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Vehicle Graphics

Vehicle Graphics for a “Kick-Ash” Company

By | Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering

Sometimes all you need to do to get noticed is to update your image. Whether it’s your wardrobe, your furniture or the fading decals on your company vehicle, making sure that you present yourself in the best light means keeping things looking fresh. When Adam Brown, owner of Top to Bottom Chimney Specialist in Vancouver Wash., needed to update the vehicle graphics on the windows of his Chevy Yukon, he called the Mighty Sign Makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions.

Adam already knew that vehicle graphics can make a major difference to your business, but it was time for an update. With a tagline as good as “We Kick Ash!” going on the windows, SGS knew we had to make Adam’s Chevy as awesome as we could.

Brand New Look

Instead of remaking the exact look of Adam’s original graphics, our expert team of graphic designers worked on new designs. After discussing things with Adam, our team printed a logo and text for the back three windows of Adam’s Yukon. Adam wanted red colored graphics and decided on a color gradient, which our digital printer renders perfectly for a richer and more noticeable result that was sure to turn heads of potential clients.

What We Did

Adam brought his Yukon over to the SGS headquarters and we had a look at what we were working with. First, we had to remove the old graphics from Adam’s windows. We needed to make sure that the new graphics looked as good as we could make them and bits of old decals would have looked pretty bad. After we removed the old graphics and the new designs were approved, cut and printed our professional team installed them at the SGS facilities.

With the name of the business, phone number and the big selling-point of senior and veteran discounts on the back of his SUV, wherever Adam goes in his Yukon, anyone and everyone will know that Top to Bottom Chimney Specialist “kick-ash”.

Bicycle Biker Gang: Vehicle Wraps for Vintage iQ Credit Union Bikes

By | Unique Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Wrap

Picture your childhood summers. Now picture better, imaginary childhood summers like the ones you see in movies and on television. Were the kids in your imagined vision riding bikes on suburban streets? Did the bikes look modern or did they have that wide handlebar, red and white, 1950’s look? Vehicle Wraps for Bikes make your dreams come true.

If you had a crummy bike with a chain that kept popping off when you were a kid you probably feel a little peeved when you see those movies where the kid is riding one of those beautiful retro bikes and then drops it onto the sidewalk like a heap of scrap. You probably thought you’d treat that bike better, you’d give it the respect it deserves, but you knew you’d never have one because they probably stopped making them. Lucky for you, they did not. And what’s better, we can make them look even cooler.

Vehicle Wraps for Vintage Bikes

Recently, iQ Credit Union, based in Vancouver Wash., got in touch with us. They bought 19 replica 1952 Columbia Cruiser bikes for a promotional event and they wanted to add a bit of their brand to the bikes with a few vinyl vehicle wraps. Before we go further let’s be clear; these are THE bikes. The ones you think of if you combine the words “childhood” and “vintage.” They even come with a headlight. The kind that’s shaped like a bullet. Who wouldn’t want that?

The unabashed awesomeness of this project meant we didn’t hesitate to get involved.

The Process

The bikes arrived in boxes. We scrambled to get them open. They were partially unassembled. No big deal for the Mighty Sign Makers, we figured we’d have them together in a few minutes. Then we found out bikes in 1952 had a LOT of parts. We began the assembly and felt for all the dads back in the 1950s who had to quietly put a bike together on Christmas Eve.

The next step was removing the gas tank, chain guard and both fenders. Taking apart a bike is much easier than putting one together. Once we them all off, we wrapped these pieces in the familiar red and black plaid of iQ Credit Union, digitally printed on premium cast wrap vinyl. When we were finished with the wraps, we reassembled the bikes. They looked awesome.

Not Done Yet

Just before they picked up the bikes, the client got in touch. They asked if we could fill the tires. The thought of taking 19 bikes to a gas station air pump had crossed their mind, so they wanted to see if we could do it. 38 tires on 19 bikes. No air compressor or air pump. Of course, we said yes. The Mighty Sign Makers love a challenge. Just as we got ready to inflate them by mouth, someone arrived with a borrowed air compressor and we got all 38 tires full of air.

The client arrived to pick up the bikes. He congratulated us on a job well done, said the bikes looked “swell” and took one for a test drive.

