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Refresh Your Window Graphics

By | Office Vinyl Graphics, Vinyl Care, Window Graphics, Windows and Doors

Window graphics fade over time.  What looked great at first gets tired and worn.  Take a hard look next time you come to work.

Signs of Graphic Deterioration

Signs of aging graphics include faded colors, brittle or cracked vinyl and lifting corners.  What causes vinyl graphics to fail?  The number one culprit is the sun.  If your graphics are south facing or get a lot of sun then all of the signs will eventually occur.  Printed color graphics on exterior windows should have a UV protective laminate.  That definitely helps.  The Mighty Sign Makers always laminate exterior window and door graphics.  This slows the signs of graphic deterioration.  Single color cut vinyl has some UV protection built it but it too will degrade over time.  When you see the corner or edge of the graphics starting to lift the failure has begun.  If the vinyl has been on the glass for a long period of time it will start to shrink and crack.  Vinyl shrinks over time.  It doesn’t matter if it is a vehicle wrap, a sign or window graphics.  At some point, the vinyl will shrink enough to begin to fail.  This usually takes a few years, less in a hot, sunny location.

Refresh Window Graphics

People typically don’t notice graphic failure until up close.  Any customer-facing window or door gets scrutinized every time someone sees it.  It’s not the first impression a customer has of your business, but it does create one.  Especially if there are signs of graphic degradation.  If you think no one notices, think again.  There is important information on your windows and doors.  Graphics may include your business name, address, phone number, logo and more.  People do notice.  It is time to refresh if something about your business has changed.  The Mighty Sign Makers did our own windows recently.  We want our exterior to showcase our business, our services, our logo, and our tagline.  Sign companies, ours included, are guilty of making then forgetting their signs.  The Mighty Sign Makers realize that our signage is critical to our business, so we did a refresh of all of our windows.

New Window Graphic Options

The companies that make the types of vinyl and materials we use must never sleep.  New and improved products hit the market constantly.  Manufacturers like Oracal, 3M, and Avery find new processes to improve their products and this leads to longer graphic life.  The Mighty Sign Makers value our customer partnerships.  We discuss these options with you before you make the purchase.

Ready to Refresh?  Contact the Mighty Sign Makers now for a free consultation and estimate.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Lobby sign with company logo flanking computer monitor on wall

Conference and Training Room Signs

By | Conference Room Wall Sign, Inside Signs, Office Vinyl Graphics, Wall Graphics

Expressing your values is important, just like safety.  These vinyl wall graphics are displayed in Frontier Landscape and Tree Service’s conference and training room.  The design is simple but the message is very clear.  Think safe and be safe.

Here’s a little information about wall graphics:

Lettering and logo on a conference room wall

Wall Graphics Description:  These vinyl wall graphics are made with an air release vinyl that adheres nicely to walls.   This type of vinyl is very forgiving during installation.  And easy to replace when your message changes.  After the graphics are printed on our state of the art Roland full-color digital printer they must out-gas for about 24 hours before we apply the protective clear laminate.  This prevents bubbling and keeps the graphic looking good for a long time.  Speaking of gasses…

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Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Don’t Want a Traditional Lobby Sign in Portland?

By | Inside Signs, Lobby Signs, Office Vinyl Graphics | No Comments

As we’re bombarded with messages on walls, cars, buildings, windows, and even floors, it’s grown increasingly difficult to catch our attention visually. That means your traditional lobby sign won’t cut it anymore. In fact, thinking outside of the box isn’t even good enough. You need to travel to a different planet from that box. And, as the best place to buy lobby signs in Portland, Oregon, Specialty Graphic Solutions can take you there. Here are some ahead-of-their-time options that are noticeable and memorable.

Backlit Lobby Signs Will Eclipse the Competition

Imagine the whole city is staring up at the sun waiting for a solar eclipse. Then, instead of the moon passing in front of the sun, it’s a lobby sign with your logo on it. This is essentially what it looks like when you choose backlit lobby signs, except you won’t horribly blind everyone who enters your business. We use bright LED lights that are still significantly less powerful than the sun yet efficient and environmentally-friendly. These markers create a sophisticated halo effect on any wall they’re mounted to.

