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Old 07-12-2018, 05:23 PM
T.R.MacMunn T.R.MacMunn is online now
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Just find a sign supply company near you. Or even a signshop that does good work ... hopefully they'll sell you a chunk.
Cheap shops won't have it.... they'll have garbage viyl. If worse comes to worse, I'll mail you a piece. How big?
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Old 07-12-2018, 09:27 PM
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TR, I found a "reasonably local" signmaker's supply in the area, but I need to know what to ask for. What is a good choice for a preferably permanent adhesive backed, durable, reflective product that I can cut numbers/letters from using a drag knife? I see things like Avery 1200, but I'd like to know if I'm on the right track here since I'm on a start-up "shoestring" budget and mistakes can be costly.

I don't need a large amount...I plan on totally re-doing our own roadside mailbox setup and will leverage that for marketing. (using a different number for the marketing photos for privacy reasons, of course)
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:36 PM
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Look into Oracal/Oralite 5600. This is a good quality plotter cut reflective vinyl- permanent adhesive, good durability, reasonably priced. Not sure how it will react to a drag knife though. Ideally the knife/blade is set to cut through the vinyl but not the backing layer.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:26 AM
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Thanks, Jeff. I'll check it out.

My impression is that the drag knife can be set to a pretty precise depth of cut, but I guess that's also a factor of material holding, too. Once I have my knife, I can get a little deeper into what I can and can't do with it...it shipped and should be here today or tomorrow for me to play with.
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Old 11-27-2018, 04:56 PM
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Default Reflective Glass Beads

Yes, you can do reflective with paint but it requires a glass bead additive. My only familiarity with this product is using it as a non-skid additive to gelcoats in boat repair and building - but I've noted how it's reflective at night where the glass beads are exposed (which is what it's intended for but it works as a great non-skid when mixed with gelcoats). That said, I'm sure there are some specific techniques for using this type of glass bead to bring out it's reflective properties but it's used in everything from road paint to safety markings.

https://www.amazon.com/Airport-Quali...ss+beads&psc=1

High grade, long lasting, reflective vinyl substrates are pricey but they're out there. There are a lot of low grade varieties used because of the high general price of reflective materials. I own a graphics shop and turn down a number of reflective material projects when someone has a long lasting application but is unwilling to pay the long lasting material. I would rather them go be unhappy with the durability of someone else's work. ;-).

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Old 11-28-2018, 02:11 PM
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Jim, Avery V8000 series is prismatic and very reflective, 3M680, Oralite 5600 series all work well but are not as prismatic. All the above are engineering grade (slightly better than commercial grade for a slight price difference) and will work 7-9 years easy in mid-west climates.

Forget the drag knife for vinyl, been there done that - will aggravate you to know end, the mdf on you CNC swells too much to keep the blade at the correct depth. Sand mask, rubbers, stuff you cut all the way through is perfect for the drag.

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Old 11-29-2018, 12:00 AM
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I’ve had good luck with oracal vinyl. Haven’t tried their reflective stuff yet. Can be a bit pricey 24 inch by 10 yards is $125.00.

https://www.signwarehouse.com/p/oral...flective-vinyl
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