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Go Graphix: The “MAAC Daddy” of Tournament Graphics

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Springfield, Mass. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference named the MassMutual Center in Springfield as the site for the 2012-2014 MAAC Basketball Championships. Of course, the MassMutual Center is a world-class venue offering all the amenities, but because of the high profile nature of the tournament, they chose Go Graphix to handle their graphics needs.

To spruce up downtown streets and raise awareness of the event, Go Graphix produced 40 street banners. A giant 12’ x 50’ banner was made to hang out in front of the MMC for all passersby to see. Inside, Go Graphix produced and installed the court graphics, championship boards and numerous of signs and graphics.

Go Graphix is very proud of its relationship with the MassMutual Center. This beautiful 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena is home to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League and the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.

The MAAC is also represented in Springfield at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with an exhibit which positions the MAAC with the legends and history of the game of basketball. To accomplish this important project, 42 Design Fab called in Go Graphix to produce all of the graphics for the exhibit.

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Caring for Your Vehicle Wrap

Friday, February 24th, 2012

From time to time, you may find that small areas of your graphics will require attention. Although Go Graphix uses the best materials with the finest professional installation, in order to enjoy years of use it’s important that you properly care for your graphics using the following tips.

  • Always test any cleaning solution on a small, well hidden section of the vinyl graphic before applying to highly visible areas.
  • Wash applied vinyl graphics with a blend of mild car wash detergent and clean water.
  • If a spray car wash (avoid “Touch-less” spray card washes) is the only option, we recommend use of one where the operator can control the pressure of the spray hitting the vehicle. Be cautious of areas around door handles moldings, mirrors and glass.  Use a sponge or rag to soap and clean the panels. Be extra gentle with window graphics, especially perforated vinyl film.
  • Once you’ve washed the vehicle with a soapy water blend, rinse with clean water.
  • Either let the vehicle air dry or dry off with a micro fiber cloth. Once dry, for added protection, you may apply a silicone or Teflon based polish designed for vinyl vehicle graphics. (Read and follow product manufactures directions and suggestions for frequency.)
  • For snow removal, only use a brush.  Never use a scraper as this could damage the film.
  • If you see the film lifting or pealing back, please contact us for proper professional care. If you do not contact us it may prevent us from fixing the problem and void your warranty.
  • Do not apply carnauba-based wax over vinyl graphics.
  • Avoid rolling down windows that have graphics or lettering installed on them.

 

Pressure Washing:

Pressure washing should only be used when all other cleaning methods have been exhausted. Keep the following in mind while performing this type of cleaning:

  • Pressure washing can cause the vinyl graphics to lift around the edges and peel away from the vehicle if too much pressure is used.
  • Over time, pressure washing can degrade the face film causing the graphic to lose its luster, fade, crack and even chip away from the substrate.
  • If you insist on pressure washing, use extreme care when aiming the water spray toward the edge of the vinyl graphic. Sharp spray angles can cause vinyl graphic to lift. However, be cautioned that evidence of pressure-washing will null and void your limited warranty.
  • Absolutely under no circumstances should a turbo pressure nozzle be used when pressure washing applied vehicle graphics

 

Removal of Pollutants & Debris:

The following steps may be taken when normal cleaning procedures don’t work to remove difficult debris from your applied vehicle graphics:

  • Spot clean the area with Isopropyl Alcohol and a micro fiber rag.
  • Moisten a rag with a citrus based cleaner and naphtha and wipe down the problem areas.
  • Immediately after using the citrus cleaner and naphtha, rinse the area with water and soap.
  • Bring your vehicle to Go Graphix.  We’ll take a look at your trouble spots and determine what can be done to get your graphics looking great once again.

Perforated Window Graphics:

NOTE:  It is relatively inexpensive to replace window graphics. Never compromise safety. Always ensure maximum visibility.