You Don’t Need Special Glasses for This 3D Look

Okay, so dimensional letters with logos aren’t that uncommon, and many traditional signs consist of dimensional letters. However, there are exciting new things that we can do to make your dimensional lobby sign really pop. It all comes down to materials. Here are some material options that’ll give you an unconventional appearance:

  • Sign Foam – Sign foam is a favorite for dimensional letters because it can achieve a thickness of up to four inches. Plus, we can paint it any color you want, add digitally-printed graphics, or cover the letters and logo with a laminate.
  • Metal Laminate – Speaking of laminates, metal laminate is the bomb. We use a thin layer of real metal allow and apply it to PVC, acrylic, sign foam, or other substrates for a professional look that projects longevity in an industry. We recommend a brushed aluminum finish.
  • Acrylic Laminate – This works much the same way as metal only for different purposes. Acrylic projects a high-tech, avant-garde, trendy vibe with its glossy look.

Cover Your Giant Wall with Vinyl or Use Digital Prints

If visitors to your business are greeted by a huge, blank wall, you probably don’t want to install a puny lobby sign. Yet, if you wanted to install a sign worthy of the stature of your wall, the above materials might be cost prohibitive. Vinyl is the answer. We’re able to cover your entire wall with a massive mural featuring your logo as the focal point. This is sure to have a lasting impression on everyone who enters your building. Digital prints are also a great way to make your lobby a welcoming place.

This is just a taste of what we can do with lobby signs in Portland, Oregon. Do you have some out-of-this-world ideas that you aren’t sure are possible? Go ahead and try us! When you contact us for a free consultation, we’ll let you know if we can make your dream a reality. Most of the time we can. Call today for a free quote!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Wall Graphics Brighten the Offices of Evosus Software in Vancouver!

By | Office Vinyl Graphics, Walls Graphics | No Comments

Moving into new digs is a natural part of owning a business. As you expand or the landlord hikes the rent, you need to find a new place. Often times, the new location isn’t exactly what you want. The death metal record label that previously inhabited your unit may have left all sorts of questionable symbols on the walls. Or, the previous renters may have been a little too into the color pink.

Whatever the reason, you need to make the interior of your space fit your company culture, and you probably need to do so on a shoestring budget. Evosus recently realized this, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for office wall graphics for software companies in Vancouver, WA.

What Does Evosus Do?

Located in the Hazel Dell neighborhood of Vancouver, Evosus makes point-of-sale and business management software. They got their start back in 2001 when a service manager for an area hot tub dealer realized that pool and spa companies needed business management software. They’ve since expanded to supply card, mobile, client, payroll, and backup and disaster recovery services for a wide array of industries.

When an enterprise that provides such valuable services for businesses throughout the region came to us for office wall graphics and murals in Vancouver, WA, we got right down to work. Evosus had recently moved into a new office, and they wanted to make it their own. We knew wall graphics would be just the ticket.

We Gave Evosus the SGS Treatment

Our first step of the process was to send out our Mighty Sign Maker Jason to the Evosus offices to run a vinyl test on the walls. Paint and vinyl adhesives don’t always play well together. Some paints can be extra finicky. Our “measure twice, cut once” solution for this is to test adhesion of various types of vinyl and find the ones that will work well on their particular paint job. Once we completed this step, we were able to give Evosus an accurate estimate of how much the project would cost, so they’d be sure it fit their budget.

We started making the actual graphics once the designs were finalized. For this project, we used Avery 900 Supercast films, which are prized for their durability. For the company values, we simply used black and white text. And, for the upstairs and downstairs walls at Evosus, we used black, white, and gray icons.

Last week, Evosus hosted an open house to show off their new location. And, it turns out the new wall graphics were a hit! The guests loved the spiffy appearance. Our clients loved the job we did. And, we loved having another satisfied customer!

Did you recently move your organization into a new facility? Are you a little short on the cash needed to hire a professional paint crew to cover up the ugly ‘70s colors left by the previous tenant? No problem! Contact SGS today for a free consultation and quote on wall graphics for your new location. We think you’ll be surprised at how affordable it is!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

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