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Commercial Truck Graphics

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white car graphic and logo for Advanced Hydroseed

Commercial Truck Graphics and Branding

 

Truck Graphics and Vehicle Branding gets your business noticed.  Reaching hundreds of people every day, vehicle and fleet branding is both a high-impact and cost-effective way of promoting a brand, product or service.  Truck graphics are on display every time your vehicle is on the road, whether parked or on the move. The Mighty Sign Makers make your vehicle stand out from the crowd with effective vinyl lettering, logos, partial wraps or full wraps on your car, van, truck or trailer.  Some companies get more business from their fleet graphics than all other forms of marketing combined.

Fleet Branding

Your fleet is one of your most visible and important marketing tools.  Think of your vehicles as a large-scale, mobile advertising space that you already own.  If you owned a billboard that was seen by thousands of people each day would you leave it blank?  Fleet graphics such as vinyl lettering, company logos, partial wraps, and full wraps enhance your brand and get your message in front of your customers.  In addition to enhancing your brand, your fleet you will afford you the opportunity of a large-scale brand and product awareness for pennies a day.  Need Ideas?  Check out our Fleet Graphic Gallery!

Truck Graphics, Truck Wraps, Trailer Wraps, Van Wraps, and Box Truck Wraps

Creative and custom vehicle graphics, lettering and logos get you noticed.  Made from high-grade, outdoor rated vinyl, vehicle wraps and lettering stay vibrant and can last for years with proper care.  Consistency across all of your vehicle graphics provide a professional impression on potential customers.  The Mighty Sign Makers help guide you through the process from concept to installation.

Effectiveness is the key

Your brand on your vehicle is good, but we can make it better.  In order to be effective advertising, it should be simple and eye-catching with a clear message.   Your car graphics may look great up close, but how does it look from a distance? If the viewer can’t easily identify the message or your brand the wrap is not effective.  Many types of vehicle graphics include window coverage.  We use a 50/50 perforated vinyl for window graphics that look great on the outside and allows you to see through the glass.   On average you will get a glance from the viewer.   The designers at Specialty Graphic Solutions work with clients from Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR and all over SW Washington.

Materials and Cost

What is used to wrap a vehicle?  Using premium cast vinyl’s we are able to ”wrap” an entire car, panel van or larger vehicle. There is a wide range of colors and finishes available including custom printed designs. Our fully removable vehicle wrap gives your car a completely new look with the flexibility to change the graphic or easily remove it completely. We can custom wrap your entire vehicle or only specific panels or windows. Our high-quality wrap materials and installation ensure the same appearance and surface texture as a regular paint finish. In addition, the film acts as a shield and guards the paint against chips, abrasions, and weathering to preserve your cars future value.

How much does a wrap cost?  The biggest question and the most difficult to answer is what is a ball-park price for a truck wrap, car wrap, trailer wrap and etc?   Pricing can vary from $150 for simple vinyl lettering and custom vinyl logo to thousands of dollars to fully wrap a large box truck or bus.  The majority of full wraps are between $2,500 and $3,500.  There are so many variables that the best thing to do is bring your vehicle by.  We will take pictures and measurements and give you estimate that is on home plate, not just the ballpark.  Remember, a quality wrap by a professional company like Specialty Graphic Solutions will last on average 3.5 years and if it is seen by only 250 people per day your advertising cost is about a penny per impression.

The Mighty Sign Makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions will help you get noticed!  Let’s Get Started!



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.

Creative Ideas for Signs and Graphics

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Colorful acrylic letters on frosted acrylic and stand-offs on brick wall

10 Tips That Lead To Creative Sign Ideas

Creative ideas for signs don’t happen by accident.  The Mighty Sign Makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions show you how to best work with your sign company to generate creative sign ideas and out-of-this-world graphics.  Contact us now for a free initial consultation, but before you do, read this post!

Signs and graphics don’t have to be complicated.  In fact, we make the process quick, easy and virtually painless!  The key to creative signs is communication and information.  Here are 1o tips you can use for creative sign ideas.

Be prepared to answer questions

  • Sign makers are terrible mind readers.  They will ask for your contact information.  Not to flood you with unwanted communication, they need it to set you up in their estimate and quoting system.  If your boss asks you to find out how much a sign costs try to get an idea of what the boss is thinking.

The more details you can provide the better

  • Saying I need a creative sign doesn’t give us much to go on.   What type of sign?  Where will it go?  How large?  What materials?  The Mighty Sign Makers ask more questions than most sign companies.  What is it you want the sign to do?  We are the experts and know of many different ways to achieve your goal.

