FAQs

What do we need to provide for a quote?

To make the quoting process, and the turnaround of your entire project quick and easy, we like to have the measurements for the project and any artwork that you have for it. Our preferred formats are: .PDF, .EPS, .PNG, and .JPG, as well as any Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign files you may have.

 

What types of payment do you take?

We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit cards, as well as cash and checks. We do not accept American Express.

 

Are you available on the weekend?

We are available on the weekends by appointment only.

 

How accurate is the color?

A 6 color CMYK +LC +LM does not match SWOP inks exactly, so output is not identical to what comes from offset printing. Pantone (PMS) color matches are not guaranteed, but the color range SpeedPro can reproduce is within 95% of the CMYK Pantone standards. If PMS colors are critical, SpeedPro offers process color matches within 90-100% of specified colors. SpeedPro recommends hard proofs which can be requested and produced at a nominal fee.

 

Can you color match a logo?

Yes and the best way to ensure that we match your color correctly is by using a PANTONE Matching System, the primary color space used in the printing industry. Since the appearance of the color you want can vary when used on a different medium, the PANTONE color matching system guarantees that the color you want appears the way you want.

 

How do I upload files?

You will see a file upload button on the Contact Us and Working with SpeedPro pages for the individual studio location you choose to work with.

 

Where can I find high-resolution images?

IStockphoto.com, GettyImages.com and Shutterstock.com

 

 

How long does a print last?

Depending on the substrate used and extreme environmental conditions, SpeedPro produced graphics can last indefinitely under indoor conditions. Outdoor applications, such as banners, can last several years, depending on finishing options like over laminates. All SpeedPro inks are UV-resistant.

 

 

What services does SpeedPro Akron provide?

Full Color Printing, Lamination, Mounting, Finishing, Graphic Design, Window Graphic Installation, Wall Graphic Installation, Decaling, Pantone Color Matching & Proofing, Custom Job Requests, as well as Stands & Displays.

 

 

What is a vehicle wrap?

Vehicle wraps are a new, innovative approach to advertising your business. They act as a moving, 3D billboard and work 24 hours a day to create awareness for your company and to reach out to new customers.

A wrap is a large vinyl graphic or decal. The graphics are printed on this vinyl, which is designed specifically for vehicle graphics, and then typically laminated with a protective coat that gives a final gloss, matte, or luster finish.

The vinyl is applied directly over the original paint of the vehicle and it actually helps protect the paint.

A wrap is easily removed even after several years to return the vehicle to its original condition.

 

 

How much do vehicle wraps cost?

Four factors determine the cost of a wrap:

  • The amount of material required (specific vehicle/coverage)
  • The amount of design time and photo acquisition required
  • The complexity (or simplicity) of installation
  • The quality of the vinyl and laminate (will affect the longevity of the wrap)

Wraps can cover the entire vehicle or you can opt to cover only specific areas of your vehicle. Anything less than a full wrap is normally called a “partial wrap.” A common partial wrap begins at the driver door and goes all around, with no graphics on the roof, hood, or front quarter panels. Often a logo or other graphics is installed separately on the hood and doors. With some tall vehicles, it is not an effective investment to cover the roof; however, the design needs to consider this as the underlying paint color needs to be considered. The most valuable space is the rearview of the vehicle as this is viewed as a ‘constant’ by vehicles behind and can thus be read and make a greater impression. A typical full wrap on a car is $2,500 to $3,000. The price of a partial wrap would be proportional to a full wrap.

No matter the conditions, SpeedPro graphics are made to last. All of our vehicle wraps are printed with premium, outdoor-durable, and UV resistant inks on high-quality 3M media and installed by an experienced professional.

 

 

Does a vehicle wrap damage paint?

In most cases, vehicle wraps will not damage factory paint jobs. Typically, the wrap will actually protect your paint and leave it in far better condition had you not wrapped the vehicle. It is important to talk with us and pre-test your paint job prior to wrapping with vinyl. Paint in poor condition may peel when vinyl is removed. New paint needs several weeks to cure before a wrap is installed.

 

 

Can you take a wrapped vehicle through a car wash?

Automated car washes Brush-type car washes are not recommended as they can abrade the film and cause edges to lift or chip, as well as dulling the film’s appearance.

  • Brushless car washes are acceptable.

Pressure washing

Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions:

  • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
  • Keep water temperature below 80*C (180*F).
  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
  • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.

Important Note! Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the graphic may lift the edges of the film.

 

 

How are vehicle windows covered?

You can see through window graphics that are printed on perforated window film, “Window Perf”. Window perf vinyl is perforated with very small holes that allow you to see out. It also gives you the benefit of acting as a tinting to reduce heat in your interior and to prohibit people seeing into the car (which can be a security benefit for many businesses).

From inside the vehicle, visibility is similar to regular window tint. From the outside, the graphic is visible. We use an optically clear over-laminate on all window perf. This keeps dirt from settling into the holes and allows water to flow over the perf more easily, which helps visibility in the rain.

 

 

Can I wrap a vehicle myself?

Installing a vehicle wrap is a difficult process that demands a high level of expertise. Unless you have been trained (YouTube isn’t sufficient) and have experience installing a wrap, you will not be happy with the wrinkles and bubbles which are almost certain to happen, particularly on complex curves. This is why we require all of our installers to be professionally trained and certified.

 

 

What accreditations does SpeedPro have?

SpeedPro has a partnership with 3M. This direct relationship allows SpeedPro access to significant resources and better pricing than other large format printers.

SpeedPro Akron North

Studio Owner

Gerald Stout

Hours

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