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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.

Rain or Shine – Window Graphics That Pop in Portland

By | Window Graphics

Bikes are serious business. Especially in Portland, Oregon a city that is rated as being the best in the nation as bicycle friendly town. Roughly 7% of Portlanders commute to work via bike compare to the national average of just .5%. (Check out even more nifty facts here.) Henry James Bicycles knows how serious the biking business is and got in touch with us to create multipurpose window graphics at their busy shop.

For Henry James, the window graphics were going to create a half wall, be an entrance sign, and create a sense of privacy for their business. Their roll up glass door had some panes they wanted to fill in with some opaque panels, but they still wanted a nice and unique look to grab the eyes of people passing by. They also wanted to put graphics on their door as well.

Our team got out the tape measures and took the dimensions of all the glass panels we would be putting graphics on. For the roll up door, Jason our design wizard then took a photographic image carefully cut it up into nine rectangles to be sure everything looked smoother and not distorted because of the window frames. It took a careful eye because there were two different sizes for the panes but all together the look is flawless.

 Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics.  Window framing adds to the look of these awesome graphics.

The door also features the address in a nice crisp font that is easily readable from the street. We printed this out on an opaque grey backed vinyl and added a UV coating so it could stand up to the elements even better. The SGS team loves the grey-backed vinyl because it does a great job to filter out some and create privacy as well. So Henry James gets to enjoy the sun, just not at full strength.

For the door, we did the same thing, except we didn’t need nine pieces. Instead, it was just one measurement and making sure the website dress and phone number were placed above the handle so that didn’t slice through the design. Just how do these go on so smoothly? The adhesive on the vinyl is in a pattern with a tiny little channel that means air bubbles can be pushed out. With a steady hand in sweeping motions, the mighty sign makers ensure that there are no flaws and that the graphics are really stuck to the surface so not even the harshest Portland rains can make them slip. In the end, Henry James Bicycles has new windows to create security but also double as large sign to show off their space.

Glass door with full color graphics henry james Open for business!

Does your business need window graphics that can do more? Talk to the team at Specialty Graphic Solutions. Drop us a line at hello@sgsgraphic or call us at 360-635-5556 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.

We Can Help with Window Graphics and Frosting in Vancouver WA

By | Frosted Vinyl Windows, Window Graphics | No Comments

If window graphics were to choose a song to sing at a local karaoke bar, they’d probably go with “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Sure, we all know that window graphics prefer soul music, but they’d mostly choose the song because you really ought to know about window graphics by now. We’re not giving up hope, though. We think you can still know about them. That’s why we wrote today’s blog about window graphics and frosting in Vancouver, WA.

Window Graphics: Getting Back to the Basics

At their most basic, window graphics – also referred to as window wraps, decals, lettering, and stickers – consist of images and text printed on top-quality vinyl using our state of the art digital printer. There are a number of variations on this theme. For instance, window cling has a low-tack adhesive that makes it repositionable and removable. And, perforated window vinyl consists of thousands of tiny holes that allow you to see through the vinyl without having to send away for those cool X-ray specs.

If you think that window graphics are only able to display your business name, we sincerely hope you have someone else doing the creative thinking for your organization. They’re regularly the first chance you have to educate, market, and inform consumers about what you have for sale.

Where My Math Nerds at?

Let’s take a moment to look at the numbers. FedEx recently conducted a study where they found that more than three-quarters of consumers have gone into a store they’d never visited before because they had sweet window graphics, banners, or signs that grabbed their attention.

The same study also revealed the dark side of poor signage. In fact, 52 percent of shoppers who spot a poorly-made or misspelled sign will avoid a store. Fortunately, our mighty sign makers have foolproof systems in place to make sure your graphics look cooler than the other side of the pillow.

What about the Frosting?

Whereas your standard window graphics feature colorful, high-resolution photos or other images, frosting was a popular way of lightening the tips of your hair in the ‘90s. Um, my supervisor is telling me that we’re supposed to talk about window frosting, also known as etched vinyl or frosted vinyl window graphics. These products use vinyl films to mimic the look of etched glass.

Frosted vinyl is ideal for modern offices that have tons of interior windows. For example, have you ever been in a meeting and had your coworkers kind of just staring through the windows to see what was going on? You could moon them, but if you’re meeting with a client, that could be a turn-off or a turn-on. Either way, it’s bad news bears. Instead, use frosted vinyl to add a level of privacy. We can even incorporate your logo into the etched vinyl to give your branding a little boost.