Things to Avoid With Vehicle Lettering and Logos

By | Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos

Vehicle graphics are pretty awesome. They do a lot of work for your business at an affordable price and they’re always building you brand on the road, at job sites and in your parking lot. If you use vehicles in your business, it just makes sense to invest in these products. Vehicle letters and logos are one of the simpler types of vehicle graphic options that we offer at SGS. But that doesn’t mean they’re not some of the best signage out there. These graphics can convey any message you need, but there are some rules you should stick to with vehicle lettering and logos. Here is some mighty advice from the Mighty Sign Makers on what not to do with your vehicle lettering and logos:

Teeny-Tiny Letters and Images

There’s a reason road signs have big lettering. Anyone passing by must be able to read the message on them comfortably. The same goes for your vehicle graphics. Don’t cause a fender bender as people struggle to read the information on your vehicle.  You need graphics of a certain size. Large enough to be read at a distance and while on the move, but also small enough to fit on your vehicle. In other words, you need mighty lettering and logos to get noticed by your target audience without causing a traffic accident.

Bad Placement

The size and shape of some vehicles can be very different. If you have a lot of curves and slants on the back of your vehicle, this may not be the best place to put your most important information. If you put your name and number on a harshly slanted rear window, it’s prime target will be helicopters and passing birds. That’s why you need a professional team like the Mighty Sign Makers to help you find the perfect place to put your contact information and name.

Way Too Much Information

Writing a whole paragraph about your business and your ideals on the back of your truck or van is not going to have a positive effect on your business. Unless you operate a food truck and want to put your menu on your vehicle, keeping the information in your graphics to the bare minimum is important to get the most out of your mobile billboard. People can’t stop and read your company’s history on the side of your van while doing 65 on the highway. What they can do is read your name, get a good look at your logo and read that you specialize in a certain service. It’s best to say a lot with a little when it comes to vehicle graphics. Too much information on your vehicles leads to distracted driving.

Mighty Professionals

Our team at Specialty Graphic Solutions are experts. We’ll help you find the perfect way to make an impact with your vehicle lettering and logos. We know what works and what doesn’t, so we’ll help you find a mighty solution to your vehicle signage problems.

Barnhart Goes Big with a Vehicle Wrap

By | Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Wrap

With a family business, you usually think small: a “mom-and-pop” on the corner, something like that. Barnhart, a rigging and heavy lift company, began that way. Founded as a family-owned business in 1969 in Memphis, Tenn., Barnhart is now one of the largest Heavy Lift and Heavy Transport companies in the U.S. with 40 branches throughout the nation. Despite their massive growth, Barnhart is still a family-run business. So, when their Portland, Ore. branch needed a vehicle wrap for their sixteen-foot cargo trailer the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions were happy to do business with them.  Cargo Trailer Wraps Are One Of Our Specialties.

What They Needed

One of the major purposes of a vehicle wrap is to advertise your business on the move. When you’re going to and from job sites, a vehicle wrap can increase the visibility of your brand, but it also labels your work. As your vehicles leave a job well-done, you’re showing people the work you do and your name. Barnhart knew this when they contacted us.

Barnhart had recently bought a new job trailer. They use this trailer to haul rigging gear to and from their job sites. Instead of wasting the space on their sixteen-foot trailer, they wanted to make sure that they were using it to advertise and market their business.

What We Did

First, we took a look at what we were working with. We discussed our options with Barnhart and they decided to go with a full wrap for their trailer with a simple blueprint design that really represented the attention to detail and effort they put into their work.

Next, we got to work. Using our large format printer, we made a full-color digital print wrap with gloss overlaminate. We printed on premium cast wrap vinyl with matching laminate to ensure the best possible materials were going on Barnhart’s trailer.

Last was the included installation of their vehicle wrap. They brought the trailer over to the SGS facility and we put the graphics onto the canvas. Our technicians are precise and we had the trailer looking perfect when the Barnhart team came to pick it up. The awesome thing is that those graphics went to work even as they drove the trailer back to their Portland branch.

If you want to utilize your vehicles to their fullest potential, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for a free consultation.

RV Wraps Any Way You Get Around, We’ll Make It Look Good

By | Unique Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Wrap

Every business has its unique set of tools. The carpenter doesn’t use the same tools as the editor. The chef doesn’t use the same tools as the plumber (hopefully). Some trades use vehicles in their everyday processes and tasks. Not every trade that uses vehicles uses the same vehicles.  RV Wraps.

The vehicles you use in your business should reflect you and your business. The vehicles you use at home should say something about you. Vehicle wraps are a great way to add that touch of personalization, but what do you do when the vehicle you use does not fit the traditional form of car, truck or van?

There are a lot of places that offer vehicle wraps and decals. To them, vehicle means cars, vans, and trucks. That’s not what vehicle means to us. Your business has specific needs and specific tools to fulfill those needs. Not everyone uses a car in their business. You might want a boat, forklift, golf cart, or RV customized to fit your style. At Specialty Graphic Solutions, we’ve done wraps and decals for all of those.

