What are Cut Vinyl Vehicle Graphics? And How They Can Save You Money

by McKinley McGinn on July 31, 2016

What are Cut Vinyl Vehicle Graphics?

Riveting_Wraps_great-contractor-Chevy-van-graphics-Bellevue-WA.jpg"Cut Vinyl" Graphics is a term used in the vehicle wrap industry to describe "cut out" self adhesive letters or shaped logo decals that are applied to vehicles.  Think of cut vinyl as shaped, super premium stickers that are installed on your car, truck or van.  The terms graphics and wraps are often used interchangably.  However, wraps, in contrast to cut vinyl, are large sheets of self adhesive vinyl without a particular shape of their own.  Wraps literally wrap across entire panels on the vehicle. Wraps are trimmed after being installed on the surface to take on the overall shape of the vehicle body panel. 

Single vs Multi-Color Cut Vinyl Graphics

We use cut vinyl in two different ways. The first is a solid color that we use cut letters and numbers, and then apply to your vehicle. This works well for partial wraps where you simply want to have your phone number and address printed for your vehicle. The second way is print and cut which we use for decals for your vehicle.

Single Color Cut Vinyl Lettering

99% of the time, vehicle lettering, phone numbers, or other text are produced using a single color vinyl.  These single color vinyls come in hundreds of colors and even special affects like reflective, matte, chrome, carbon fiber and brushed metals.  Colored_Vehicle_Wrap_Vinyls_Riveting_Wraps_Seattle_WA.jpgWe will work with you to determine the size, font and color of the cut text.  The final layout will be displayed on a design proof for approval prior to production so that you will know what your vehicle will look like once the project is complete.  This is an important step since it can be difficult to imagine how 3" lettering vs 5" or 8" lettering might ultimately look once applied to your car, bus or van.  Different sized lettering can also be used on the same vehicle to draw attention to the most important information first.  You can learn more about what to look for on a vehicle graphics design proof here

Once the design is approved, our designers set up a cut file that is sent to our high speed computer controlled precision cutter to cut your custom lettering.  Check out photos and video of the vinyl cutting here.  It's really pretty amazing.  Also watch for our up-coming article about the most effective uses of cut vinyl lettering for vehicle graphics.

Multi-Color Cut Vinyl Logo

If you are planning a cut out version of your logo for your final design, and your logo is made up of multiple colors, we add a few additional steps to our process.  Prior to cutting the vinyl, we print your logo at the approved size on our wide format HP latex printer.  We then run the print through our cold press laminator to protect the print from scratching or abrasion and other out door elements.  This step extends the life of your graphics.  Solid color cut graphics do not typically require this step since the pigments are not applied to the surface like a print, but are mixed into the vinyl when it is manufactured. 

Are Cut Vinyl Graphics the Right Choice for Your Service Vehicles or Fleet?

Nisson_NV200_Vinyl_Graphics_Riveting_Wraps_Bellevue_WA.jpgEvery wrap design depends on both your budget and objectives.  Cut graphics are an excellent option because they can be sized to meet both your communication objectives and your budget.  A full wrap is going to take into account the entire square footage of vinyl produced and installed to cover your vehicle, where cut graphics only need to cover a fraction of your vehicle and can still give you that full wrap impact. 

Quality Only Begins with the Right Materials

New Call-to-actionVehicle wrap companies have learned that many buyers think using the right materials is the only important criteria to evaluate a quality wrap.  And it certainly is an important criteria. But how the material is printed, handled and installed are equally important.  Learn more getting a high quality wrap.

These vehicle wrap failures can come with a very steep price.  Get the straight facts on vehicle wrapping, contact Riveting Wraps at (425) 368-5007 or email us at hello@rivetingwraps.com. 

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