August 2011

Rush Delivery Car Vinyl Graphics

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by andy on August 24, 2011

Failed signs from the last sign company. CDA Sign got the job to create new, better quality signs.

One day on our way to get lunch at Paul Bunyan’s in Hayden, Idaho, we passed one of the Rush Delivery cars. We happened to notice that their vinyl signs were falling off. After contacting them, and suggesting that we could replace their vinyl signs with better vinyl signs, we got the job.

Jon, the owner of Rush Delivery, LLC came by our vinyl sign shop in Coeur d’Alene so that we could survey the job to be done. After looking at the old vinyl graphics, it appeared that maybe a poor quality vinyl had been used. The adhesive stayed on the car, but vinyl was separated. The previous signs had been layered, red vinyl on white vinyl, to get the desired look. Since CDA Sign can print on vinyl as well as cut vinyl, we decided that the future signs would all be printed and cut to get the desired look, rather than have vinyl stacked on top of each other.

Old signs removed, and the car washed!

We scheduled the installation for the following weekend, right after the Coeur d’com installation. Being on the road day after day throughout the whole northwest, the car had a quite a bit of dust when it arrived. We quickly removed the old signage using mild solvents, and then gave the car, a Honda Fit, a good washing.

New signs completed and ready to be picked up!

It looked beautiful and ready for new signage. Throughout the rest of the evening and into the following morning, we carefully measured, printed, and cut vinyl to the optimal size and real estate across the sides of the cars. Then we applied the vinyl using partially dry and partially wet application methods using a horizontal hinge.

Vibrant, printed vinyl

It turned out fantastic. The printed red on white vinyl turned out way more vibrant than the previous stacked vinyls. We also replaced the phone numbers on all three sides with the company’s website address.

Jon was very pleased with the installation and requested that we place both the graphic designer’s logo, and CDA Sign’s logo in the rear window. We did.

We greatly appreciate the work that Rush Delivery gave us, and look forward to taking care of his future cars and sign needs.

If you need vehicle signage, or even a full car, truck or suv wrap, give us a call at 208-755-0538 or fill out our quote form!




Coeur d'com vehicle graphics by CDA Sign!

Derek at Coeur d’com got in touch with us recently about creating and installing large vehicle graphics for the company’s Nissan Cube. Initially we were looking at doing a full car wrap, but later decided on the clean and crisp look of large vehicle signage in high performance vinyl. After showing Coeur d’com a few mockups of what we could do, we decided to start with large logo pieces stretching across the sides of the vehicle at an angle, with more pieces to follow.

After freshly washing the Nissan Cube, owner Jeff Adams dropped it off at CDA Sign for the day. We had already Photoshop’d how the signage would look on the vehicle, but since things are always a little different in real life, we re-measured and put our vinyl cutter to work.

We began with the red heart of the logo for the passenger side, making sure that it fit just the way we measured. After cutting the black, “Coeur d’com” text, we lined it and the heart up against the Nissan Cube to make sure our measurements were correct and that everything would look great. After we were satisfied with how it would look and were everything would go, we placed markers on the Cube with masking tape, and then began installing the heart. After the heart was installed using a wet application method, we installed the black text of the logo directly on top. We then repeated this process on the drivers side of the vehicle.

To top it off, we placed the Coeur d’com phone number and website url on the back right of the vehicle. It turned out great! The owners were very happy with it. One thing about using straight, high performance vinyl is that it is very vibrant, and really looked amazing on that pearl white Nissan Cube.

Thank you Coeur d’com for your business!

If you need vehicle graphics on your car, truck or suv, give us a call at 208-755-0538 or fill out our online form!


Welding Helmet Graphics

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by andy on August 1, 2011

Custom vinyl graphics on a welding helmet

Today’s job was a little out of the ordinary. It was like a partial vehicle wrap… but for a welding helmet. We had a request to print a specific Black Mamba snake decal for the top of a welding helmet, and to come up with something special for the rest. Using our specialty software, we vectorized the customers image and printed it using our Gerber Edge 2 thermal printer. We then coated the printed decal with UV/Abrasion protection. As we may have mentioned in the past, thermal printing is already the best type of printing for outdoor and heavy duty applications.

After studying the scales on a Black Mamba snake, we were able to make our own snake scale template. Then, we cut the scales on a 46″ wide, but 3″ tall strip of high performance vinyl, using our Summa 54″ Cutter. After we weeded the cut, we overlaid it with masking for an easy installation. Then, using a pen and a razor knife, we laid out the scales where we wanted them on the helmet.

This was a very fun project. It’s nice doing something a little out of the ordinary every now and then. Thanks Don for this project.

If you need a custom wrap or graphics on any application, please give us a call at 208-755-0538 or fill out our online form!