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August in Review

30 Aug

We’ve been very busy this month! We’ve printed thousands of shirts, produced several banners and signs, created two webstores for local high schools, reconnected with old customers and met new ones as well.


In the past week, we’ve been doing a lot of sports related shirts for high school teams, as well as company sports teams like the three above. Two are for Newark’s Cross Country team and the third is for a IES’s sports team.

We have also put a couple webstores, including one being used as a fundraiser by the Glasgow High School Athletics Department. It features a variety of products including those pictured below. Click the image to explore the website.  A percentage from every item sold will go directly to the Glasgow Athletics Department. 


My favorite item is the cozy dragon stadium blanket. It’s available in both red and gold versions.


Earlier this month, we handled many orders for family reunions. Several longtime customers came in to place their annual family reunion t-shirt orders including the 2013 Wilson family reunion shirts.  Their 2012 family reunion shirt was featured on our webpage for some time.


In addition to catching up with our old customers, we also go to know new ones. We a nice order of shirts in black and white for Victor of Santo Stucco, and a couple of great family reunion transfer orders.

StanStucco Emerald Isle Harbor House Shirts Hannah-Smith Family Reunion 2013-composite

In addition to t-shirts, we made beautiful full color banners including the one below.


On our blog, we showcased these cool shirts for the awesome Delaware Army National Guard and shared some trade tips for removing vinyl lettering.

Whew! This was a busy month for us. How was your August?


How to Remove Vinyl Lettering

14 Aug

Last week, one of our clients brought over a van for us to letter. Vinyl lettering is a long-lasting, weather proof decoration tool that works well on vehicles, windows, and walls.  The van was not new and had old vinyl lettering that need to be removed. The best way to do this involves a heat gun, a squeegee, paper towels, and Rapid Remover (an all-natural, citric acid mixture).

Start by pulling off the old lettering; heat will make this task much easier.  We use a heat gun in short bursts to warm old vinyl, which allows it to stretch. You can do this without heat, but it will take longer. You can use a small, razor-sized squeegee like the yellow one pictured below, or rely on fingernails.


Using a heat gun is the easiest way to get the old lettering to pull off.

After removing the lettering, you are likely to have glue residue left over:


Glue residue leftover from lettering.

It is surprisingly easy to remove the residue. Pour the rapid remover onto a paper towel and saturate the residue-covered surface.  Give the liquid a few minutes to soften the residue. Then use a plastic squeegee to scrape off the residue.


It’s better to use a normal size squeegee rather than the miniature one pictured. The glue residue will easily move around. I tend to push it into piles, scoop them onto the squeegee, and wipe off the squeegee with a paper towel.

Use paper towels and another dousing with the Rapid Remover to clean the surface. Once the surface is clean, you can add new lettering. Here is the same section of the van with new vinyl lettering.


The finished project.

See the Rainbow, Print the Rainbow

15 Jul

After a whirlwind month of vacations, we are all finally back at New Image at least until Friday. In honor of the return of the blog, I have decided to share some trade secrets.

Back in the 1980s, rainbow printing was huge.  Ron says they were using rainbow printing technique all of the time.

IMG_1724-2 It’s an old technology and a vintage style, but I think it is still a very cool look.


Achieving the blended rainbow effect is actually not that difficult. You simply blend three to five colors of ink on the pallet in columns and print as per usual.

IMG_1731-2It will take a few swipes to get the blend right, but after that you should be good to go.


Obviously, this epic technique requires skills, talent, and expertise, but that’s why you come to us!