Tips & Advice
What is silkscreen printing?
Silkscreen printing is a stenciling technique in which a design is blocked onto a woven mesh fabric that’s placed above a substrata, and ink is rolled (squeegeed) onto the screen so that it comes through the uncovered design areas to print the substrata.
Offset printing is a printing method that puts images made of oil-based ink and water onto an etched metal printing plate, then transfers that ink imagery from printing plate to a rubber blanket set on another cylinder, and from there transferred to the page. It is better for high volume print runs.
Do print shops offer design services?
Yes, print shops almost always offer some design services, although they usually tend to be basic.
What type of printing services do print shops offer?
Print shops offer on-demand and short-run (small volume) printing services, which means they specialize in small to medium-sized simple jobs on a very quick (often same-day) turnaround. Usually those jobs require some level of customization (i.e. letterhead with a specific typeface and logo) or graphic design, but nothing too complex. Print shops specialize in producing logo/branded materials for small businesses, including basic sales and promotional handouts (sell sheets, posters, door hangers).
Types of printing processes
The types of modern printing processes commonly available are digital, offset lithography, flexography and gravure. The digital printing category encompasses inkjet and xerography.
How much does it cost to customize a car?
Every modification to a car has a different price tag. You have to factor in the cost of the parts and the labor involved if you are hiring someone to do it for you. Tires and wheels can be done quickly within just about any budget, but things like internal engine modifications can add up quickly. Elaborate paint jobs or custom body work can get very expensive, as well. You can get a budget paint job for a couple-hundred bucks, or spend $25,000 on an elaborate show-quality job.
What is performance tuning?
Performance tuning is making adjustments, performing tune ups, or anything done to the car in an effort to increase performance. Usually it is associated with engine performance to increase output for more speed. But performance tuning can also be done to exhaust systems and suspension parts and, in the case of racing cars, spoilers, which do not have any performance advantage until you reach very high speeds.
Is car customization the same as modification?
Modifications and customization are basically the same. Modifications made to your car create a customized car. If you modify your engine, interior, paint, or body, it is now customized.
Is car customization legal?
Yes. Customizing a car is completely legal--as long as the vehicle still adheres to the law. There are limitations, such as engine output, tire size, window tinting, body shaping, lights, and exhaust systems (both in carbon emissions and noise). For instance, you cannot drive a car around town that has been stripped and converted into a race car--it won’t have mufflers, turn signals, lights, and many basic components that make a car street legal. Know the laws and limitations before going all-in on customizing your rig.
What is a customized car?
A customized car is one that has had significant changes done to update t style or performance. Customizing can range from making an engine faster or perform better, to elaborate pain jobs. Lowering or raising a vehicle’s suspension (think lifted trucks or low-rider cars) is customizing, and even interiors can be customized.