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Burry Signs and Vinyl Lettering
Burry Signs has a long history with cut vinyl lettering. We were the second company in Toronto to buy the equipment to cut vinyl type. When our father saw the equipment first introduced, he was very excited. He could see vinyl replacing his brush and calligraphy pen talents, and through this new process he could pass his work down to his children without teaching them those hand skills. That time in Burry Signs history was a turning point for the business. We have been cutting and applying vinyl ever since.
What is Vinyl Lettering?
Basically speaking, Vinyl Lettering is a peel and stick graphic cut by a computer. We can cut lettering, logos or line artwork from a computer, i.e. in a thin factory-coloured vinyl sheet that has a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back. Technology has replaced hand lettering artists like our father, who used calligraphy pens and brushes to produce lettering for all type of uses, including scrolls, window lettering, storefront signs and sale posters. The end result of vinyl lettering is very similar to old school practices, although the tools, skills and materials have changed. The lettering looks to be painted onto a surface. The background of the surface around each letter does not get covered. Excellent for lettering glass, wood or plastic, or anywhere you want the background surface to remain visible.
How Vinyl Lettering Works
The vinyl material used to create vinyl lettering is a two-part system that includes a carrier sheet and a thin layer of vinyl with pressure sensitive adhesive on the back. The vinyl is cut from a computer, i.e. as the lettering is set on the file: word, paragraph, logo or line art form. Once the vinyl stock is cut, the background or waste vinyl is removed, leaving the required lettering on the carrier sheet in the form it was cut. A transfer sheet is then applied to the full cut area, making the letter a three-part system: carrier sheet, adhesive vinyl and transfer sheet. The transfer sheet allows you to lift the lettering off the carrier and move all the lettering at one time while maintaining letter spacing and position and applying them onto a surface as if they were one piece. Once you have burnished down the letters, the transfer sheet is peeled off, leaving the lettering on the surface. The end result is lettering that appears to be hand painted, except each letter is perfectly shaped. All the “e, s, o” look the same size, thickness and style as designed in the computer.
Where Is Vinyl Lettering Used?
Vinyl Lettering is everywhere: on signs, vehicles, windows and doors, walls, equipment and appliances. It can be used indoors and outdoors and applied to all different types of smooth surfaces. There are different grades of vinyl available to suit the many applications where vinyl is used. Although most vinyl types can be used outdoors, some grades are designed to have a longer exterior life expectancy. For example, 3.5mil vinyl is rated to last 3 to 5 years outdoors while 2mil vinyl has an 8-year-plus exterior life span. The vinyl material is pigmented during the manufacturing process, resulting in truly even, solid and long lasting colour on both sides of the material, front and back. It’s great for window application. There are specialty finishes available: metallic/polished/satin silver gold, glass frosting and brushed aluminum to name a few. Some are designed to transmit light and are often used on store front light box signs. Vinyl lettering has become a truly versatile product. The surface simply needs to be dust and grease free, smooth and not have any chemicals on or in it that will damage the adhesive. This means it can be applied to glass, finished wood and metal (except powder coated metal), as well as paper products, plastics and painted surfaces (paint must meet manufactures recommended curing time - not dry time). Naturally, since we are a Sign Company that has been in business since 1964 producing custom signs, vinyl lettering is a process we have been using since its conception and have long ago mastered. If you have a surface you want lettered, ask Burry Signs how.
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