• Special Application Vinyl & Cut Decals
  • EcoSol & EcoUV Digital Printing
  • Metal Substrate
  • Plastic Substrate
  • Banners
  • Trade Show Displays
  • Dimensional Lettering

Special Application Vinyl & Cut Decals

We stock a variety of vinyls and laminates for a multitude of applications.

  • Pigmented vinyl films are suitable for window graphics, simple decals, and vehicles. With a color life of 8-10 years.
  • Thick laminates make excellent printed counter and table tops.
  • Super high tack vinyl allows for graphics adhered to concrete and some other surfaces.
  • Static cling vinyls are good for temporary application on glass.
  • Stiff non-adhesive materials are good for trade show booths.
  • Perforated vinyl for putting large prints on windows, so you can still see out.
  • Dry erase boards for schedules and menus

Vehicle Decals

Simple door and window decals are a nice, subtle way to advertise your business on your vehicle without the investment of a full wrap. These can be simple 1 color cut decals, or full color die-cut prints for adhesion to a variety of places on your vehicle.

Vehicle Wraps

Guaranteed to turn heads. Each wrap is custom designed for the specific vehicle it will be applied to. Wraps can cover every visible surface (including most of the windows, as far as state law will allow), or can be designed to take advantage of the existing paint color. Wraps are priced based on coverage, the model of vehicle (curvier cars are harder to install), and install time. The best way to have a wrap designed is to let us know your budget and we will create a graphics package that will match your price range.

Design

We will need to know the make, model, special trim package and color of your vehicle to get started. Usually we have a template to use for the design of the wrap, but straight on photographs do help. Sometimes the template does not show some reflectors, vents, special moulding pieces, etc., that can greatly complicate the wrap if not known about beforehand. Wrap designs are also complex and time consuming, so wrap proofs can take a couple of days to a week to complete.

Preparation

Wraps require a lot of vinyl so it usually takes a couple of days to print all the materials needed to perform the wrap. A freshly cleaned vehicle also makes it much easier to do a quality wrap. Expect for us to need your vehicle for at least 1 full working day, though most wraps take 2 or 3.

Installation

Once the vehicle has been dropped off our crew will get to work installing it. If you have a garage or shop available that you would like the install performed in, we can come to you. The vehicle will not be available for use while the install is being performed.

Care & Life Expectancy

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Wraps are expected to last 5-8 years per the vinyl and ink manufacturer’s specifications. Montana weather can be very harsh on wrap vinyl as it is very hot and dry in the summer and wet with widely fluctuating temperatures in the winter. This can cut the life by as much as 30%. Typically in this climate the vinyl fails before the print fades. Proper care can extend the life of the wrap significantly.

EcoSol & EcoUV Digital Printing

Our Roland XC-540 is capable of printing up to 1440 dpi on a wide variety of substrates at up to 52” width x 50 yards in a single panel. Most raster artwork is not detailed enough to take advantage of that resolution, so we recommend files large enough to support at least 150 dpi and ideally 300 dpi when scaled to full size. Vector graphics can be printed at any resolution (usually 720 dpi because of printing time concerns).

The XC-540 creates full color CMYKlmlc prints. CMYKlmlc has an advantage over standard CMYK as most of the RGB and Pantone gamut is available. No plates or screens are needed so this is an excellent method for small runs or high detail prints such as photographs. Prints with this device have a 2-3 year out door life and when laminated up to 8 years.

We use a hardware color calibration device to correct for the color shift caused by lamination. Uncorrected prints tend to come out a little green. In bright sunlight laminated prints will still be a little green, but not as much if uncorrected. The lamination makes UV light into green light to protect the ink pigment from damage. The same device can also be used to help aid in finding the color values of an object. However, it should be noted that no inkjet printing device can exactly replicate the entire gamut of any color system or hit specific colors exactly.

The Roland LEC-330 is a special purpose printer that uses UV curing ink with dual UV lasers to instantaneously harden the ink on almost any surface. Just like the XC-540 it prints up to 1440 DPI, but in true CMYK and at 28” wide on a single panel. It has the added ability of printing on materials that the XC-540 cannot, printing opaque on clear (including white), and special effects such as embossing and metallics (by using a metallic substrate).

Items created on the LEC-330 are generally indoor use (with a couple of exceptions) meant for high-impact effects that cannot be produced using the XC-540. This device is perfect for trade show display objects, high-impact specialty product labels, name plates and tags, and a lot of other projects where we would previously use thermal foil printing.

Metal Substrate

Aluminum

Aluminum is a good option for signs that will be lightweight, thin, and will weather well. The main drawback to aluminum is that it easily bends. Aluminum is very durable when placed flat against a wall or is a heavy gauge that is well supported by poles and brackets.

  • Typical uses are parking signs, street signs, store front signs, directional signs, site signs.

