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  • Mixing standard vinyl with printed vinyl, too much contrast?

     Robert Lambie updated 4 months, 1 week ago 6 Members · 12 Posts
  • Martyn Heath

    May 14, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Hi, I have a very large shop to do in the coming weeks. The design is very simple, solid white band 305mm high across the bottom of all windows. However on 4 windows the band has a logo/graphic on it which must be printed.

    So the standard white would be 610 white vinyl split in half, and the 4 would be printed laminated white with logo.

    Is there too much contrast between the vinyl and the print laminate? im worried the whites are off too much but i dont want to laminate and cut white vinyl just so it matches.

    Am i being too ott or is the something you have come across aswell.


  • Peter Cassidy

    May 14, 2021 at 9:33 am

    assuming you are fitting the vinyl inside the shop, can you not just print the logos and apply them to the glass. then back in white vinyl.

    • Martyn Heath

      May 14, 2021 at 10:55 am

      Hi peter, no everything is going on outside of glass

  • David Hammond

    May 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Perhaps I’m being simple here…

    Why not just laminate some unprinted digital media, and apply that for the blank windows @305mm you’ll get 4 across a 1370 log. Guaranteed to match then, obviously will cost a little more.

    You could try the same laminate on the cad film so it’s the same gloss level, and see how the colours compare between the print.

    • Martyn Heath

      May 15, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Hi david, yes thats exactly what im weighing up. Just seems a little extreme in my opinion.

      Would you also be in the same mind that the whites are too different or just mix and match and assume customer wont say anything. This isnt an issue ive come across before tbh

  • Kevin Mahoney

    May 15, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Martyn, how about printing the graphic into the stripe, tape it up with app tape to fit, then contour cut the laminate & fit just over the print?

  • Robert Lambie

    May 16, 2021 at 5:09 am

    I think both David and Kevins options would work.
    Obviously, without seeing the artwork involved, it’s difficult to advise but personally, I would apply the white panels “on all the windows”. then print and laminate the logos and apply them on top of the panels. Then just charge accordingly.

    A good signmaker is often their own worst critic because we look for things like this and it eats us until we aren’t sure what to the hell to do! 😀

    The difference in the laminate adhesive colour is very minimal, but the fact you have a panel, then the logo sets both apart. I think a full laminated panel, then a bare white panel is a different case and more obvious if there was a noticeable difference.

    • Martyn Heath

      May 16, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Your not wrong there rob! thanks, guys for your help, I’ve got some options to look at now. This guy is a photographer and very very anal to the point he needs a slap. So want to cover all bases

  • Simon Worrall

    May 17, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    I think I am a bit OTT as well, I have done a number of jobs involving areas of white as well as areas of printed including white. I always use the same vinyl with the same finish, ie laminate the plain white to match. Subtle differences like this are easily picked up, and it gets expensive if you have to go back and fix it because the anally retentive customer isnt happy.
    So, in conclusion, always be one step ahead of your customers in anal retentiveness😊

    • Martyn Heath

      May 17, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      Nice to hear you have had the same thoughts simon. 👍

      • David Hammond

        May 17, 2021 at 12:52 pm

        We’re much the same, we’re our own worst critic.

        There have been times when we’ve had to let jobs go out and I’ve not been 100% but left with no option and the customer hasn’t spotted it. I know it’s there.

        Unless absolutely unavoidable, it’s either right or wrong, and the one time you chance it, it’ll bite you in the backside.

  • Robert Lambie

    May 19, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    are you able to show a picture of the artwork, Martyn?
    advising on something blind is easy enough but sometimes we can miss the obvious, mate.

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