This was just a primer on window graphics and frosting in Vancouver, WA. So, if you have more questions, we won’t make fun of you. We’re more than happy to help! Contact Specialty Graphic Solutions today for a free consultation!

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.

What Can You Do with Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics in Vancouver WA?

By | Frosted Vinyl Windows, Window Graphics | No Comments

This blog entry would be a lot shorter if the question was “What can’t you do with frosted vinyl window graphics in Vancouver, WA?” About the only thing we’ve been able to come up with is that frosted vinyl window graphics probably can’t get Brad and Angelina back together, no matter how hard we try.

But enough about the important current events, how much would you pay a professional glass etcher to etch your glass if a professional glass etcher could etch glass? This isn’t a quaint riddle when you’re shelling out thousands of dollars for that distinguished look. Fortunately, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions have a tool up their sleeves that can give you this look at a fraction of the cost of bringing in a glass worker.

What Are Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics?

Also referred to as etched vinyl, frosted vinyl window graphics are basically a hot new vinyl film that’s designed to mimic etched glass. This adhesive film is designed to work on glass doors, windows, mirrors, and more. While you may already be excited and calling us up for this vinyl, please let us finish. You may be interested in knowing that we can even incorporate your branding into these graphics using our precise plotter.

Uses for Frosted Vinyl Window Graphics

For those of you who have no clue why anyone would ever want frosted vinyl, we’ve put together these useful ideas:

Hide Your Dirty Secrets

Okay, so you don’t need to have dirty secrets to want a little privacy. With the ever increasing popularity of floor-to-ceiling glass panes surrounding meeting rooms, it can be a bit distracting trying to meet with a client while nosy Nellies are looking in through the windows to see what’s going on. Sure, it’s nice to get plenty of natural light in these modern conference rooms, but you also need privacy.

Thankfully, frosted vinyl window graphics can give you this degree of privacy while still letting the light in. With just a four-foot band of etched vinyl, you can have all the privacy you need. Or, you might consider geometric shapes or fanciful graphics.

Boost Your Brand Recognition

As mentioned above, we can incorporate your branding into your frosted vinyl. We simply remove your logo, slogan, contact information, or whatever message you want visitors to see from the sheet of vinyl. This is the ideal solution for your glass entrance doors or if you happen to have glass dividers in your space.

Create a Fancy Pants Look

You can use frosted vinyl to beautify even cheap mirrors you may have in your facility. Even those metal “mirrors” you find in rest stop bathrooms could be improved with the etched vinyl look. If you’re reading this WSDOT, call us!

You can also make your window panes look classy. In fact, frosted vinyl is the number one way to make your retail store windows look like they’re covered with snowflakes during the holiday shopping season.

These are just a few of the ways you can use frosted vinyl window graphics in Vancouver, WA. If you’ve come up with something that frosted vinyl can’t be used for or if you’re interested in taking advantage of these films, contact SGS today for a free consultation!

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.

Exterior Signs and Window Graphics for Restaurants in Camas WA

By | Building Signs, Exterior Signs, Window Graphics | No Comments

There are some restaurants that can survive without any signage. In fact, we’ve dined at one in that big rosy city to the south of us. We only learned about them from word of mouth and only because their food is relatively inexpensive and delectable. This mystique works for some eateries. However, for the vast majority of establishments, signs are a key marketing tool.

Despite featuring mouthwatering dishes that can speak for themselves, Feast at 316 decided to take the unpretentious, decidedly less hipster route of using signage to promote their business. So, they called in the mighty sign makers from Specialty Graphics Solutions for exterior acrylic signs for restaurants in Camas, WA.

What Is Feast at 316?

You may like the idea of feasting at 3:16 in the morning or afternoon, but that isn’t what the name Feast at 316 is referring to. Instead, the name is a reference to their location at 316 Northeast Dallas Street in downtown Camas. Owner and chef Tim McCusker serves up delicious seafood, steaks, craft cocktails, and wines. This fine eatery is also known for its historic décor. The walls are adorned with machines from the city’s 132-year-old paper mill. There’s also a small row of seats from Liberty Theater, which burned down in 1994.

When such an awesome new local business came to us for exterior signs and window graphics for restaurants in Camas, WA, we were chomping at the bit to get started. We had previously completed window graphics and a massive banner for them. This thing was huge: 230” wide (that’s almost twenty feet) by 81” high. The moral of the story is that Feast at 316 knew they could count on us to season their new exterior signage perfectly.

What We Did for Feast at 316?

