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Taking Laser Engraving to the Next Level: How to Laser Engrave Your Own Car

If you’re a big laser engraving enthusiast, you’ve probably done some engraving on just about every surface you can think of. But did you know that you can laser engrave your car? This may not be a task for the faint of heart, and if you’ve just recently driven home with one of Cars.com’s People’s Vote winners, you might want to consider trying it out on an older model or a door from a scrap yard first. Either way, you should definitely make sure your engraving skills are up to speed before you embark on this challenging but rewarding task!

Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why on earth would I want to laser engrave my car?” Hear me out though, because laser engraving can be a wonderful way to decal your car with your own business logo, especially if you’re one of those proud business owners that has managed to integrate their business with their lives in such a way that you already have gone through temporary decals that fade or need to be replaced over time. So, if this sounds like you, let’s get started!

First, you’ll need to make sure that your model of laser engraver can be separated from the base plate/table where the work is normally stationed. A lot of people assemble their own engravers by hand, so for you DIY types, this will probably come easier for you. If you bought your engraver factory assembled, you’ll want to check the instructions (and maybe the warranty if any was given) to make sure this is a modification that you can get away with.

Once you’ve figured out how to separate the baseplate of your engraver, you’ll need to remove the door from your vehicle. If your doors are held in place with bolts or screws, you’ll need to loosen the top and bottom fixings, leaving one to hold it in place while a friend helps you out. Having them hold the door in place, go ahead and remove the last of the fixings and carefully lift the door out of the frame. If you have a check-strap or any wiring running through the door, this will need to be undone beforehand.

Once you have your car door off, you’ll want to apply red tape to the entirety of the surface of the car door that you’re going to engrave on. Anything that isn’t getting taped should be covered with tarp, which you can use the outer edges of the tape field to hold in place. Try and have at least an eighth of an inch in overlap between tape strips as you lay them down and be sure they’re flat against the whole surface. You don’t want to cut corners with this one!

Now you’re ready to place your door on a leveler. If you have a smaller engraver you can easily rig it up to sit on top of your car door and use it as the base, but if you have a larger engraver, you’ll probably need assistance with something like a hand truck to lift it into place. Just make sure it’s as level with possible with the engraver so that your image doesn’t come out wonky. Also, make sure your door is properly oriented! You don’t want an upside-down engraving on your door!

Now you’re ready to engrave! Fire up your engraver and let it do its job. Once finished, you can carefully start removing the red tape and tarp from your vehicle door. You may want to use a razor blade to help you with the smaller bits of tape left behind, depending on how complicated your logo is. When all is said and done, you should have a nice, matte black logo burned into your door panel! And the best part is, it won’t peel or scratch off!

 

 

 

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How Web Design Can Impact Your Business

In this increasingly tech based and internet obsessed world, tech savvy can often times mean the difference between a failing business and a successful one. That’s just one of the many reasons that web design is so important. It’s more than just being image conscious and accessible, it’s about staying abreast to the latest developments and keeping up with competitors. That being said good web design can cost a pretty penny and may take up a decent amount of your business’s media budget. However it can be incredibly beneficial. If your business has a functioning website then it’s off to a great start but you shouldn’t stop there! Designing a website that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing can take your business to new heights you never thought possible.

So let’s break it down. What is web design? Web design is the process of website creation. It describes a variety of aspects like graphic design, content production, and webpage layout. In summation web design is the act of well… designing a website! So how does this benefit your business? Small or large a good business needs a good website. If for no other reason than the fact that modern day consumers expect nothing less than for every business to have a website (or at least a social media presence) your business needs a website.

It may surprise you to learn that one of the many benefits of web design is building trust with customers. Trustworthy sites have a certain look and functionality that you just don’t see on scam sites or fakes. If you’re looking to turn your small business into a household name you need a site that consumers can trust. This means your site should feature secure browsing, safe data, popular layouts, functional designs, and helpful information. This will all work together to build trust for your business. Sites like Walmart.com and Kay.com feature easy to use navigation, high quality picture displays, and pleasing webpage layouts. Take a note when you’re surfing the web for the kind of business site you want to create!

Another amazing benefit of having a site with high quality web design is that it actually boosts revenue. A functioning website with top notch design allows consumers to easily access your business in ways they couldn’t before. Even if you’re not going to be selling your wares online a website is still beneficial. Websites offer amazing marketing opportunities, more visibility, and the ability to provide helpful information for consumers on your business. Drum up excitement for a new project by posting pictures of you working on it or you can feature information on your new location. All of these things are incredibly beneficial to your bottom line.

Speaking of your bottom line if you’re looking to save some money on web design a great way to do that is with the help of sites like Wix.com. They offer website creation services, templates, and 24/7 customer support so you can create your own site.

Now that you know some of the many advantage of quality web design, why not take advantage of them?

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