There are two types of “bubbles” that can occur when applying a vinyl decal. The first is little tiny bubbles that are caused by dirt, dust or whatever that was still on the surface before you put the decal on. You can avoid this problem by properly cleaning the surface before applying the decal. The second type is an air bubble. Please read our application instructions (and Hot Coffee directions) before applying the decal to reduce the amount of bubbles you may get. But air bubbles are almost impossible to avoid for novice decal applyers on large decals. It’s ok, most of these bubbles that occur are air bubbles that will go away after a few days of being exposed to the sun. If you are one of them impatient types, you can take a needle and pop them also.
The easiest answer to this question is, if you have to ask, don’t do it. Wet application takes practice and experience when mixing the soap with water, and most times a wet application is not necessary. If you are intending to use wet application to apply the decal, please let us know because we have 2 different types of application tape, and only one is rated for wet application.
If you have an old decal you are trying to remove, the best way is to take a heat gun or blow dryer to the decal to warm it up and then peel it off. If there is adhesive left over, you can just use some adhesive remover (such as Goo Gone) to remove it. If the surface is painted or finished, you should use a plastic razor (which we sell) for the easiest removal. If the decal is on glass, you can use just a regular razor blade. Be sure to properly clean the surface before you apply new decals.
How long do I have to wait to wash my car/roll down my window/use my windshield wipers after application of a decal?
Mostly, you don’t have to wait any time at all, but to be safe, we would recommend giving your decal 3 days of getting used to its new home before doing any of the above.
Nope. Unless you bring in your own garment, or you purchase one of our Pro Club shirts, your garment is already shrank all the way (in an actual home washer and dryer) to insure the longest lasting print.
What’s the difference?
We use vinyl and heat press it into the garment. This is the highest quality way of getting garments customized. But there are other ways of doing it, so let’s explain.
Screen Printing- this is the way that most people are familiar with. The ink is applied to the garment through a stencil like application. This is a good process for large runs because the shirt price goes down considerably with the amount of shirts you purchase. This is recommended for huge orders that the quality isn’t the main concern, and you are looking for the same design on every shirt. Screen printing, over time, will crack and peel, longevity depending on the printer. You usually have to make a minimum order of at least 50 garments of similar size, and you always have to pay a “screen fee” which usually start at around $40. We do take orders for screen printed shirts (and recommend it for large orders such as charity runs, or give-aways) but we don’t recommend it for say, business uniforms, or smaller orders. Tell us what your need is and we will recommend what is best to fulfill it.
Air brushing- Air brushing is where the design is hand drawn with a process similar to fine spray painting onto the shirt using a special ink gun. This is an acquired taste as far as desired effect for a custom shirt. Air brushing is recommended for things such as shoes, or other things that are not able to be customized in other ways, but air brushing has a specific look to it. We do not air brush here in this store, but we can recommend a good air brusher if you ask us.
Embroidery- Embroidery is where you have the design stitched into the garment. Embroidery is like screen printing, where you are exposed to a “digitizing fee” for what you are getting embroidered. Embroidery is like air brushing, where if that is what you are looking for, then that’s the look you are looking for and you can’t usually substitute it. We do not currently offer embroidery services, but we are looking into getting a machine in the future. In the mean-time we can recommend a good embroiderer upon request.
Direct to Garment or DTG- DTG printing is where the garment is basically placed in a big inkjet printer, and the image is printed directly onto the garment. DTG printing is a fairly new process in the customization world, and like all new things, has gotten a bad rep. Most DTG printers utilized today are not very good quality and have many restrictions, such as only being able to use black or white shirts, or not being able to use dark colored shirts (because of problems with white ink getting clogged in the tubes of the machine). But the DTG process is evolving, and getting better, and we have found a machine that looks very promising and we are in the process of trying to obtain one. This will give us the ability to print multiple colored designs on shirts, print over seems, print more kinds of surfaces and print cheaper large runs. We do have a very skilled and quality DTG printer and can get you these shirts. Come in an order today!
If you are comparing stores or kinds of printing, we recommend getting a sample of what you are wanting to see what quality it will be before you buy multiples. And if you ask us for our opinion on what is the best way for you to fulfill your needs, we will always honestly tell you what is the best way for you to go, even if we do have to turn away business. Please contact us with any questions.
Manufacturer instructions recommend that you wash the garments inside out, in cold water and dry on medium heat. In our experience, we have noticed that when you have the garment shrunk before customizing it, it makes the print look much better, longer. Everything in our store (with the exception of Pro Club shirts) is washed and dried to ensure ultimate shrinkage before we even put it in the store to sell. If you bring in your own garment without shrinking it, or purchase a Pro Club shirt, we recommend air-drying the garment. With that being said, we have plenty of customers that still dry those garments in dryers and are perfectly happy with the results.