After a consultation where we listened to what Feast at 316 had in mind for this project, we took a closer look at the brick façade next to the entrance of the restaurant and took some measurements. We then served them up an appetizing artistic rendering of what the finished dimensional acrylic sign would look like. Once we were certain it suited their palate, we got down to work fabricating the new sign.

For this marker, we started by creating the lettering. For the “Feast316” part of the sign, each 3/16” (no pun intended) thick acrylic panel is reverse cut to allow the letters highlighted with colored vinyl underneath to show through to give some depth. For “Cocktails & Steak House” and “Camas,” white cut vinyl was applied on top of 3/16” thick acrylic rectangles.

Each piece is individually glued in place to the ¼” frost acrylic backer. Overall, the sign is 5’ 5” wide by 2’ tall. We worked with the restaurant to install the new marker at a time when it wouldn’t sour people’s dining experience. The sign was standoff mounted with 3/8” chrome spacers for added dimensionality.

In the end, Feast at 316 sent their compliments to our gourmet sign makers. Our recipe for success left another client satisfied!

If you want to improve the presentation of your dining establishment, contact SGS today for a free consultation on exterior signage. Bon appétit!

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.

Opening a New Business in Vancouver WA? What Signs Do You Need?

By | Banners, Lobby Signs, Window Graphics | No Comments

Have you ever heard of the term “hang out a shingle”? It has become synonymous with starting a new business. Presumably, it got its origins because one could conceivably just put a little sign out front of their home or brick-and-mortar establishment and business would flood in. Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn’t it?

These days, all the shingles in the world will put a roof over your head, but you need more than that to get clients to knock on your door. In fact, clients should be able to just walk in without knocking, but that’s for a different blog. Today, we’re going to explore the best new business signs for Vancouver, WA.

Lobby Signs

What’s the first thing customers see when they enter your place of business? Is it someone’s eyes peeking over a tall counter? Is it rows upon rows of chairs? Is it a “Caution Wet Floor” sign? None of these are all that helpful. If you want to impress consumers, let them know they have found the right place, and build your new brand, you need reception area signs. We have these in a variety of flavors, including metal, acrylic, PVC, and sign foam. We don’t recommend eating them, though.

Window Graphics

There are a lot of things that window graphics and lettering can do for your storefront. With the right graphics, you can actually enter consumers’ minds and influence their buying decisions. You might expect to spend millions of dollars on this type of technology, and we wouldn’t stop you, but you can really achieve this effect for much less. Window graphics are excellent for highlighting photos of your best-selling products and services. You can also publicize your grand opening date and special sales.

Menu Boards

If you run a restaurant where patrons come up to the counter to order, you can save a lot of time and trouble by having a large, easy-to-read menu board above head-level behind your counter. This is also helpful in other service-oriented establishments, such as hair salons, spas, and even repair shops. We recommend grouping your items into intuitive groups. For example, a Mexican restaurant would have burritos in one section, tacos in another, and beverages elsewhere. We can even incorporate images of your top items.

Flags and Banners

Once you sign that lease, we recommend you immediately head over to our shop on Northeast 13th Avenue to get a flag or banner announcing that you’re coming soon to your new location. Don’t worry if you don’t have a grand opening date set yet. When you do have that date, you can always bring your banner or flag back to us, and we’ll update it with your grand opening information. In the meantime, you can get a buzz going about your enterprise.

With these markers, you’ll be well on your way to building up a sustainable clientele at an affordable price. Are you unsure about what you need for your new venue? Are you feeling a little bit overwhelmed? Let the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions take care of the stress of finding signs for new businesses in Vancouver, WA. For a free consultation, give us a call today!

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.

Woodland Family Medicine Welcomes with Window Graphics!

By | Door Graphics, Window Graphics | No Comments

In 1996, Congress passed HIPAA. This act basically makes it illegal for anyone to share your health information without your consent. So, if you go to the doctor to have a third eyeball removed from your back, they can’t sell pictures of the anomaly to the National Enquirer.

Part of protecting patients’ privacy is making it so people can’t look into your medical office and see who’s there. Woodland Family Medicine respects the privacy of their patients, so they called Specialty Graphic Solutions for window graphics for physician offices in Woodland, WA.

What’s Woodland Family Medicine? Do They Take Care of Animals?

If you go with the scientific definition of “animal,” then, yes, they do take care of animals…of the human variety. But, the Woodland in their name refers to the delightful town to our north. Woodland Family Medicine is the new second location of Ridgefield Family Medicine, a family medicine practice that was started by Dr. Josephine E. Drew and her colleagues over a decade ago. Today, they focus on providing personalized well-child checks, same-day appointments for urgent care, preventative care, minor surgeries, and much more.