Don’t Limit Yourself

If you want to make your forklift look pretty, we can help. If you want people to remember your name as they leap out of the way of your company golf cart, we can help. If you want to show people what truly lies at the heart of you with a picture of your parakeet on your RV, we can help.

There are more than just cars out there. You shouldn’t be limited to just making your cars cool. There are businesses that don’t use a fleet of trucks, they use fleets of golf carts or forklifts. There’s no need for you branding to be limited because you can pick stuff up and put it down with your vehicle. Even if you don’t have wheels, that shouldn’t stop you from making your tools marketing. You can put an awesome decal or wrap on a boat you use in your business or organization.

Specialty Graphic Solutions

We like to step outside of the norm at Specialty Graphics Solutions. We want to give you great signs that work for you. We don’t mind if you need those signs to work on a boat, car, trucks or covered wagon, we can help you with your branding needs. Your business is unique so we offer unique solutions.

Boost Brand Power with Work Van Graphics for Your Ford Transit!

By | Vehicle Graphics

Let’s talk about how you can Boost Brand Power with Work Van Graphics for Your Ford Transit!

Let’s face it: most kids have terrible taste in food. In fact, you know those Happy Meals that kids everywhere crave? Not even mold will eat Happy Meals. Also, allergies are all the rage in the Pacific Northwest. Some of us are even allergic to Christmas trees, but did you know that it’s actually the mold in these trees that cause the allergic reaction?

Why do we know all of these random facts about mold that have nothing to do with signs? Well, it has a lot to do with how good of listeners we are when clients like MoldEaters call us up for van graphics. Let’s take a closer look at this upstanding company and how we helped them!

MoldEaters? That Doesn’t Sound Appetizing

With locations on Northeast 117th Avenue in Vancouver and Southwest 50th Avenue in Portland, MoldEaters take care of a big problem that area homeowners face: mold. Their services include mold remediation, mold inspection, mold removal, and much more. Their goals are to help their clients stay healthy and to help protect homes from the damaging effects of mold, harsh chemicals, and moisture. They keep updated on the latest mold news so that they can provide the newest services that will identify and remove mold problems permanently and safely.

When such a moldy enterprise contacted us for van graphics for mold removal companies, we were hesitant at versus. Some of us weren’t up to date on our shots, and we didn’t even know if shots would help us against molds. Fortunately, there was no mold involved in this process. MoldEaters just wanted attention-grabbing graphics. And, rather than going to an old, moldy sign maker, they contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for bright and fresh ideas to get noticed.

We Fed MoldEaters Van Graphics

Whenever we’re going to install graphics, we like to get a good look at the vehicle we’ll be working with. At this time, we also talked to MoldEaters about what sorts of graphics they wanted for their new 2017 Ford Transit van. They already had a logo that would make you smile, and the artwork was ready to go. They just needed us to print and install the graphics.

First, we started with a massive 48” by 405” sheet of 135 SF Premium 3M Cast Wrap Print Vinyl. We used our large format printers to render the full-color digital graphics. We then added a gloss overlaminate to ensure the graphics would look their best for many years to come. Next, we scheduled a time when MoldEaters could be without the van for a few hours, so we could take our time installing the graphics to make sure we did it just right.

In the end, MoldEaters was completely satisfied with the job we did. Now, as they drive around their service area, they expose consumers to their brand and get everyone thinking about what mold tastes like.

Want to create a buzz around your brand? Contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free consultation on work van graphics for your Ford Transit.

Brand with Vehicle Graphics for Day Care Centers in Ridgefield WA!

By | Vehicle Graphics

If you’re a decent person, you probably don’t want people in your vehicle to get seriously injured. And, unless you’re some sort of weirdo, you’re not really into getting into car accidents. So, why on earth would you ever cover your windows with vehicle graphics? You’ll discover the answer to this and more as you read about why Mitzi’s Place Day Care called up Specialty Graphic Solutions for vehicle graphics for day care centers in Ridgefield, WA.

What’s a “Mitzi”?

Mitzi is the owner of Mitzi’s Place Day Care. They’ve been serving the areas in and around Ridgefield for nearly a decade now. They’re licensed by the state and offer care for children of all ages, including infants. Some of our mighty sign makers can act like kids sometimes, but Mitzi’s Place doesn’t cater to adult children.

