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Hedgemaster
05-14-2012, 10:28 PM
I've been meaning to get my truck lettered since last season, but every time I get caught up financially, another crisis comes along and puts the vinyl on the back burner.

Well, I've grown weary of looking like "some guy with a truck and a mower", so I'm going to move forward with the lettering.

I had an estimate done at a local (chain) sign place and was unimpressed with their customer service. I went there with the intention of buying if I could get a vinyl color to match my truck color (I'm lettering on the truck cap windows) and found what I thought (hard to tell from that tiny sliver of color) was a good match from the sample book. He kept pushing another color that was "close", but when I pressed the issue, he admitted he didn't have the color I wanted in stock. Long story short, he'd have to special order the color I wanted and charge me more to do so.

I then requested an actual sample of said color from Tony at 696Signs (forum member) and it arrived today. The match isn't perfect, but is probably as close as I'm going to get. I appreciate his willingness to send me the sample and provided his pricing is within reason, will be ordering from him as a result and installing the lettering myself.

Here are some pics of the sample...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Truck%20Lettering/20120514_180741.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Truck%20Lettering/20120514_180917.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Truck%20Lettering/20120514_181246.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Truck%20Lettering/20120514_181515.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Promotional%20Items/Truck%20Lettering/20120514_181525.jpg



I'm going to start with the back window and maybe the front across the windshield (my wife isn't wild about that part), and then do the sides of the truck cap after.

I'll need to finalize my design soon and will post more as I go.

Steve
05-15-2012, 11:57 AM
This is a moment I have been looking forwards to for quite a while now! YEA!

get a vinyl color to match my truck color (I'm lettering on the truck cap windows)

Have you played with that on a photoshop program to see how a similarly colored tape would look on your windows? Would it stand out enough for you?

lawnman3fl
05-15-2012, 06:11 PM
that color is not even close to your truck or topper ... does it need to be a metallic vinyl or could it just be a single color like white ... you still get the bang but alot less out of pocket .... great idea of doing the topper windows only for now just in case you dont really like the looks of it .. just peel off and spray a little windex scrape with a razor blade and it is gone...:cool::cool::cool:

Hedgemaster
05-15-2012, 09:09 PM
Well, it's likely as close as I'll find. It's not as though anyone is going to carry vinyl in "2001 Chevrolet Light Pewter Metallic".
The color looks "off" from one angle, but from another, it looks amazingly similar. It's not going to be right against the paint at any point anyway, so I think I can pull it off.

55 MPH down the road nobody will notice the difference anyway. ;)

White lettering? Meh. Everyone uses it - it's inexpensive and it's a good contrast on dark windows, but I wanted something different. My initial concern was that the "Champagne Mist" would be too dark for use on the dark tinted windows, but it should be fine.

Since this truck is still my "daily driver", I'm not ready to go all out with vinyl on the paint, but the cap windows provide excellent placement for this sort of thing.


My apologies to all who thought they would be seeing a finished product in this thread right off the bat.
All in good time.

I'll be sure to post install pics as well since I'll be applying myself.

w0283767
05-15-2012, 09:34 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing the final product as well. I'm sure it will look awesome!

Steve
05-16-2012, 12:23 PM
Also, what about using another color underneath this color to provide a border for each letter? Would that be helpful?

Hedgemaster
07-10-2012, 10:22 PM
I think the great wall of China took less time to build. :o


I've narrowed down my designs, so hopefully I can get this ordered soon!




ETA: Awww crap. I have to save the file in another format - I'll post up some of the ideas later...

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 12:02 AM
OK, here's some of the variations, as well as a photo of the back window...


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/BackWindowPhoto.jpg



Note that these are not the correct color...


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/LetteringScreenshot.jpg



This is the one I plan on using...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/LetteringFinalScreenshot.jpg

It may get a few tweaks, and I need to check with Tony at 696 Signs to see if there are any parts of the design that could pose a problem, but I'm 99% sure this is the one.

I wanted to get really creative and use a HUGE oak leaf that covered half of the window, but I really need to keep the visibility out the back as good as possible. Even this design is a bit "more" than I had intended, but I'm hopeful it will still allow me to see my trailer when backing up.

On the image above with the six versions, the one in the upper right is my actual logo. I'm going to use that when I do the layout for the side windows of the truck cap. I have one design worked up for the sides that lists services provided. (In case someone was going to suggest that for the back)

Questions, comments, suggestions are welcome.