When an enterprise that does so much to keep local residents healthy, happy, and productive came to us for window graphics for doctor’s offices in Woodland, WA, we didn’t think twice about helping. Their new location has giant storefront windows. For retailers, this would be great, but when you want to protect the privacy of patients, it’s a nightmare. Fortunately, our mighty sign makers knew just what to do.

How We Helped Our Woodland Friends

During an initial consultation, we got a good look at the new practice venue and listened to the client’s goals for the project. Essentially, they wanted window graphics that would give some privacy and a professional look to their front doors and windows. When we hear “privacy” and “window graphics,” we immediately think of frosted vinyl. Fortunately, Woodland Family Medicine was on the same wavelength. They were familiar with this vinyl option and were game.

After closely examining the marketing materials and signs used for the Ridgefield office, we noticed oak trees were used frequently. We decided to incorporate this into the window graphics’ design for the new office to keep the branding consistent. Once they approved of the design, we printed it on MacTac B-Free printable frosted vinyl. This is a favorite of ours since it allows us to create unique looks.

Once the design was printed, we installed it on the inside of the glass. We did this for a number of reasons. First, it would protect the vinyl from being vandalized from the outside, where vandals like to roam. Secondly, it created a very sophisticated and sleek muted image from the outside.

For the cut vinyl graphics featuring the doctors’ names and office contact information, we switched things up and installed the white opaque vinyl on the outside for easier readability. In the end, Woodland Family Medicine was completely happy with the work we did.

Would you like to make your facilities a little more private? Contact SGS today for a free consultation on frosted vinyl window graphics!

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.

9 Bar Espresso Uses Door and Window Graphics to Market and Advertise!

By | Door Graphics, Window Graphics | No Comments

Exterior signage for your new venue will cost thousands of dollars, right? It’s best to just pass on the signage and hope people accidentally wander into your storefront. Or, maybe you shouldn’t open a brick and mortar store after all? WAIT! Don’t give up on your dreams just yet! Specialty Graphic Solutions has affordable solutions for you. 9 Bar Espresso recently found this out when they contacted us for window and door graphics.

9 Bar Espresso? That’s Some Pretty Good Wi-Fi!

No, the “bar” referred to in 9 Bar Espresso’s name doesn’t refer to the number of bars of a Wi-Fi signal. Instead, the name refers to the optimal pressure used to extract espresso. 9 bar is equal to a pressure of 130.5 psi. They are a coffee roaster based in Vancouver that is family owned and operated. They offer medium and dark roasts, decaffeinated espresso, single origin beans, and more. Currently, their coffee is served locally at Di Tazza and Bleu Door Bakery in Vancouver and Squeeze & Grind in Camas.

At SGS, we have a hard time passing up a good cup o’ joe. So, when a coffee roaster came to us for window and door graphics for coffee companies in Vancouver, WA, we said of course and asked for a double mocha. 9 Bar Espresso recently moved into a new store location on Northeast 121st Street. They needed a way to let the new neighborhood know who they are. We had just the solution.

What We Did for 9 Bar

After an initial rap session, where we met with 9 Bar and bounced ideas of what we could do for their new storefront off them, we recommended exterior window and door graphics featuring their company logo and website since they take a lot of online orders.

9 Bar already had branding that’s featured prominently on their website. Our mighty sign makers took this branding and incorporated it in vibrant red and white graphics on Avery 700 High-Performance Calendared Vinyl. This vinyl is known to last for a long time. We’re talking years here, not months. That’s a latte.  

We give our clients the choice of installing their graphics on the inside or the outside of the glass. For this project, we installed them on the exterior. We prefer this option because the colors and graphics tend to be more vivid without a pane of glass in the way, which may also have glare that can reduce visibility. However, sometimes our customers prefer the interior if they fear that the graphics will be scratched, rubbed up against, or even vandalized by passersby.

In the end, 9 Bar was completely satisfied with the job we did. In fact, they were so happy, they quickly posted images of the finished graphics all over their Facebook page.

This wasn’t our first rodeo. We have plenty of experience producing window and door graphics for coffee and espresso bars in Vancouver, WA. We wrapped a coffee cart for Dutch Bros. And, Black Rock Coffee Bar scored with window clings.

What can we get started for you? Contact SGS today for a free consultation!

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.