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Old 07-11-2018, 09:44 AM
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Default Reflective paint or...?

Is there a "quality" reflective paint available that can be used for signs, such as numbers on mailbox posts or is the only viable solution to use reflective tape or pre-cut reflective numbers? I've had poor experience with the latter historically in this area relative to weathering, quite frankly, although that certainly could be because of poor quality mass market, consumer stuff. I have some ideas for things that really would benefit from this reflectivity. TYIA for your kind knowledge transfer. :)
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:10 AM
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I've wondered the same thing...thanks for posting. Cant wait to see what the guru's recommend.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:16 AM
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Bring your cut-ready graphic to a sign shop to cut in reflective vinyl.
Best & cleanest bet. and who knows if they dont have a router you might
get a few things to cut for them.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:38 AM
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Bring your cut-ready graphic to a sign shop to cut in reflective vinyl.
Best & cleanest bet. and who knows if they dont have a router you might
get a few things to cut for them.
I can do that, or use the drag knife that's soon to arrive and cut it here. I'm only concerned that the reflective vinyl seems to "go bad" around here pretty swiftly, probably because of the salt solutions they paint the roads with during the colder months when a storm threatens.

Good point about potentially getting some subcontracting, however.
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:35 PM
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Reflective vinyl should last for over decade, for sure ..... I suspect we use more salt here than you do.. There are a multiple brands, each having multiple grades. Never buy the cheapest.
I don't know of any commercial quality reflective paint .... there's a layer of metal in the reflective vinyl that causes it to reflect.
About 20 years ago, I bought the "reflective glass beads" that you sprinkle onto wet enamel, to reflect light. Well, I'm pretty sure I could reflect more light from the hole in my haircut than those beads did.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:00 PM
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Thanks. I guess when I get around to that project, I'll do the vinyl and try to get the high quality stuff. Recommendations?
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:53 PM
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Hmm... pg 30 in Signcraft magazine..... Rodger!



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Reflective vinyl should last for over decade, for sure ..... I suspect we use more salt here than you do.. There are a multiple brands, each having multiple grades. Never buy the cheapest.
I don't know of any commercial quality reflective paint .... there's a layer of metal in the reflective vinyl that causes it to reflect.
About 20 years ago, I bought the "reflective glass beads" that you sprinkle onto wet enamel, to reflect light. Well, I'm pretty sure I could reflect more light from the hole in my haircut than those beads did.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:40 PM
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Dumb question..... could the reflective vinyl be sealed in a light epoxy coating to extend its useful life? Or would that diminish the reflective properties?

TR...any chance you will be selling the hole in the haircut method in the future
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:27 AM
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You can buy an additive to add to the paint to glow in the dark if that will work for you. I used it on a clock painting the numbers in.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:07 AM
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"Glow in the dark" isn't really what's needed for this particular application. Think house/property numbers at the road which should be reflective, especially for first responders.

Based on previous comments, it seems that reflective vinyl is the way to go, so I'll appreciate a suggestion for a quality product and source. I'm dubious about most of what I've found on Amazon, for example. I'll be able to cut it with a drag knife, so I'm not worried about that too much. Worse case, I have a friend who does vinyl work and I'm sure she can cut it for me if need be.
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