Godslapper
07-11-2012, 07:05 AM
Heres a little someting to think about. Here in good ol NY, you must have your name and a DOT # on your truck. It's the law. If DOT stops you and your not up to date you will get a fine.

If you have your name on your truck and your insurance co. finds out, they will dubble or tripple your insurance cost. They seem to think that if your name is on your truck it will some how cause more damage if you have an accident. If you have an accident and you are working while it happens and the insurance guy figures it out they will not cover you if you don't have your name on your truck and your not paying the proper insurance.

Godslapper
07-11-2012, 07:11 AM
By the way. Nice sign, good color I think it looks great. Is that the truck you use to pull your equipment around with ?

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 09:13 AM
The laws that apply to you in New York may not apply to me here in Pennsylvania.
Your "DOT" assumption is irrelevant here unless one's vehicle is over a specified weight limit. I am not.
Your "Insurance" theory has no bearing, as I'm properly covered, and "lettering" is not a factor - at all.

Do you see that little "PA" number? There aren't any illegals rushing out to pay good money to register their business with the state. THAT number IS something I have to have on my truck - as well as ANY form of advertising. That's the law HERE.

Steve
07-11-2012, 03:17 PM
I think that window graphic is looking outstanding and I can't wait to see it installed.

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 03:41 PM
I think that window graphic is looking outstanding and I can't wait to see it installed.

Thanks. .

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 04:04 PM
Ack. I just realized I posted a large view of the wrong one.

The one I plan to use is actually the one on the bottom, right.
NOT the one in the middle, right...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/LetteringScreenshot.jpg

The angle of the leaves is the difference.

Cashin H&P
07-11-2012, 04:37 PM
hedge this is a little of topic but, how do you like having a cap on your truck for work. What are the pros and cons. I love the lettering its not too flashy but still noticable in my opinion. I like that you went with the same color as the truck (or very similar) it looks awesone

myblacktruck
07-11-2012, 04:48 PM
I think they all look pretty good. The middle left one with the 4 leaves on it is the one I like best, but it's your truck you put what you think is best on it

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 05:20 PM
hedge this is a little of topic but, how do you like having a cap on your truck for work. What are the pros and cons. I love the lettering its not too flashy but still noticable in my opinion. I like that you went with the same color as the truck (or very similar) it looks awesone

Well, I don't know anything else, so it's hard to compare to working without it.
It was my daily driver and when I started this business, everyone said, "get rid of that cap", but while that may make sense for work, I still needed to use the truck for personal things, and I like having the cap, so it stayed.

Pos and cons are likely similar to the pros/cons of an enclosed trailer.

Pro - Everything can stay in the truck - no need to unload.
Con - Everything is in the truck - easy to steal everything all at once.

Pro - My tools are out of sight
Con - My tools can only be accessed via the back

Pro - My equipment stays dry
Con - The cap restricts what I can fit in the bed - hauling of brush, bags of debris, etc are limited because I have to pile them on top of my gear making things difficult.

Pro - I have additional area for advertising
Con - Without having my truck lettered, it does not look like a landscaper's vehicle to those walking/driving by (or to neighbors looking out windows)

Grass Doctor
07-11-2012, 06:35 PM
i like the firts one at the top at the rigth side of the page,

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 07:27 PM
I think they all look pretty good. The middle left one with the 4 leaves on it is the one I like best, but it's your truck you put what you think is best on it

Thanks. Yeah, it's not bad - I just find it a little "busy".
There were a few "falling leaf" ideas I had worked on, but while you'd think that it's a huge area to work on, it really isn't. It was hard to get the look I was going for.
Once you start trying to work around all the "buttons" and the handle, it makes designing a bit more tricky.

Hedgemaster
07-11-2012, 07:35 PM
i like the firts one at the top at the rigth side of the page,

Yeah, like I mentioned before, that's my actual logo.
I initially wanted to go with something like that, but the leaf is just so large that it's going to block my view out the back too much. That's the main reason I used "outlines" for the leaves on the final design.

I also wanted the "lawn service" portion to be a bit more readable from a distance and I don't think it is with that design.

Thanks for your input though.

I think I'd rather do design work for someone else. when you work on your own designs, you tend to be more critical, and when things don't work exactly the way you envision them, it can get quite frustrating. That's partly why it has taken me so long to get moving on this.

