being folded etc

  • Matt Oxley

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Apologies a couple of pics should be attached here

    I was thinking maybe for ease printing and laminating in just a rectangle or keyline

    Was thinking some sort of high tack vinyl with a large squeegee just to get it stuck down

    Alternatively I was thinking trying a stencil / paint but again not something I’ve done before!

    Appreciate the feedback!

  • Luke Culpin

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Stencil & paint would be the more long term solution!

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I second Iain’s post.
    APA curtain sided vinyl will not come off that.

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Obviously depending on the graphic/artwork, "Stencil and ink" is the most cost-effective long term solution. Truck curtains have been getting it done this way as long as I have been in the trade. Paint will not perform as well as ink, takes longer to dry etc.

    if you want an easy modern method, print direct to truck curtain vinyl. APA truck vinyl is probably the most cost-effective, but not easy to install if you are not used to it. You will need to clear coat it or laminate with whatever. I guess APA can help recommend what’s best there. your next obstacle here is material costs and minimum amounts required to purchase?

    You need to remember how flexible the surface is. how much bouncing-on, stretching and abrasion it will be subjected too.

    I doubt general banner vinyl will perform well.

  • Matt Oxley

    Member
    November 9, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Thanks everyone for the replies and advice, I’m going to get a few samples in and take it from there

    At least the customer will be able to see first hand what is what, and then he can decide!

    Thanks again
    Matt

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