Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAST AND CALENDARED VINYL?

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A:Though cast vinyl and calendared vinyl look the same they have some very fundamental differences that are established during their creation that yield specific application limitations. These limitations are essential to know when selecting vinyl for various projects. Calendared vinyl, which gets its name from the manufacturing process, is created from a series of basic raw materials which are run …

Q: WHAT KINDS OF SUBSTRATES ARE AVAILABLE?

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 A:Corrugated Plastic “Coroplast” Durable because it is water proof and resistant to stains and most chemicals. At regular temperatures most oils, solvents, and water have no effect, allowing it to perform under adverse weather conditions or as a product component exposed to harsh chemicals. Wide range of colors. 4mm is a common thickness; 10mm is very heavy and rigid. Coroplast …

Q: WHAT IS SUBSTRATE?

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A: Substrates consist of foam-core, gatorboard, MDO board, plexi-glass, alumacor, polystyrene, PVC, etc. Your adhesive backed graphics are mounted to these types of materials to add strength and rigidity.

Q: WHAT IS LAMINATE?

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A: Laminate is applied on top of media, and in many cases helps further protect the graphic from abuse. We generally use a cold lamination film

Q: WHAT KINDS OF ADHESIVE ARE AVAILABLE?

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A: No Adhesive Banners, photo paper, poster paper, and artist canvas typically do not have any adhesive. ChangeableChangeable films can be removed without any aids such as heat or chemicals and without leaving adhesive residue. RepositionableRepositionable graphics have a low-tack adhesive that leaves no residue and can be reused like “Fat Heads.” Semi-permanentSome semi-permanent films can be removed with the …

Q: WHAT KINDS OF MEDIA ARE AVAILABLE?

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A: Calendar VinylGeneral-purpose signs and graphics; moderate to good exterior durability. Greater production yields equals less cost. Stiffer/thicker film equals easier handling. Thickness of film increases resistance to abrasion. Intended for flat, smooth opaque application surfaces. Cast VinylDesigned for maximum outdoor durability and conformability. Cast films also maintain their color and other properties better than other vinyl films. Better performance …

Q: WHAT IS MEDIA?

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A: Media is the material that your graphic is printed on.  At HCG Signs, we  print on many different types of media including banner material, adhesive backed vinyl, fabrics, backlit material, and many others.

Q: WHAT IS LARGE FORMAT PRINTING?

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A: We start where most print shops leave off. Although we have the ability to print the smaller sized graphic requests, we specialize in producing large graphics including vehicle wraps, tradeshow displays and exhibits, full color outdoor banners, and much more.