696 Signs
07-12-2012, 09:08 AM
Looks good! I dont see any issues with the layout.

Send me the file and I can reply with the quote.

Talk to you soon!

Tony
696 Signs

Hedgemaster
07-16-2012, 03:47 PM
I know you're done for the day, but note that I just sent you the file via email to the "tony@" address...

Look forward to your quote.
Keep in mind that I'm not working too good these days, so be gentle. ;)

Hedgemaster
07-18-2012, 06:37 PM
Woo-hoo!

Quote received and approved.
(Much less money than from the sign place I stopped at initially)

Like I said, every time I want to do this some emergency puts it on hold. Even now, I haven't been working due to the drought, but really, the price quoted was lower than I had expected/feared, so I'm getting it done.

Provided the color looks OK, I'll also get the side windows done.

I'll post pics of the install when it comes in. :)

xandrew245x
07-19-2012, 07:01 PM
Hey hedge, I thought about doing something like this to the back window of my truck or the tailgate. Are you just buying the lettering then applying it yourself, or are you having someone else apply it for you?

Hedgemaster
07-19-2012, 07:11 PM
Hey hedge, I thought about doing something like this to the back window of my truck or the tailgate. Are you just buying the lettering then applying it yourself, or are you having someone else apply it for you?


Ordering online, so I have to install it myself.
I think it's simple enough that I should be able to handle it.

Like I said in the OP, I was going to have it done by a sign place, before they gave me the runaround regarding the color I wanted. They said the installation would be $75. I'm still looking for the quote they gave me for the vinyl itself... it was WAY more than what I'm going to pay 696 Signs for this.

xandrew245x
07-19-2012, 07:16 PM
yeah, the vehicles for my parents business are all lettered, and man was it expensive.

Hedgemaster
07-30-2012, 07:32 PM
Vinyl lettering is paid for.
Can't wait for it to be delivered.

I guess I'd better start prepping the glass. I have a decal and a piece of velcro to remove.

I started tweaking some designs I had mocked up for the side windows. If the color of this lettering is good I'll be ordering the sides next.

I had someone ask me if I do this (mowing) "professionally" the other day. Just another reminder that you should have lettering if you're trying to get new clients. Without it, you're just some guy with a mower - how would anyone know otherwise?

Hedgemaster
08-08-2012, 09:16 PM
Tracking my vinyl lettering...

Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility - August 08, 2012, 7:07 pm - ROMULUS, MI 48174



"Romulus"?


Seriously? LOL!

Shields up! Arm Photon torpedoes!

Hedgemaster
08-10-2012, 07:17 PM
It arrived today. :)

Hedgemaster
08-10-2012, 10:16 PM
Here's how it arrived...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/20120810_174947.jpg



Unrolled and sitting on the table on the back porch to allow it to "flatten"...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/20120810_181841.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/20120810_181816.jpg



Application instructions, a few extra logos, 696 Signs promotional stuff, an "American Owned" sticker, and a squeegee (not shown) were included...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/20120810_195528.jpg


The only thing that is "wrong" is the leaves. They are supposed to be "line art"/outlines and not a solid shape. It may have been as a result of how I created the file. Not a huge deal - I'll apply and see how I like it that way.

Hoping to find time tomorrow or Sunday to install it. Should be interesting. :cool:

Hedgemaster
08-10-2012, 11:02 PM
I got all the 696 promo stuff with my shirts. Gotta love the drink coaster!!

I couldn't figure out if it was a coaster, or a small-scale sample of a mouse pad!

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-11-2012, 06:27 AM
Can't wait to see it once you get them on .....

Hedgemaster
08-11-2012, 05:56 PM
Teaser pics.


I put one of the small logos on my walk behind.


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_180350.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_180920.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_181458.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_181700.jpg



Sorry, the photos aren't the best - taken in the garage since it was raining.


Here's a better one...


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_182013.jpg


Looks pretty good I think.

It was easy to apply, but doing the big one on the truck has me nervous. I think I'm going to ask my neighbor for a hand doing it since it's so large.

I have two more of the small logos... thinking of throwing one on the battery box on the side of the mower too if I can't find somewhere else to put it.


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Ferris%20Vinyl/20120811_182151.jpg

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-11-2012, 06:38 PM
Great idea.....Looks awesome......

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 03:52 PM
Vinyl is INSTALLED.

Pics to follow.

:)

696 Signs
08-12-2012, 03:57 PM
Vinyl is INSTALLED.

Pics to follow.

