Power Carving with Flexible Shaft Tools

19-Mar-2013

Flexible shaft carving systems are not a necessity for woodcarving, but they sure are nice to have for several reasons. Carving with gouges or knives is generally a slow, thoughtful process. To save time....................... Read more

Shop Saftey Plan

18-Mar-2013

In some cases, your employees will not recognize the hazards in your shop or on the jobsite. Your responsibility is to educate your people about these hazards, such as those posed by contact with solvents or other hazardous materials. If your employees are exposed to hazardous fumes, vapors, dusts, etc. over OSHA's permissible exposure limits (as stated on the MSDS), you must take the following steps............. Read more

Selecting the Right Premask for the Job

11-Mar-2013

As a leading manufacturer of premasks, application tape and surface protection maskings, RTape has developed several products for screen print and digital print applications. The four premasks and prespacing tapes listed below are in stock and are available in the most commonly used roll widths. Read more

Arlon's DPF 8000

28-Feb-2013

Many shops, which have printed wall murals in which the ink bleeds to the edge of the panel, have experienced edge curl issues with a variety of vinyl films. For permanent wall graphics applications, I would consider using Arlon’s DPF 8000 film. DPF 8000 is a 3.5 mil (90 micron) satin white calendered vinyl, designed for long term indoor and outdoor applications. It features an aggressive, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive that sticks to those “hard-to-stick-to” surfaces.
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Building Work Tables

25-Feb-2013

Building a work table is easy enough for anyone to construct. What’s more, it takes very little time to build. And if you build it right, it could last you the rest of your life. Best yet, the cost is minimal, especially when you consider that you will use your work tables more than any other piece of furniture, machinery or tool that you own. If you haven’t built a work table before, here are a couple of suggestions, that I received from several sign makers. Read more

Picture Perfect Wall Graphics

25-Feb-2013

Applying graphics to a flat, smooth, painted wall is easy. Still problems can and do occur. Rarely are these graphics failures the result of application technique. Instead improper surface preparation and poor material choices account for most problems. If you follow the few simple rules in this article, your applications should be trouble-free. Read more

Fooling the Optical Sensor

12-Feb-2013

Some printer manufacturers, such as Mutoh, Summa and Mimaki, have systems that utilize a separate plotter to contour cut the printed graphics. To ensure accurate cutting of the printed graphic, the plotters utilize an Optical Positioning System called OPOS. The electric eye or photo sensor of OPOS scans the black register marks printed along the outside edge of the print, so the cutter can plot the knife cut. Read more

Application Film with Air-Egress Technology

07-Feb-2013

Surely you have heard about air-egress vinyl films such as 3M Comply and Avery EZ Apply. RTape Corp. has developed AT75.1, an air-egress application tape. The embossed surface of the AT75.1 facestock impresses a grid pattern of air-egress micro-tunnels in the adhesive for bubble-free lamination of the application tape to vinyl graphics. Read more

Are Premask and Prespacing Tape the Same Thing?

04-Feb-2013

The plethora of terms used for the application tapes sold in the sign and screen print markets could confuse anyone. In the sign market, many people just use the terms “application tape” or “application paper”. Frequently this tape is also incorrectly referred to as “transfer tape”.
If you are a purist and want to pick a few nits, the terms application tape and transfer tape refer to completely different products. Transfer tape refers to a transfer adhesive, which is an adhesive coated onto a release liner.

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Storing Application Tape

04-Feb-2013

Application tape manufacturers package their products in plastic sleeves, then box them in corrugated containers to protect the tape from light, dirt and humidity. If you’re not going to use the tape immediately, keep it in its box. Tape not stored in boxes is exposed to light, which can cause yellowing. Even shop lighting can yellow application tape. Read more

Paint Component Basics

31-Jan-2013

Something within our human nature compels us to paint. Ever since our primitive ancestors decorated the walls of their caves more than 40,000 years ago, man has formulated different types of paint mixtures. Read more

Why Install Graphics in a Relaxed State

16-Jan-2013

Years ago professional decal installers were taught to install vinyl graphics in a relaxed state without stretching the film. While vinyl films today are much more robust and can withstand the stresses encountered when wrapping a vehicle, you are much less likely to experience film failure, if you adhere to some of the old rules. Here’s why. Read more

Application Temperature Range

09-Jan-2013

To avoid problems with vinyl or any other pressure-sensitive material, carefully read the vinyl manufacturer’s technical data sheet. Product bulletins will usually contain all of the information you need, including application temperature range. The application temperature range for most vinyl films is usually between 50⁰ and 90⁰F (10⁰ to 32⁰ C). For some films, the minimum application temperature range is higher.
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Why Photoluminescent Films Glow In The Dark

02-Jan-2013

Have you ever wondered why photoluminescent films, such as RTape’s GlowEfx™, emit a bright greenish glow when the lights go out? The pigments in photoluminescent films as well as in fluorescent films work very differently than other types of pigments. Read more

The Effect of Clear Coating Matte Silver VinylEfx Film

11-Dec-2012

Spraying RTape Matte Silver VinylEfx® film with a clear coat will change its appearance from a matte finish to a satiny finish. The reason for the change is that this VinylEfx® pattern is textured on the first or outside surface of the film. Other VinylEfx® patterns are embossed on the second surface. When you spray the clear coat on the matte silver, it fills in valleys of the texture. The film will not become as glossy as a Smooth Silver or chrome pattern. But it will look different. Read more





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