It’s a big ballpark

  • “I just need a ballpark price” makes sign companies cringe.  Think of it like this.  You want to go to a pro football game so you call the box office and say I’d like a ballpark price on a ticket.  They will say it varies from $50 to $5,000 depending on where you want to sit.  Same for signs.  It’s anywhere from $100 to $10,000 or more depending on what you want.

Have a budget

  • A reputable sign company uses your budget to make sure they can offer you the best solution.  A range is fine.  We would love to sell you the most expensive option if that is what you need but the best solution may be less.  They will give you options that fit your budget.  Think of it like this.  You are in the market for a new house.  If you can’t tell the real estate agent a price range they have no idea what to show you.  It makes no sense to show you million dollar homes when you really need a condo.  Keep in mind that after you start looking at options your budget may change.

Learn a little lingo.

  • Sign designers will throw out a lot of strange words.  What type of art do you have, vector or raster?  Is it a dot AI or dot EPS File?  Calendared or Cast vinyl?  Do you have a Pantone color code?  Our Sign Terminology page has a 150 of the most common translations without the technical mumbo-jumbo.

Pictures help a lot!

  • If you see something you like, take a picture.  A picture doesn’t say a thousand words.  We see it and say Ah-ha!  I understand what you are looking for.  If you have a vehicle, bring it in.  Designers are worse mind readers than sign makers.  Our gallery is a great place to start.  See the links below.

Ask questions

  • If you don’t understand anything along the way please ask!  Communication is critical.    There are considerably more options available today so don’t be afraid to ask questions.  The best creative sign ideas often happen well into the creative process.

Be specific

  • Once the design process starts you need to give the designer very specific instructions.  Most companies will do a couple of proofs as part of the job.  Tell the designer what you do and don’t like about the design and why.  The more information up front means fewer changes which can drive up your cost if you are not specific.

Listen

  • The design is just part of the process.  A good sign company will be thinking past the design to production.  They have the expertise to identify potential problems and should be able to tell you why something won’t work AND suggest changes that will work.

Call or Stop By

  • The Mighty Sign Makers are great collaborators!  Two heads are better than one.  Creative Ideas for Signs and Creative Sign Ideas for businesses!


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.

Push Thru Sign for Legacy 6

By | Truck Lettering, Uncategorized, USDOT Lettering
push through acrylic lit sign with brushed aluminum

Push thru signs use a solid piece of acrylic that is routed into letters then inserted into the sign face.  In this case, we used clear acrylic letters with a translucent green vinyl to give the sign the glow.  The number 6 in the logo is clear acrylic with a brushed aluminum laminate face.  This creates a halo-lit effect for just that element.  The sign itself is a lighted cabinet.  The led strip lights inside create a very even light distribution.  The face of the cabinet had the same letters routed out so the acrylic letters can ‘push thru’.

Legacy 6 Construction takes great pride in their logo and lighted push thru signs create a modern look in their office lobby.  The first impression some customers get is your business lobby.  A lighted lobby sign like the one here is unique and eye-catching.

conference room back lit sign green legacy 6


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.

F-series truck with custom logo and text stickers bella terra

How To Display DOT Numbers On Your Company Vehicles

By | Fleet Graphics, Truck Lettering, Uncategorized, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos
Example of DOT Numbers Size

Do I Need USDOT Numbers On My Commercial Vehicles?

 

Currently, 37 states require commercial vehicles to display DOT numbers.  For some reason, it is really hard to find out how to properly display them on your truck.  Fortunately, The Mighty Sign Makers have got your (DOT) number.  Here’s the short version:

DOT numbers must be located on the cab door or just to the right of the door when facing the cab.  The number must be on both the driver and passenger sides.  Colors must “contrast sharply” with background colors and be large enough to be seen from a minimum distance of 50 feet during daylight hours when the vehicle is stationary.   – Source Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (FMVSA)

Our letter visibility chart shows that 2 inches, or taller, lettering is visible from 50 feet.

Seems simple enough.  Most companies use block letters but a fancier font can be used as long as the writing is legible.  The vast majority of companies use long-lasting vinyl lettering for vehicle lettering.  The lettering is typically in white or black but it can be any color as long as there is a sharp contrast with the color of the vehicle.  If you run with a lot of chrome, the lettering can be chrome as long as it contrasts.  Since the vehicle is new, newly painted, or new to you, we suggest that you add your company contact information, and logo at the same time.

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Kone Crane Commercial truck with DOT Numbers

Information to display?