:)

Awsome!
So how did it go?
Hows it look?

Tony
696 Signs

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 04:27 PM
Awsome!
So how did it go?
Hows it look?

Tony
696 Signs


It looks great except for one screw up. I knew the "lawn service" part would be tricky since it was so long and narrow with no way to "split" it like I did with the rest.

I hinged it across the top and after peeling away the backing the top edge "bunched" on me as I was pressing it down causing a crease. It's not horrible, and it can only be seen up close, but the perfectionist in me is bothered by it.

There are some "bubbles" here and there, but all are miniscule in size - nothing to be concerned about.

The color is good. It's not an exact match, but I was realistic with my expectations going into this and I will say that the color is "close enough".
It looks different from different angles. Sometimes it appears more silver and other times it appears more "tan".
Overall it looks pretty classy - much nicer than "white".

I have a crapload of pics I took of the whole process. Uploading now...

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 04:51 PM
I need to get outside and mow my lawn, but here are 2 pics of the finished product...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_164239.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_163636.jpg




I'll post up the "start to finish" pics and explain how I installed it later tonight. :)

bruces
08-12-2012, 05:11 PM
with your trailer loaded up ,or your invalid rack loaded up with equipment,are you going to be able to see it ?

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 07:01 PM
with your trailer loaded up ,or your invalid rack loaded up with equipment,are you going to be able to see it ?

"Invalid rack". ROFLMFAO!!! :D


I think the ramp of the MOBLITY SCOOTER CARRIER will be in front of the web address when folded up in transit, but not to the point where you couldn't figure out what it says.
I don't know about the trailer. I'll have to take a look since tomorrow is a "trailer day". I've also been contemplating a sign for the back of the trailer, so eventually, that will be a non-issue.

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 07:05 PM
Looks really good man. I know the little stuff bothers me too but in all honesty people arent going to be scrutinizing the lettering. It looks great in the pictures and that is what people are going to be seeing when passing by. Nice job.

Thanks. I'm happy that it looks the way I had planned it on "paper".
Sometimes things don't end up looking quite the same in person.

It's tough to know how big is "big enough" that the image will be readable from a distance. This worked well in that regard. I wanted the "lawn care" to stand out, and it does.

I may have to have that part redone though. That crease will make me insane.

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 10:09 PM
Here's the install...

(warning: LOTS of pics)


Start small. I figured I'd start with the easy stuff first to get familiar with the application process.
First is the "PA number"...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_135502.jpg




Temporarily tape with a small tab to line up vinyl. Measure from the bottom (straight) edge of the glass to the bottom of the text and once it is positioned properly, run a strip of tape along the top edge creating a "hinge"...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_142635.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_142707.jpg




To make application easier, cut the long strip of lettering into smaller, more manageable sections between words, or letters...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_143254.jpg





Lift one section and peel off paper backing exposing the sticky side of the vinyl and transfer sheet...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_143428.jpg




Using the squeegee (supplied by 696 signs with order) press out, away from center.
Since I've never applied vinyl before, I'm not exactly sure how hard to "squeegee", but I applied even pressure and worked over each letter multiple times, as well as lightly "burnishing" them to be sure it was sufficiently "pressed" onto the glass.

Note that I did NOT use the "soapy spray bottle method - I did it all "dry".

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_143902.jpg




Slowly peel away transfer sheet at an angle leaving the vinyl adhered to the surface...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_144013.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_144051.jpg


Repeat for text on other side...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_144258.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_145055.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_145232.jpg




Ta-DA! The easy part is completed successfully!

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_145418.jpg




Now for the fun part - the "big stuff"...

I knew that there was no way I could apply ALL of that at once working alone, so I started planning how I could tape it in place and then start cutting it into "sections", each with their own "hinge".

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_152305.jpg




Again, just use a few tabs of masking tape to help hold it while positioning. Be sure to line it up and measure at several points to be sure it is "level" before securing with more tape...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_152412.jpg




I cut each leaf from the main sheet and used the long diagonal edge for the hinge. (Note: use caution, as cutting against glass CAN scratch the surface. After my first cut, I slipped my ruler behind the paper and used it as a backing to cut against for the remaining cuts)

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_153116.jpg

Hinge applied...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_153332.jpg




I wiped the glass with a microfiber cloth right before application for each section just to be sure no dust got on the glass during the process...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_154450.jpg


Leaves applied...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_154952.jpg




The phone number was next...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_160249.jpg




Saving the most difficult for last I moved to the top to do the "Oak Leaf" section.
The two words were cut into separate pieces...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_161025.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_161859.jpg




I trimmed a bit more of the backing from the top edge of the "Lawn Care" section so I could run the hinge along the top edge without getting tape on the lettering above...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_162611.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_163408.jpg




Ta-da!

