The art of making signs using brushes and paint has almost disappeared in today’s world and the same can be said for decals and stickers which are of the same family. These have been replaced by very thin adhesive backed vinyl as a base material and is available in a huge range of colours plus reflective for traffic signs and metallic surfaced vinyl.
Computer driven machinery can be programmed to cut lettering and shapes in colored vinyl or by using white vinyl and a huge inkjet printer, almost any effect can be created. Below is a photo of a Roland sign making printer which can make signs up to 1200 millimetres (4 feet) high and by any length to suit. Artwork can be scanned into the computer and then printed or composed on the screen with by means of a sign making program. Complicated, ornate and photographs can easily be reproduced. No doubt you have seen semi trailer with whose sides on the cargo trailer have huge advertising graphics, perhaps a huge hamburger or a rural farm scene for food producers, in fact any kind of graphic you can imagine. If the sign is of irregular shape or size, for instance the map of a state, a bottle with colored label or of a motor vehicle, the computer has this shape in its memory as part of the art work and the “Cutter” which is a high speed razor sharp knife which will cut out the exact shape required so this huge decal becomes almost a piece of art.
Signs and graphic produced on these large Roland or similar inkjet printers are now produced with inks that are ultra violet stable and will not fade with light or sunshine for a period of five to seven years. When the signs need to be replaced the Wonder Wheel is the ideal method and tool for this job, it is quick, easy to use and the most efficient method.