Printed & Cut Vinyl

"Stick" with us for Vinyl graphics that stand the test of time

At High Winds Graphix, we offer a variety of custom vinyl services, from Boat & car decals to yard signs. When it comes to decals specifically, we are able to produce these products using two types of vinyl application methods; printed and cut vinyl. How do these two methods differ? How do they compare? Let’s take a look.

Printed Vinyl

Printed vinyl refers to a type of vinyl that has an image, design, or pattern printed onto it using specialized printing methods. These methods ensure that the print on the vinyl is high-quality and durable, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. Printed vinyl can be used for both indoor and outdoor signage, decals,  and graphics for windows or doors.

One of the biggest advantages of printed vinyl is that it is highly customizable, allowing for endless design possibilities. It is also relatively easy to install, making it a popular choice for businesses and individuals wishing to create eye-catching displays. Printed vinyl is long-lasting and resistant to fading, making it a great investment for those who want to create a stunning display that will last for years to come. Overall, printed vinyl is a versatile and durable material that provides a cost-effective solution for creating stunning displays and graphics.

Vinyl Stickers

Vinyl stickers are low-cost, versatile, and can be printed in multiple colors, fonts, and sizes. These stickers are made of vinyl material, which is durable and weather-resistant, making them perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Vinyl stickers are used for a variety of purposes, including branding, advertising, home decoration, and personal expression. Vinyl stickers can be customized to be die-cut, contour cut, or kiss-cut, depending on the intended use and the design of the sticker.

Die-cut vinyl stickers are cut individually to fit the exact shape of the design. Contour-cut vinyl stickers are cut to the border as close as possible around the design, creating a more uniform look. Kiss-cut vinyl stickers are cut to the shape of the design, but only through the vinyl layer. This allows the stickers to be easily peeled off the backing paper and applied to surfaces without the need for additional trimming. Overall, vinyl stickers are a great way to add a personalized touch to your belongings or promote your brand.

Printed Vinyl Stickers
Cut Vinyl

Cut vinyl graphics are a popular choice for businesses and individuals looking to add custom designs or logos to their signage or vehicles or Boat. The process involves using a specialized machine to cut the design out of a sheet of vinyl material. The vinyl is then applied to the desired surface, creating a clean and long-lasting image. Cut vinyl graphics can be applied to a wide range of surfaces, including glass, metal, and plastic, making it a versatile option for a variety of applications.

One of the benefits of cut vinyl graphics is their durability and resistance to weather and fading. They are made from high-quality materials that can withstand harsh outdoor conditions, making them a popular choice for vehicle graphics and outdoor signage. With a wide range of colors and finishes available, cut vinyl graphics can be customized to fit any design aesthetic or branding need.

Cut Vinyl is typically used for 1 -2 Color Applications.  Although we often cut, assemble and apply graphics that are 3-4 colors, it is usually more cost effective to print Graphics that have more that 3 colors.

A few of the Vinyl Projects we have worked on

Printed and Cut Vinyl FAQ

There are different ways to remove vinyl graphics from your vehicle, but the most common and effective way is to use heat and a plastic scraper (we can give you one). Here are the steps you can follow:

  • Use a heat gun or a hair dryer to heat up the vinyl graphics until they become soft and pliable. Be careful not to overheat or burn the vinyl or the paint.
  • Use a plastic scraper or a plastic razor blade to gently peel off the vinyl from the surface. Start from one corner and work your way across the graphic. Do not use metal tools, as they may scratch or damage the paint.
  • Use a glue remover or a rapid remover spray to remove any adhesive residue left on the surface. Spray the remover on the area and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth.
  • Another option is this wheel attachment for a Drill.
    You can purchase one inexpensively on Amazon 
  • Wash and dry the area with soap and water to remove any dirt or grease. Do not wax the area. 

Here is a video tutorial that may help. 
How To Easily Remove Vinyl Graphics and Stickers from your Car or Truck (youtube.com)

Usually about 2 weeks from order and art approval.

To apply vinyl graphics, you need to clean the surface, peel off the backing paper, position the graphic, and use a squeegee or a credit card to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.

We like to use Orafol products. They are durable and long lasting. Here is a link to the colors available in the Oracal 651 line that is great for outdoor applications like vehicles and boats. 

It is guaranteed for 3-5 years, but usually lasts a lot longer.

Longer Lasting Oracal 951 Vinyl is also available that has up to a 10 year lifetime

 

oracal651

Pricing vinyl graphics can vary depending on the type, size, design, and installation of the graphics.

Vinyl is priced buy the square inch. Let us know the desired width, height and number of colors for an estimate.

Vinyl graphics have numerous advantages, including customizability. You can choose from a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, fonts, and images to create your own unique design. Additionally, vinyl graphics are relatively cheaper and easier to produce and install compared to other methods of printing or painting. They are also removable, allowing you to change or update your vinyl graphics without damaging the surface or leaving any marks. Vinyl graphics are versatile and can be utilized for different purposes, including advertising, branding, decorating, or personalizing.

Let's Put logos on stuff

Vinyl is the ultimate customization tool