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_164123.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_163636.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_164239.jpg

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_172123.jpg




And now for a closeup of the "screw up". :(

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_163536.jpg

I was so mad. Everything else went smoothly, but this section was tricky due to its length. While laying it down, that end "fell" and adhered before I could stop it.


Well, there it is. It took forever to finally get around to doing it, but I'm really happy with the finished product. As mentioned, it's not the design I had initially imagined, but it's a good compromise between design and practicality.

I look like a legitimate LCO now and this can only help in gaining new clients.

Hope you enjoyed the show and for the love of God, if you quote this post, EDIT OUT whatever is not necessary! Nobody needs to scroll through this again and again and again just to see something like "Hey, that looks good!" typed at the bottom. LOL!

:)

SECTLANDSCAPING
08-12-2012, 10:36 PM
Looking official. I like the black contrast the tint gives it. I think I seen some dirt on the tailgate. Break out the WAX.

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 11:16 PM
Looking official. I like the black contrast the tint gives it. I think I seen some dirt on the tailgate. Break out the WAX.


Thanks. The color has great contrast with the window. Initially, I was concerned that it wouldn't stand out the way white does, but this is perfect.

Dirt?!! Oh NOZE!!! :eek:

Hedgemaster
08-12-2012, 11:21 PM
And since there aren't enough photos in this thread, here's one taken a few minutes ago during my midnight milk run...

http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Vinyl%20Install%20Rear%20Window/20120812_235307.jpg

:D

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-13-2012, 06:20 AM
That looks awesome !!! good job on the application.......:)

Steve
08-13-2012, 11:34 AM
I like it a lot. The truck is looking better and better!

696 Signs
08-13-2012, 11:34 AM
I think you did a great job!
Looks great.

To avoid the trouble you had with the "box w/ lawn service" would have been to apply the left (or right) half 1st and then the right half after...using a center hinge.

We are working on some install tips and tricks videos in the coming months which should help people install there own.

Tony
696 Signs

Hedgemaster
08-13-2012, 05:04 PM
I like it a lot. The truck is looking better and better!

Thanks!

It definitely stands out and is very easy to read from a distance.

I'm no longer "some guy with a truck and a mower"!!!

:)

Hedgemaster
08-13-2012, 05:07 PM
I think you did a great job!
Looks great.

To avoid the trouble you had with the "box w/ lawn service" would have been to apply the left (or right) half 1st and then the right half after...using a center hinge.

We are working on some install tips and tricks videos in the coming months which should help people install there own.

Tony
696 Signs


I couldn't understand how that is done. I understand the concept and tried to figure out how I could do it, but hinging it in the middle didn't make sense - how do you peel off the backing if it's taped down?

Would I have been better off using the "wet" method?

willshome
08-13-2012, 06:29 PM
I couldn't understand how that is done. I understand the concept and tried to figure out how I could do it, but hinging it in the middle didn't make sense - how do you peel off the backing if it's taped down?

Would I have been better off using the "wet" method?

Here is the way I did my lettering and yes "wet"
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Hedgemaster
08-13-2012, 09:48 PM
with your trailer loaded up ,or your invalid rack loaded up with equipment,are you going to be able to see it ?


I haven't been behind it while driving another vehicle, but looking at it today I think that for the most part you can see it just fine. The web address and "free estimates" may be partly obscured depending on the viewing angle, but the rest can be seen plainly.


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Truck%20Lettering%20MISC/20120813_125547.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Truck%20Lettering%20MISC/20120813_125841.jpg


http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Truck%20Lettering%20MISC/20120813_161436.jpg

bruces
08-13-2012, 10:21 PM
your stickers look real nice .What the hell is going on with the twin handles on your weedy wacjobby ?

Hedgemaster
08-13-2012, 10:41 PM
your stickers look real nice .What the hell is going on with the twin handles on your weedy wacjobby ?

I was born with three arms.

:D



I tossed it on there when I first used my hedge trimmer attachment since the "normal" handle is too far back for that purpose. It came from an old, junk Homelite trimmer that got tossed. It weighs next to nothing and isn't in the way, so I just left it on there. I'm glad I did, as it makes handling the hedge trimmer much easier, and I use it fairly often.

