About ReBadge Design
Thermal printed badges can be effectively used to create and/or replicate complex designs. With a wide selection of color choices, and the ability to print fine detail, there is an array of possibilities. CMYK printing yields full color images, such as photographs. One great aspect of a thermal printed badge is that the print is fully armored against the elements and abrasion it may experience being installed outdoors. Since the color is transferred directly onto the substrate, the resin encases the color, adding dimension, durability, and longevity, not to mention style. Note: We recommend a period of 8-10 days before application of resin capped emblems. If installed earlier, there is a risk of outgas buildup in the form of bubbles between the badge and the surface of the vehicle.
Carbon Fiber Badges
Our carbon fiber badges are all hand made. Some of the pieces have been cut to shape via CNC, and are then fabricated by hand into the finished product. Some are hand cut and manually produced start to finish. The resin used in the construction does have an “out-gassing” period, so some pieces will take longer to complete than others. The resin does have a built in UV inhibiting agent that keeps the carbon fiber from degrading and keeps the resin from yellowing in the sun. These badges come as a peel and stick application. They are fitted with 3M adhesive backing.
Carbon fiber has some inherent properties that limit the complexity/size of the pieces. Small complex shapes are generally difficult to work with and requests dealing with such will be evaluated as needed.
We use high quality 3M cast vinyl. In a nutshell, if you are unfamiliar with cast vinyl opposed to calendared vinyl, cast vinyl is poured to its 2mil thickness. Therefore, it is very dimensionally stable. Calendared vinyl is rolled and stretched to its thickness, much like pizza dough. Naturally, over time, calendared film will want to return to its un-stretched state, which translates into cracked decals, or peeling curly edges. Cast vinyl give and retains a much smoother look, for a much longer time. If you are sourcing temporary decals, you can usually opt for a calendared stock for a lesser expense.
We suggest lamination on decals that will see above average abrasion or exposure to elements. This is merely a clear cast vinyl applied over the printed vinyl. Another option is a printed clear coat called abrasion guard. This is a good option when lamination cannot be used, if the decal won’t see a lot of outdoor use, or contact with objects that may wear the surface. It is also more cost effective.
The resin used in our badges is a two part polyurethane resin that is exceptionally resilient and nearly impossible to chip or crack. It never gets 100% rigid, and therefore will accept slight curves. It also has built in UV inhibitors that protect the encased material, and the resin itself from sun damage and discoloration.
To properly prepare a surface to install decals or badges, first rinse any heavily soiled areas with soap and water. Following this, use a degreasing agent or adhesive remover to remove any wax buildup or silicone from the surface. A final wipe down with denatured alcohol will ensure the surface is clean. Never wipe a dirty car with a dry cloth. You may scratch the paint with the dirt you are trying to remove. Auto care products are made to repel dirt and grime and give a long lasting shine, this is accomplished through the application of substances that also repel adhesive. Make sure you clean the surface before installing or you may degrade the properties of the adhesives and make them unusable. One more noteworthy situation is application on high energy plastic. Some plastics carry inherent properties that make application of adhesives extremely difficult. Special high-tack materials can be used in some situations, as well as adhesion promoting treatments.
Our badges are peel and stick. Unless you are trying to match the profile of something else around the badge, are re-installing the badge, or installing on a temperamental surface, you should not need additional adhesive. If you do, we recommend 3M VHB tape. For detailed application instructions, a quick internet search will inundate your browser with a variety of methods and videos. Feel free to ask if you have questions.
If you are installing in a recessed area, or if the badge doesn not sit flush or as high as you'd like it, feel free to add a layer of 2 way tape. (available at the local auto parts store or hardware store) Just make sure the layer you put on the back side it smooth and even and trim it neatly to the edge. theis will increase the overall thickness of the badge.
Our cut vinyl and thermal printed decals make great additions to your vehicle, whether it’s a logo, lettering, or advertisement decal. Window decals can be simple cut vinyl, or for more complex designs, can be printed on clear vinyl. Many people use window decals to show support for someone, and organization, to advertise, or simply decorate. We have access to a wide variety of colors, specialty vinyl, metallic, reflective and more. This includes 23k gold vinyl, chrome, flat black, etc.
From decorative stripes to advertising, we can take your vehicle to the next level. We can do vinyl lettering, full color printed graphics, and even vehicle magnets.
We also offer digital photo editing and vector based design services. Design is billed on an hourly basis. We can retouch images, digitize files, etc.