When an organization that does so much to help out busy parents came to us for vehicle graphics for day care centers in Ridgefield, WA, we were more than happy to lend a hand. Mitzi’s Place wanted to step up their marketing. Rather than outfitting the kids under their care with t-shirts featuring their branding and letting them loose in the wild, they thought it’d be a better idea to add vehicle graphics to their SUV. Fortunately, they contacted the right sign shop for the job.

The Mitzi Not-so-Bitsy Graphics

As always, our first step in the vehicle graphics process was to meet with the client and check out their ride. Mitzi’s Place had a big Ford Excursion that they used to transport precious cargo: other people’s kids. At first, when we recommended that they install window graphics, they thought we were crazy. Sure, we’re a bit crazy, but in this case, we recommended perforated vinyl that would still allow the driver to see out with high visibility. Plus, it would cut down on the amount of direct sunlight the kids would get, and people wouldn’t be able to look in at them.

The client soon began to see the benefits of these graphics, and once they approved the mockups we provided them with featuring the artwork they provided, we got down to work.

We used 50/50 perforated vinyl. This means that 50 percent of the surface area is made up of small holes. The graphics were printed directly onto the vinyl, and we applied an optically clear laminate to serve as a force field against the Pacific Northwest weather. Once it was ready, we scheduled a time to install the window perf when Mitzi’s Place could be without their car for a few hours. We installed the perforated vinyl on the side and back windows.

Overall, we completed the layout, printing, and installation in-house. The client was completely satisfied with the work we did. Now, as they travel the roads of Southwest Washington, they’ll boost their branding and attract new customers.

Are you ready to turn your company cars into your top marketing tools? If so, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free quote!

Above & Beyond Hydroseed Shines with Fleet Vehicle Graphics!

By | Fleet Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering | No Comments

Did you know that using black electrical tape to spell out your business’s name on your work trucks may not be the brand-building tool you thought it would be? It’s true. At best, you can hope that people just won’t see your bootleg vehicle graphics. At worst, it’ll hurt your business.

Sure, you may not go to this extreme of cheapness, but even using standard vehicle lettering isn’t enough to get your name out there these days. You need something more attention-grabbing. That’s exactly what Above & Beyond Hydroseed was looking for when they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for equipment graphics in Ridgefield, WA.

The 4-1-1 on Above & Beyond Hydroseed

Headquartered on Northeast 175th Street in Ridgefield, Above & Beyond Hydroseed is a far-out business that delivers personalized customer care and exceptional results (just like SGS!), whether they’re working on improvements to a homeowner’s front yard or providing landscaping for a 400-unit housing development. Founded fifteen years ago by Valerie and John Dewezt, they’re the hydroseed, erosion, and drainage experts.

When an organization that does so much to keep local homes and businesses looking their best came to us for fleet vehicle graphics in Ridgefield, WA, we hit the ground running. Above & Beyond had a couple of new vehicles they’d recently added to their fleet: a Ford F350 Quad Chassis Cab and the Finn hydroseeder trailer. If you guessed it was the T75 model, you’d be correct. They wanted to outfit both of their rigs with their branding and contact info. Fortunately, they contacted the right pros for the job.

We Went the Extra Mile for Above & Beyond

As we start every project, we met with Above & Beyond to chat with them about what they had in mind for their graphics. At this time, we also checked out their vehicles. The Ford F350 was easier because we had templates for it. The hydroseed trailer was a different story. Our mighty sign makers noted the contours of the trailer and mapped out its measurements. Based on the vehicles and the client’s vision, we created a number of art proofs for Above & Beyond. Once they approved of the vehicle graphic designs, we got down to work.

We digitally printed the vehicle graphics in full color using our state of the art large format printer. If you look closely, you can clearly see that we used Oracal 3165 RA gloss vinyl with the Oracal 310 gloss protective laminate to ensure the graphics would look their best far into the future (or about five years). Once the graphics were ready, we scheduled a time to install them when Above & Beyond could be without their truck and trailer for a little while. We’ve tried installing graphics while vehicles are on the move, and it just ends up being messy.

In the end, Above & Beyond was completely thrilled with the job we did. Now, as they make their way from one jobsite to the next, they’re exposing their branding to every Tom, Dick, and Harry they pass by.

Want your fleet to look its best? Contact SGS today for a free quote!

Going to the Dogs: Vehicle Graphics for Mobile Dog Groomers!

By | Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Wrap | No Comments
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Small business owners are the backbone of America, but marking your territory in the business world takes a good portion – if not all – of your cunning. Smart entrepreneurs are increasingly outfitting their company vehicles with graphics to increase their exposure. Soapy Dogs wanted to put their paw prints all over the pet grooming market in Northwest Oregon, so they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for vehicle graphics for mobile dog groomers.

