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  • Making banners using cut vinyl. Advice please?

    Posted by Gary Forbes on October 5, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I have a pile of banners to make with some basic wording running up the middle.
    I think it will be much faster just cutting in vinyl and applying rather than printing.
    My question is, what banner vinyl is a good cost-effective one to use?
    And is it just me or does nobody make banners with cut vinyl anymore?

    I never really thought about this until now. I seldom see banners in vinyl!!

    Gary Forbes replied 1 year, 8 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • David Wilde

    October 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Gary,

    Surely its cheaper, quicker and easier to print than apply cut out vinyl?

    We only use plot vinyl on banners for colours we cant print these days.

  • David Stevenson

    October 6, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    We’d definitely print those. Lay out your design, load your printer, hit print (with margin marks), walk away. All you’re left to do then is trim and add grommets. You could even add grommet marks in your design software so you haven’t even to measure them out. What’s the old saying “why buy a dog and bark yourself” 😉

  • Gary Forbes

    November 10, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for the replies guys. I ended up just printing them as I had to go out for the day to do some fittings, so I left the printer running all day.

    @David-Stevenson do you not hem your banners? I hem all my banners. I just don’t think they feel as durable and I doubt my customer would accept them if they did not have a hem on them. Maybe that’s just me?

    @david-wilde1 I think you are right. At the end of the day it is probably cheaper.
    My logic was a banner will take five to ten minutes to print but cut vinyl as a single line of text in a minute if that!
    quick and easy, slap it on up the middle and onto the next. Whereas the machine will still be plodding away. I could have laid up most in the time it takes to print them and still have to hem and eyelet.
    I also have a bunch of part rolls of banner material that wouldn’t go through the printer now, but I could utilise them also if I was doing it in cut vinyl.

    All considered now, I think I was just thinking along this route because I didn’t have a lot on to do and thought it might be a better use of my time while saving a bit. Maybe a bit of false economy on my part.

    • David Stevenson

      December 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      @Gary-Forbes1 , Sorry just seeing your comment. We finish our banners using a reinforced woven banner tape (skipped that step in my previous comment). Used to use double sided tape and fold them over but the tape is faster and just as strong. Stuff has serious adhesive on it.