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7 sign shop supplies you can’t live without

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Mar 02, 2015 09:57pm
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7-sign-shop-supplies-you-cant-live-without_1847_40027590_0_14078518_500For industry professionals looking to run the best possible sign shops, you can’t cut corners when it comes to supplies. Certain tools are absolutely essential for making top-quality signs, and even the most skilled sign-makers will be hamstrung without them.

Below is a rundown of the seven supplies that are indispensable when it comes to making the best signs in the business.

Safety ruler

To make the best possible signs, you must be sure that your measurements are precise. A good safety ruler fulfills this purpose, especially if it comes with a heavy-duty aluminum construction and a finger guard, to keep cutters’ hands safe and secure at all times.

Roller trays

Roller trays protect the surface and edges of your finished graphics while you roll out the amount needed to trim and cut. It can make handling larger rolls a one-person job.

Telescopic sliding cutting tool

Obviously, the actual cuts are a vital part of the process, and there’s little room for error as you want your signs to be the perfect size and shape. For this purpose, it’s good to use a practical hand-held tool that allows you to cut material across the width of a table in one stroke. Achieve a straight and clean cut every time.

Vinyl rack

Once you’ve handled your materials, you need a place to store them. Paying attention to this need will help you keep an organized and efficient sign shop. Vinyl racks are perfect because they store all different types of materials and keep them safe from damage.

Self-healing cutting mat

Your cutting mat is likely to take a great deal of abuse if you’re using it time and time again, day after day. Using a self-healing mat on your work table when cutting materials will extend the life of your work surface and will prevent cutting grooves which could interfere with your straight cuts.

Super-strong magnets

As you begin to prepare your graphics and align them with the vehicle of your choice, you’ll need to make sure they adhere perfectly, with no slip-ups. Using strong magnets will eliminate the need for extra adhesives like masking tape, freeing up your hands for a higher quality and easier installation.

Plastikut knife

You want a knife that will help you make the right cuts into corrugated board every time, with no inconvenient side-effects – no measuring tape, straight edges, markers or X-Acto knives required. With a Plastikut knife, you can get the results you desire with no added headaches.

 


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