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How to Buy Quality Wall Graphics?

by Deborah Scott on March 19, 2014

Are you getting quality wall graphics?

Short, Boring, But Important Questions   

 

You're on track if your wall graphics company is asking you these questions.

Thank_you_page_for_wall_graphicsCustomization is exciting for us and our clients.  It means that our clients are getting what they want specifically designed and fabricated to meet their needs.  With wide format digital printing, pretty much anything imaginable can be designed, enlarged, and printed on wall graphics material.  

Super important though, is the fact that while wall vinyls may all look the same, their adhesive, duration, and surface qualities are scientifically designed for use in specific conditions.  It is not a one size fits all business.  It doesn't matter if the print looks great if it doesn't stay up on your wall.  It also doesn't matter if it stays up on the wall but fades or degrades.  And if you eventually want to remove the graphic, you certainly don't want to damage the underlying surface.

Here is the checklist we review with all our clients before we recommend a custom wall graphics solution.

1.  Wall location

  • Interior
  • Exterior

2. Graphic Size

  • Length x Height + margin for out-of-square conditions
  • On-site confirmed measurements for highly out-of-square or unusual shaped walls

3.  Length of time graphic or mural will be installed

  • Less than 90 days
  • 90 days to one year
  • One to three years
  • Longer than three years

3M, Avery and other brand name manufacturers have developed unique adhesive formulations designed for specific time frames - from low tack repositionable to permanant adhesives.  We want to use the right material for your project.

4.  Graphic exposure conditions

  • Constant temperature and humidity
  • Temperature changes
  • Direct sun
  • Heating or cooling ducts in close proximity
  • People can/will be able to touch it

Answers to these questions determine the right materials and reveal the need for lamination to protect the digitally printed graphics.

5.  Basic wall construction

  • Wallboard
  • Concrete Block
  • Pouded concrete
  • Tile
  • Vinyl Wall covering
  • Brick
  • Other (describe:) _____________________

6.  Is the wall painted?

  • No
  • Yes
  • Water base?
  • Oil base?

7.  If painted, how long since last painted?

Nothing is worse for a new graphic or mural than a freshly painted wall.  While paint  may appear dry, it is actually curing over a 2-3 week period after painting is complete.  During this curing period the paint is releasing gasses that interfere with the adhesion of wall graphics.  Paint must cure before graphics or murals can be installed.

8.  Describe wall texture

  • Smooth
  • Unsmooth Texture  (medium/heavy/stucco/brick)

There are amazing products on the market designed to conform to highly textured surfaces, like brick or stucco.  This premium material is perfect for these complex applications, but potentially overkill for a standard wall.  Again, our goal is to identify the right materials for the job so you get the product that you need at a fair price.

Learn More

We perform a wall test before making a final determination on the materials.  See Removable Wall Graphics - Test Before you Apply for more information on our wall test process.  To learn  more about wall graphics check out How to Achieve Great Wall Graphics- Start to Finish. - a step by step guide to great results or Everything You Need to Know About Wall Graphics.  

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We believe great visual communicaitons make great things happen - in your life organization or business.   Ready to roll?  (or unroll ;-) )   Just give us a call, toll free, at 1-855-806-7446 or email us at answers@RainMakerSigns.com.  We excitedly serve the greater Seattle area with design, fabrication, and installation.  We are excited to help you make great things happen with wall graphics Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah and the King County area.    Oustide the Seattle area?  We can help you with our network of over 250 experienced large format printing and graphics instsallation companies nationwide.  

Let's get going?

 

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