And thanks for the compliment.

Hedgemaster
08-14-2012, 09:41 PM
http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Truck%20Lettering%20MISC/20120813_133130.jpg


I just can't stop looking at it...


:D

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
08-15-2012, 07:00 AM
There's really only one problem I see with it though, The decals are great looking but I think they would look awesome on a Dodge !!!:D;)

Hedgemaster
08-15-2012, 06:15 PM
There's really only one problem I see with it though, The decals are great looking but I think they would look awesome on a Dodge !!!:D;)

I made that mistake once. It will never happen again.


"In order to assure you the most reliable service, 0ak Leaf Lawn Service is certified Dodge-free!"

:D

myblacktruck
08-15-2012, 06:26 PM
http://i1144.photobucket.com/albums/o483/OakLeafLawnService/Promotional/Truck%20Lettering/Truck%20Lettering%20MISC/20120813_133130.jpg


I just can't stop looking at it...


:D

I know I see that dirt spot on there too. ;) I'm just kidding truck turned out real nice good job

w0283767
08-16-2012, 09:04 PM
Hedge that looks awesome!!! I'm sure that lettering will pay for itself in new business in no time!!!

Steve
08-17-2012, 11:08 AM
Are you still using your business take a card on the side of your truck?

Hedgemaster
08-17-2012, 01:37 PM
Are you still using your business take a card on the side of your truck?

I will once I wash it. I took them off two weeks ago to wash the truck and forgot to put them back on. By the time I remembered, the truck had a layer of dust on it. I won't put magnets on a dirty surface.
I actually have three of them - one on each side and one on the tailgate. I move that one to the side closest to pedestrian traffic after I park.

I think that having the lettering can only increase the amount of cards taken.

If someone is walking up the sidewalk and sees a "blank" truck as they approach, and then sees the "Take a Card" on the side as they walk by, they have to process too much info in just seconds.

With the lettering, they can see what the purpose of the parked truck is as they approach. By the time they see the card holder they have already processed thoughts like "Hmmm... I've been meaning to get those shrubs in the back yard trimmed" and THEN they are presented with a convenient way to get the info that's on the back of the truck without needing to memorize it, or write it down.

(if that makes sense - LOL)

696 Signs
08-17-2012, 03:24 PM
A cool way would be to also have a QR code they can scan with their phone to add contact info to their phone or to email, call, or whatever you want.

(Yes, we print them also)

We are adding them to our ads to make it easyer on the client to make a call to us or pull a product up online and order.

Tony
696 Signs

Hedgemaster
06-26-2013, 10:11 PM
Hey Hedge hows the lettering holding up?

I'm not making this up...

Just TODAY I noted one of the small letters (website) has a corner lifting just a TEEEENY bit. I doubt it's the fault of the vinyl though - I'm guessing something caught it.

Everything else is fine. Looks as good as it did when installed.




Totally freaky that you asked TODAY.

Hedgemaster
06-27-2013, 05:04 PM
Heh. I just went to do an estimate for some hedge work.

The lady said she saw my truck when she was out one day and wrote the number down.


:)

Steve
06-28-2013, 12:09 PM
That is a great story. Have you considered scaling it up? Possibly lettering on the side of the truck too? Or maybe even a full truck wrap in the future?

Hedgemaster
06-28-2013, 06:02 PM
That is a great story. Have you considered scaling it up? Possibly lettering on the side of the truck too? Or maybe even a full truck wrap in the future?


I'm getting a quote to have a full-scale ZTR mounted on the roof as an attention getter.




:D

Steve
07-01-2013, 11:33 AM
I'm getting a quote to have a full-scale ZTR mounted on the roof as an attention getter.

Well that certainly would attract attention :)

I guess it would be something like this?

Hedgemaster
07-29-2013, 08:56 PM
I was mowing a lawn today when I noted a car that was stopped on the street.
It was slightly behind my truck/trailer and it appeared that the driver was writing on a paper.

I got a call a few minutes later for an estimate right around the corner.

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
07-30-2013, 06:47 AM
Hey Hedge....I was out your way over the weekend......

We were in Franklin and Seneca ( Cranberry TWP ) for the Junior League State Little League Championships...

My youngest son's team won districts and sectionals and made it to states !! :D

Nice area !!