We primarily use a thermal printer to produce our decals using a 'spot colour' printing process. This means that we print our decals using resin foils that are 'fused' in the heating process to the vinyl substrate, unlike inkjet printing which uses a fine mixture of dots of Cyan, Yellow Magenta and Black inks to produce a spectrum of colour, the thermal resin foils are 'spot colours' meaning they are printed sold colours.
This process produces a printed result that is almost indistinguishable from the original characteristics of the screen printed decals of days gone by. It also means that colours are brighter and consistent - no banding or visible dots on closer inspection. It also means that we are able to print metallic colours, white, fluorescent and even chrome effects. The printed results are superb with colours that are vibrant and opaque, which is especially important when producing window decals.
Thermal printing is more expensive than inkjet, but we use it because it produces superb results attune with original period screen print decals. We are far more interested in producing the best quality decals we can - if you seek quality and perfection, you've come to the right place.
Vinyl substrates come in an array of varieties with varying lifespans. It would take too long to fully explain the chemistry behind all the different versions available, so we'll keep it easy! We only use the best quality vinyls available to us, that being from manufacturers such as 3M, Gerber 3M, Orafoil, Metamark and Avery. These vinyls are all rated for external use ranging from 7-12 years, which of course in reality means that for a pride and joy kept under wraps most of the year - they will last much longer.
Finally prior to dispatch and depending on the type of decal produced, application tape may be added to assist with fitting the decal. Application tape is similar in appearance to masking tape, and is normally applied to the entire decal surface. It enables the decal to be removed from the backing paper and applied to the receiving surface without the need to touch the decal, and also allows where necessary the decal to be taped into position and then the decal applied in stages such as the 'hinge' method. Once the decal is applied and squeegeed into position, the application tape is easily removed by simply peeling away... revealing the decal beneath.