According to the Motor Carriers Guide to Improve Highway Safety, Vehicle Identification (390.21), every commercial motor vehicle operated by a motor carrier in interstate commerce must be marked, on BOTH sides of the vehicle, with the following:

  • The motor carrier’s name or trade name
  • The motor carrier’s identification number, preceded by “US DOT”
  • The size, shape and color markings must be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters are placed
  • The lettering must be readily legible during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet.

What else should you put on the sides of your vehicle?  Your truck is one of the public faces of your company.  Use it to promote your company with logos, taglines, contact information, and phone or website.

What are the USDOT Number requirements?

Now we are getting into regulations which can change so you shouldn’t rely solely on the Mighty Sign Makers’ blog post.  Just about every state has adopted the FMCSA rules which require all interstate carriers and intrastate carriers need to have US DOT numbers.  Both Washington and Oregon follow the FMCSA guidelines.  According to the FMCSA website, you are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

  • Is used to transport the types and quantities of hazardous materials requiring a safety permit in intrastate commerce (see 49 CFR 385.403).

OR

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation

AND is involved in Interstate Commerce:

Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States—

  • Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States);
  • Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or
  • Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.

What about displaying Operating Authority (MC number)?

If you are required to have an MC number then the display requirements are the same as the DOT number.

Where do I go to get high-quality numbers, lettering, and logos?

At Specialty Graphic Solutions we only use the highest quality materials that are designed for long life during outdoor automotive use.  We use 3M, Avery and Oracal vinyl which we feel are the best products on the market.  The Mighty Sign Makers can install the graphics for a professional look.  Why use a company like Specialty Graphic Solutions?  Because we care about our customers and their needs and we do things right the first time.  About 80% of our business is repeat or referral.  We are particularly good at working with fleets of vehicles.

Black truck cab with company stickers and DOT Numbers on door


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.

Corporate values wall display with qoutes for Permacold portland or

Corporate Values and Company Mission Statements

By | Dimensional Letter Signs, Inside Signs, Interior Signs, Lobby Signs, Uncategorized, Wall Graphics, Wall Murals, Walls Graphics

A corporate values display for a wall showcases what your company believes.  Every company has unique values.  A core values display can take many forms and should be unique to each company. Once your company establishes its mission statement, values or just some words that stand for your company beliefs, the Mighty Sign Makers will display it in all of its glory!

Display your values proudly

A wall display is ideal because it keeps those words front and center.  A core values display doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  The Mighty Sign Makers have done some really awesome wall graphics using cut vinyl.  One of our most popular projects is the Permafrost Corporate Values display.  We used multiple frosted vinyl panels that float off the wall each with a value done in white lettering.  Bright, brushed aluminum, 3-d lettering really brings the display together nicely.

The Value of Values

When selecting values that represent your organization, it is easy to fall into the standard values trap.  For example, look at these values:  Communication. Respect. Integrity. Excellence.   Pretty good ones, right?  These are from Enron.  Remember them?  It doesn’t do much good to have words like these if they don’t represent the way your company operates.  In their defense, Greed, Lies, and Deceit don’t really look good as a corporate values display in the lobby.  At Specialty Graphic Solutions we take our company values very seriously.  We call it our Manifesto.

Mighty Sign Maker Manifesto

We know these things to be true:
  • Creative Thinking Builds A Better Mouse Trap
    • Step outside the box to open up new possibilities for design,
      materials, processes and problem-solving.
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One
    • Communicate, collaborate and be a great team player with other
      employees, customers, suppliers and our community.
  • Little Things Make A Big Difference
    • Sweat all the individual little details that make each project unique
      and successful.
  • Responsibility Is Nothing To Fear
    • Take the reins & make things happen. Own your choices, your
      mistakes, AND your successes!
  • Sustainability Is More Than Just-Recycling
    • Use all our resources wisely – materials, people & time – to create a
      healthy future for our company and our community.
  • Great Service Is Personal
    • Know our customers and their individual needs. That’s how we can
      focus our efforts to solve THEIR specific problems.

The difference between a company like Enron and Specialty Graphic Solutions, other than the obvious: we are still in business, is really believing in our corporate values.  It is critical that everyone in your company from the senior executives down to the most important people punching the time clock all believe and live those values.  A corporate values display is a great way to show your people and the world what your organization lives and breathes.

At Specialty Graphic Solutions the Mighty Sign Makers we work by our manifesto.  We know that any of our customers can look at those words and know we walk the walk.

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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.