Aluminum Composite

Aluminum composite is two thin sheets of aluminum with a solid high density plastic in between. It’s like an aluminum plastic sandwich. Composite is much more resistant to bending, is generally more durable, and capable of self-supporting. This material also comes in some special surfaces like brushed aluminum. It can also be used for flat cut dimensional lettering.

  • Typical uses are parking signs, street signs, non-backlit monument faces, store front signs, directional signs, site signs, or just about any other rigid sign you can think of.

Steel

Steel is very heavy but it’s your only option when you want magnets to stick to your sign. Steel is a special order sign board.

  • Typical uses are menu boards, and certain special application store front signs.

Brass, Copper, Bronze, etc.

These are available on special order for special applications required by a design where the unique qualities of these surfaces are needed.

  • Typically used for special application/design store front, decor, and directional signs.

Plastic Substrate

Expanded PVC

Expanded PVC is an excellent option for indoor signs that need to look flat and not have the ridging that happens with coroplast. PVC can be bent to make counter top signs. It works well as a substrate to use if you are going to frame a graphic, and it looks nice if you mount it straight to a wall without framing. Over time expanded PVC becomes brittle so must be well supported. If supported it will last for years.

  • Typical uses are self-standing table top signs, interior decor and directional signs, backing for large photo prints.

Corogated Plastic

Corogated plastic is one of our most widely used materials. It is very economical, extremely light weight, and is surprisingly durable both indoor and outdoor. The flutes in coro allow for the use of wire step stakes when used as site and directional signs rather than a heavy steel frame. A steel frame can also be used if you wish.

  • Typical uses are site signs, large 48 x 96 real estate signs (backed with plywood), temporary event and directional signs, changeable sandwich board faces, temporary monument faces.

Lexan (High Density Polycarbonate) Faces

Lexan is a high density, translucent, shatter resistant material. The most common use for lexan is as the substrate for backlit monument faces. It is also used in certain directional and decor signs where protecting the print and shatter resistance is required (like a rules sign at a gymnasium, or safety signs in a manufacturing plant).

Plexiglass (Acrylic) Signs

Plexiglass is used when the look of the sign requires the print/lettering adhered to the back face and be either transparent or opaque. This material can easily chip, shatter, and scratch so is best used in indoor applications where it will not be battered.

  • Typical uses are decor signs and transparent pockets for holding papers on signs and sandwich boards.

Sandwich Boards

Sandwich boards are handy transportable signs. They can be made using ready made Signacade and Simpo frames with changeable faces, or a permanent graphic on MDO (wood). MDO sandwitch boards can be cut to special shapes. Simpo and Signacade boards are economical where MDO are much more involved and expensive.

Banners

Regular

Banners are an excellent option for a light weight, easily transportable, temporary sign. Roll stock for banners require a maximum finished size for one edge of 22”, 36”, 52”, or any size in between. Banners can also be hem taped together to make larger banners, but a seam will be visible. Most banners have their graphics printed to them directly. The exceptions are boulevard and street spanning banners which are pre-sewn and much heavier stock than standard banner. Full color print is not a problem with banners, though the resolution is usually limited to about 150 dpi (the weave of the material causes any more detail to be lost).

Mesh

Mesh material is a special banner often used by construction and architectural firms as fence banners for construction sites. The main advantage to mesh banner is it’s resistance to wind damage, there just isn’t any material for it to grab onto.

  • Typical uses are site signs, large 48 x 96 real estate signs (backed with plywood), temporary event and directional signs, changeable sandwich board faces, temporary monument faces.

Trade Show Displays

Display Panels

These are the printed faces that make up the majority of the look of your booth. There are several options for substrates and finishes. High-resolution large artwork is a must for booths. People should be drawn in by the artwork as seen from afar. Then pleased by the quality upon closer inspection, thus leaving a quality impression of your company.

Banner Displays & Frames

Banner displays can be a self-rolling pop-up display or a thin, lightweight “spider” display. Both are re-usable and storable, utilizing interchangeable banners. Sizes for the banners for these frames are pretty exact so it’s best to figure out the frame you want before setting up artwork or having us set something up for you.

Backs & Frames

Self-standing collapsible velcro backed frames are a popular option for trade shows. A well planned booth will create something that is attractive when put up, but easy and fast to set up and take down. The backers last a long time, so a good one can be used again and again even if you are continually updating your panels. A wide variety of these are available in different sizes. So, it’s a good idea to know which one you want and what your available panel area will be before you get too earnest about setting up artwork or how the panels will lay out.

Dimensional Lettering

Dimensional lettering is a good choice when a sense of depth and permanency is required. Dimensional lettering requires simple designs similar to single color vinyl decals. Gemini provides most of our dimensional letters so we can get everything from flat cut metal to cast plastics of varying depths and materials.