IRP Stickers

Today we made a set of T-shirts for Seattle based company, Import Replacement Parts. The T-shirts are Gildan Ultra Cotton in Sapphire. We printed their logo on the front left chest, and placed their URL in the same font centered on the back of the t-shirt.

All the printing on this project is glow in the dark! This assures that the next time Import Replacement Parts plays a game of capture the flag at night, they will get tons of great advertising.

IRP T-Shirts

For the stickers, we used a high performance vinyl, as we do with all of our automotive signage, decals and stickers. This assures durability, and less end user frustration when they need to remove the decal from the car.

We use thermal printing when we print onto vinyl. Thermal printing is the absolute best type of printing for outdoor use. Most sign shops rely on solvent or ink based printing. While that certainly has it’s uses, thermal printing will last for several years without any kind of lamination. What makes CDA Sign even more incredible, is that we coat every piece of outdoor printed vinyl with a UV/Abrasion protector. This adds even more years to the life of the decals and signs that we print.

If you need T-Shirts or Vinyl Stickers for your company, give us a call at 208-755-0538 or fill out our online form!


The Northwest Backcountry team

Recently we had the privilege of doing the t-shirts and vinyl banner for Northwest Backcountry Rescue. These volunteers are dedicated to their training to make sure that if you need rescued, they’ll be prepared to deal with any circumstance or danger that you may be facing.

Matt, from Northwest Backcountry Rescue gave us a call. They needed high quality cotton t-shirts with our high performance t-shirt vinyl product. We also provided them with moisture management, or wicking t-shirts. The wicking t-shirts help sweat and moisture move away from the body, keeping the wearer nice and dry.

Along with the t-shirt order, we made them a vinyl banner for when they do local events and demonstrations.

We are very honored to be able to serve these guys. Northwest Backcountry Rescue, thank you for your service, and thank you for business!


CR Gutting Industries T-Shirts and Signs

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by andy on July 22, 2011

CR Gutting Green T-Shirt

Needing professional landscaping or snow removal services? Get in touch with Caleb at CR Gutting Industries. CR Gutting Industries provides professional landscaping and snow removal services in the Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Rathdrum areas. Caleb came to us last month needing company t-shirts as well as vinyl signage for their trucks. Both turned out fantastic.

These particular t-shirts were both long sleeve, and short sleeve in safety green and black. For this project we used our Gildan Ultra Cotton brand, as well as our Siser cut vinyl material. In most cases our Siser digital cut vinyl product is better than your typical screen printing product as the digital cut vinyl often outlasts the garment. And we only use high quality garments.

CR Gutting Truck Signs

As to the signage, we did 2 larger door signs and a rear tailgate sign for one of CR Gutting’s pickup trucks. Caleb had CDA Sign perform the installation of these signs. Another job well done!

Thank you CR Gutting for the opportunity to work for your company. As with all of our customers, we are very thankful for the work that we do get, and look forward to serving you again.

If you need a vinyl sign, please fill out our online form or give us a call! 208-755-0538

To see more of this job, see the pictures below!




JEB Commerce Signage and T-Shirts

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by andy on July 2, 2011

JEB Commerce, a Coeur d’Alene based internet marketing company, recently had a branding overhaul performed by Whitestone Design Werks. Whitestone Design Werks referred us to JEB Commerce to build new signs with their new logo for the front of their building. We also created t-shirts for JEB Commerce with their new branding. Both the signage and the t-shirts turned out fantastic.

If you need a vinyl sign, please fill out our online form or give us a call! 208-755-0538


Easyweed vs Chromablast

Cd’A Sign recently began doing t-shirts. After a ton of research, we have decided on 2 completely different products that both use heat transfer to bring the job to completion. When someone mentions “heat transfer”, you immediately think of the old school iron-on designs that your mom tried to put on your shirts as a kid. However, this is not your mom’s kind of heat transfer. There are no irons involved. Rather, we use a large heat press that burns our designs into the shirts at 300-375 degrees with lots of pressure. We are very impressed with the quality product that this produces.

The reason we went with these 2 heat transfer processes over the typical screen printing or silk screening is that it allows us to do low quantities of shirts fairly quickly. With silk screening or screen printing, there is a lot of setup involved, and most shops don’t appreciate having to pump out a single shirt, or even a dozen shirts, with that process. Most shirt shops charge an arm and a leg if they have to do low quantities.

Siser Easyweed

Siser Easyweed T-Shirt

The first method of heat transfer we use is with a specialty vinyl called Siser Easyweed. With Easyweed, we cut out the design on our plotter the same way we would a vinyl sign. We then press the die-cut Easyweed into our shirt with our heat press at 305 degrees for around 15 seconds. The die-cut design is then bonded with the shirt.

The finished product feels very smooth, very light. It has a very vibrant look to it, that when applied correctly, does not ever go away. We are hearing reports from some shops that have washed t-shirts with this product 50+ times without hardly any change in appearance at all. It continues to look vibrant and bonded with the shirt after multiple washes.


  • Vibrant/bright color.
  • Has a very nice feel to it.
  • Can be used on any color t-shirt.
  • Can do up to a 15″ x 15″ design.
  • Has a very light, smooth texture.

Limitations(in comparison with Chromablast ink below):

  • Bad for complicated designs and gradients.

Chromablast Heat Transfer Ink

Chromablast Ink T-Shirt

The second method of heat transfer t-shirts we use is with ink. We have a specialty printer, and use specialty inks, that print on specialty heat transfer paper, that go on 100% cotton shirts. Once the design is printed out, it is placed on the t-shirt, and clamped together at about 375 degrees for 35 seconds.  The ink is activated with heat and actually changes the color of the t-shirt. The finished product has no feel to it at all, unlike the Siser Easyweed.


  • Almost any design that can be printed, can be transfered to a t-shirt. Including photographs.
  • Quick and easy.
  • Great for complicated designs.
  • Has no feel, the color is transferred to the shirt.

Limitations(in comparison with Siser Easyweed above):

  • Can only be used on light color t-shirts.
  • Limited to 8.5″ x 11″ designs.
  • If there is any defect in the print job, it will show up on the shirt, potentially ruining a whole shirt we have been working on. With Siser Easyweed, it’s easy to spot any defects before applying to the t-shirt, and defects are way more rare.

In conclusion, both of these products are a high quality way of doing t-shirts. Both have their advantages and between the two we are able to take on most t-shirt jobs that come our way.

Need some t-shirts? Give us a call or fill out the form on our website!