Corporate values wall display with qoutes for Permacold portland or
Corporate Values Display on wall


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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Reverse laser cut aluminum letters and logo lobby sign

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Lobby signs mean business.  Cut metal logo and metal raised letters for Cedar Mountain Advisors. Their logo was challenging because they wanted it 3D to stand off from the wall but the image has a lot of fine detail.  We took a little bit of fine detail out and put it through a laser cutter.  If you look closely you can see that it is a tree and the outline of mountains.  The metal raised letters for this lobby sign project were also laser cut for the perfect lobby sign!

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The Beach Babes Are Ready To Run With Custom Signs

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint! For the Beach Babes, they wanted some fun special event signs for their half marathon to mark distances and provide encouragement to participants. It would have been easy just to have plain signs with a number on them. But, the Beach Babes wanted to go the extra mile and got in touch with us.

Their marker signs let people know how much more they had to go. And the custom signs displayed encouraging messages and reminded participants of the important things – like remembering to stay hydrated.

The signs also doubled as a way for Beach Babes to thank partners for sponsoring the race and advertised their presence. Plus, the bright colors and different messaging meant it was something fun for runners to look for along the course.



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 Signs

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There’s a lot of signs to consider when a business moved into a space – there’s door lettering, A-boards, blade signs. One that shouldn’t be overlooked is the lobby sign and what it can do for your business.

It can be easy to think of a lobby sign as bland and sterile but there are plenty of options and materials so your business can get noticed and make a visual statement. This is especially important if a business is located in a building that regulates exterior sign types. A lobby sign is a way to welcome people into a space and set it apart from others in the complex.

It isn’t uncommon for someone to be in a rush and walking on auto pilot and then wonder if they even ended up in the place they intended. A reception signs shows care and personalization to welcome customers and clients. Not to mention, it is a small move to make a big impact and spruce up plain walls.

 iQ shows members what their brand is about with bright photos and their mission. iQ shows members what their brand is about with bright photos and their mission.

For iQ Credit Union, their lobby sign is multipurpose. Their photo grid is a collage and also shows as a brand how they’re with their customers all throughout their lives. The photos of the iQ family extends beyond their employees and includes members.

 White letters paired with white backlight makes for a big impact. White letters paired with white backlight makes for a big impact.

Looking for something more on the sleek and simple side? For EFFY we created backlit letters. This let their logo shine bright and added a warm and welcoming accent lighting to their space.

Perhaps big and bold is more your style. Wall murals can make a big statement. At SGS HQ, we opted for photo of the Portland skyline to show off our place in the region. Even better – when we felt it was time to change up our look and spruce up the space, the graphic was easily removed from the wall and we had a fresh new canvas to start again.

Need some walls that can talk? Chat with the mighty sign makers of Specialty Graphic Solutions and get your free quote today. Big or small, we can tackle it.



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.

Let’s Wrap It Up

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Vehicle wraps are a great way to make yourself business known. It’s a pretty easy way to get eyes on your company and connect with customers. Even if you’re just parked at a busy grocery store while you run into grab dinner, that’s still putting your name out there and sticking in the back of someone’s mind.

What’s a vehicle wrap?

There’s three main kinds of wraps for your car that have different results because it’s all about area and application (we’ll get to that part later).

  • Cut logos and lettering:

This is the more basic and straightforward option that is great for a fleet of vehicles. You pick your color of vinyl and then our production staff places your text and logo and the design is sent to a machine that precisely cuts it into vinyl. We clear away the excess, also known as weeding, and then apply the lettering to the vehicle.

  • Perforated vinyl:

Perforated vinyl has small holes it in so visibility can be maintained when it is applied to glass. We can print on this material so there is more room for creative design compared to the cut vinyl option. This is a great way to utilize windows of a car but also create some shade and privacy as well.

  • Printed vinyl:

Need some color in your life? Printed vinyl is for you if you have dynamic graphics. We can put your logo large and bold on your vehicle. No need to worry about the elements, we laminate the graphics with a clear layer that helps protect the vinyl from sun bleaching and rain.

How do I wrap my car?

It’s easy. Call SGS and set up a free consultation. We’ll talk with you about what you need on your car to stand out. We’ll take some pictures, get some measurements and review your budget. Then, our graphic design maestros use the pictures of your vehicle and create mockups in Photoshop to show you different options and ideas and you approve your choice.

What kind of wrap do I want?

Well, that’s for you to decide but we are happy to talk options. If you need just basic contact information cut lettering is a good choice. Maybe you want to change up how your vehicle looks – so a partially wrapping your car with a new color and some printed graphics is what you need. Or if you want to go top to bottom makeover there is the full vehicle wrap. No curve can thwart the SGS team.

Can we wrap it? Yes we can. At SGS we are very acquainted with all kinds of vinyl. So contact us today for your 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.

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