Any lighting tips for weeding vinyl - especially white - I can not see cut lines

doktorek

New Member
I was wondering what is everybody using to see cut lines on lets say white vinyl. Im not interested in hearing about 15" LED light boxes, that will not work for me. I have a big surface.
Do you put some sort of soft LED light across from you to see the lines?
Any lamp/lights tricks?
 

James Burke

Being a grandpa is more fun than working
I was wondering what is everybody using to see cut lines on lets say white vinyl. Im not interested in hearing about 15" LED light boxes, that will not work for me. I have a big surface.
Do you put some sort of soft LED light across from you to see the lines?
Any lamp/lights tricks?
It needs to be illuminated from the bottom (up through the backer). Trust me, it works perfectly.

If you have enough window square footage with sufficient sunshine, that would be one possibility. Otherwise, you need to insert a section of glass with an LED lamp into the center of a long table and only illuminate the area you're sitting or standing at. Back in the day, NuArc made some fairly large light tables.

JB


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SignosaurusRex

Active Member
At my age and declining eyesight, I feel your pain....
Make a "Pounce Bag" by filling a small cloth bag or old sock with Blue Carpenter's chalk or Powdered Charcoal..
Dust the surface of the cut vinyl with the "Pounce Bag" in a dragging motion across the surface. Wipe off the excess powder / chalk with a dry cloth.
The only remaining (minimal) chalk will reveal the cuts for easy "weeding".
I keep a "White" pounce bag handy for use on dark vinyls with lots of small cuts.
**Note... With a newly made "Pounce Bag", one must be sure to have Chalk or Powder coming through the cloth before use. The bag may need some Kneading or a more convincing abuse applied in order to achieve the optimal release of chalk. or powder.
 
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Gino

Premium Subscriber
Pounce......... all the way. Been doing that for 30 years. We all use that method. We have about 8 pounce boxes. One white, one red and 5 black and I think one spare.
 

Billct2

Active Member
Yea, no lightbox so I use pounce if I have to, showing my age. I also try to cut ahead of time, gets a little easier to see once it relaxes a bit. also weed sectioning can help
 

doktorek

New Member
I find a best way to see cut lines is by the window and have a LED light. But I figure maybe other people have better solution. Im thinking of getting LONG 4 ft led bar light of some sort.
 

SignosaurusRex

Active Member
I find a best way to see cut lines is by the window and have a LED light. But I figure maybe other people have better solution. Im thinking of getting LONG 4 ft led bar light of some sort.
Well then doktor... "Experiment" away! When you find your cure, please present your findings for analysis by a peer group. I'm quite sure it will be "fast-tracked" like a virus vax into use . ;) Seriously though... please let us know the result of your findings.
 
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bob

New Member
If not a pounce bag then a bright light shining across the media can be a boon.
 

Scotchbrite

No comment
what's a pounce bag?
It has colored chalk in it for transferring a perforated pattern to a wall.

When I first started in the sign business the person showing me how to weed vinyl was a smoker. She would use cigarette ash from the ash tray to smear on the white vinyl to see the cut lines. Haha
 

JBurton

Signtologist
We have a second light bank that sits at the end of the table, about 18" higher than the table surface, with 2 8' fluorescents in it. When it comes time to do white, we flip that one on. It works relatively well, you still have to cock your head to the side on occasion to find every line though.
 

Geneva Olson

Expert Storyteller
It has colored chalk in it for transferring a perforated pattern to a wall.

When I first started in the sign business the person showing me how to weed vinyl was a smoker. She would use cigarette ash from the ash tray to smear on the white vinyl to see the cut lines. HaI
I googled the pounce bag and saw what it was. Ah, the days of cigarette smoking. How fun.
 

James Burke

Being a grandpa is more fun than working
As I mentioned earlier, a light table really works well. We do thousands of 4" x 8" engraved pavers using white sign vinyl. I built a special inclined table with a glass top.

The surrounding area of the glass was etched and painted on the back side so only a small window of light shines through...so as not to tire the eyeballs. It helps to let the vinyl sit for a day or so to relax.


JB
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Stacey K

I like making signs
I just bought a pounce bag from Amazon...how did I never hear about this fantastic little invention!
 

10sacer

New Member
If you can find a headlamp that has three color modes for white or red or blue light, you can switch it to blue and the lines show up pretty easily with the ambient white lights turned down
 
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