The Low Down on Soapy Dog

Based in Gresham, Soapy Dog is a mobile pet grooming company owned by Tank and Tiffany Wright. A lifelong Gresham resident, Tank is a certified groomer in the State of Oregon and a member of the American Groomer’s Association. They provide a long list of grooming services, including brushing, main trimming, ear cleaning, ear plucking, warm baths, paw trimming, gland expression, haircuts, treatment for dry skin, teeth brushing, flea and tick treatments, de-matting, and bikini waxes. Okay, we may have made up that last one, but you get the point: they do everything!

When a business that does so much for local furry friends came to us for vehicle graphics for mobile dog groomers, we jumped at the chance to be of assistance. You see, mobile dog washing is one hot industry today. Clients are willing to pay a premium for a professional pet service to come to them and provide grooming service. Soapy Dog needed a way to get a leg up on the competition by getting their name out there. Fortunately, we had just the solution.

SGS Did a Doggone Good Job

Our first step was to meet with a dog. Beanz the Boston Terrier is one of two dogs owned by the Wrights, and Beanz is the inspiration for their logo. They wanted to incorporate their logo and contact information into their attention-grabbing graphics. We put our mighty sign makers on the job and created a mock-up of what their mobile unit could look like. They loved the design, so we got down to work on it!

We printed the graphics on top-quality vinyl films with high-contrast color for added visibility. You can see how the blue pops out against the white van. And, since the van is going to be the primary source of advertising for the client, we also made the telephone and website stand out. Once the graphics were all printed, we added an overlaminate to ensure they would look their best for years to come.

Next, we scheduled a time to install the wrap when the mobile unit wouldn’t be full of adorable pups. We worked quickly but carefully. We wanted to get Soapy dog back on the road as soon as possible, but we refuse to compromise on quality. In the end, the Wrights loved the job we did. Now, they’re exposing their branding to tens of thousands of consumers each day as they travel the roads of Northwest Oregon.

Soapy Dog isn’t the only business we serve. If you’re situated in or around Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR, we can help you boost your brand awareness and drive sales. Contact SGS today for a free consultation!

Van Graphics for Mobile Service Businesses in Vancouver WA!

By | Van Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

We’re not here to shame anyone, but there are virtually no situations where it’s okay to be naked in public. The only exception we can think of is if you’re a bear trying to steal picnic baskets. And, even then, you should have a hat and tie on. So, why do businesses let their company vehicles go around naked as the day they left the manufacturing plant? When you tastefully clothe your work trucks you promote your business while you drive. Craftworx realized this. That’s why they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for Ford Transit Connect van graphics in Vancouver, WA.

The Lowdown on Craftworx

No, Craftworx isn’t a ‘70s German electronic music band. It’s a mobile marine service company run by Nick Orr. They’re a fairly new enterprise and don’t have an online presence yet, so they rely heavily on word of mouth to attract customers who need help with fixing their boats and other nautical machinery.

When a business that does so much to keep local captains afloat came to us for van graphics for mobile service businesses in Vancouver, WA, we had to say, “Aye aye!” Without an Internet presence or physical location, Craftworx needed a way to attract new clients. They regularly traveled to job sites in their Ford Transit Connect van and figured the van could help get the word out. Fortunately, they contacted the right mighty sign makers!

We Went to Work for Craftworx

Our process is pretty simple. We first scheduled a time for Nick to bring his van around to SGS, so we could get a good look at it, take measurements, and do a little photo shoot. The van had camera skills that would impress Tyra Banks. We then got a vector version of Craftworx’s new logo from Nick. We had everything we needed to do an awesome job.

We first created a basic, professional design incorporating all of the info Craftworx wanted: their logo, phone number, and email address. Next, we cut and prepped the graphics in our shop. We then scheduled a time when Nick could drop his van off for a few hours. When he got back, his mobile advertisement was ready for the roads. Now, instead of a naked van, he’s exposing his brand using van graphics.

Why You Should Consider Vehicle Graphics

The best thing about these graphics is that they work for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week for several years. For example, let’s make a conservative estimate that your graphics last for three years (most last much longer than that). If you spend $500 for your vehicle graphics, that means you’ll have spent less than 50 cents per day over the lifespan of the graphics. That’s less than the change you scrape together from your car’s dashboard to pay for half an hour of parking at a meter downtown.  

Are you ready to have your company vehicles market and brand your enterprise? If so, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for a free consultation and quote on vehicle graphics!