  • Avoid using the rear windshield wiper and only use when absolutely necessary, as it will scratch the laminate over time and reduce visibility. It is best to clean any grime and sediment from your rear window with a wet squeegee to avoid scratching.
  • Avoid using your rear defroster, use only when absolutely necessary as it can potentially reduce the lifespan of the see through perforated window film.
  • Avoid frequent rolling of windows with graphics in order to avoid scratching.
  • Do not use an ice scraper on any window that is covered with vinyl specially perforated window film as it could scratch and damage the graphics.

Keep in mind that these are simple guidelines for extending the life of your window graphics.  In matters of safety, common sense should always prevail to ensure maximum visibility at all times.

Please note that any vinyl applied to the windows is only warranted by the manufacturer for one year. The reality is that it will hold up and look great for many years under normal conditions but it is only warranted for one year.

The preceding information provided is based on our knowledge and experience as well as that of industry sources such as 3M and Avery.  Please use the highest degree of care and common sense when maintaining your vehicle graphics.  When in doubt, always feel free to call us or have us look at any areas of concern.  Like you, we want your vehicle graphics to look great for many years.

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Presidential Graphics

Friday, February 10th, 2012

When President Obama recently visited the Rolls Royce plant in Prince George, VA, Go Graphix in East Longmeadow, MA answered the call to provide banners and backdrops. There isn’t much prior notice given for presidential stops, so, needless to say, producing numerous large banners and finishing them off in a day was quite a challenge.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy after touring the Rolls-Royce Crosspoint facility in Prince George County, Va., March 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
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Go Graphix Works Magic at the Boston Garden

Monday, October 10th, 2011

You decide… before Go Graphix wrapped the Wicked Good Cookies cart at the TD BankNorth Garden the Bruins were cold as, well, ice. The night the wrap was completed the Bruins commenced an 8 game win streak to take over first place… Mere coincidence? Or Go Graphix magic?

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Go Graphix Chosen for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts to surprise a family with the door knock that can change lives. Ty Pennington and the EM:HE team of designers surprised the Walker family of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The EM:HE design team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the Walker family, a new facility that meets their current needs and also honors son, Carl, in a positive way. The Walker family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood, while the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson, Jillian Harris, John Littlefield teamed with local builder N. Riley Construction, Inc. to build the structure.

Go Graphix was chosen by the production crew to produce and install all home interior graphics as well as outside sponsor banners and signage.

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Extreme Makeover Home Edition Chooses Hill Family

Sunday, June 21st, 2009
“EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” ORCHESTRATES LIFE-CHANGING EVENTS FOR A LARGE MUSICAL FAMILY WHO UPLIFT THEIR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE POWER OF SONG

On June 21, Ty and his team traveled to Suffield, Connecticut with special reason to whistle while they work – as “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in seven days rebuilds the small, fire-damaged and deteriorating home of the musical Hill family who give the gifts of song and inspiration to their community.

Known to local admirers as the “family choir,” the 13 Hill family members – William and Catherine along with their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews — have motivated friends and neighbors with their musical talents, academic achievements and selfless generosity. Cramped living conditions and sorely needed electrical, plumbing, roof and other home repairs have continued to take a backseat to helping those in need and providing a good education for the children. Five of the Hill siblings and cousins living at home are college students, and the family also scrimps and saves to provide medical treatment and care in their home for cousin Shamia, who received a kidney transplant from daughter Sonia.
Growing up in the housing projects of Hartford, Connecticut, William and Catherine Hill both dreamed of a safe and happy home brimming with their passion for music and education. Hard work and persistence made their dream come true – until the nightmare of a fire in 1993 damaged their small ranch house well beyond what insurance money could repair. It is now up to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to rebuild the Hill family with the home they truly deserve.

While Ty and the designers, local builder Pecoy Signature Homes and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Hill family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.

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We are honored to announce that Go Graphix has been selected as the exclusive graphics provider for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition season premier episode.  In addition, Go Graphix is a proud member of the Pecoy Signature Homes Lead Team responsible for organizing the build and community events.

“To put it mildly, we’re thrilled to partner with Pecoy Signature Homes to become the exclusive graphics provider for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  It’s an honor to have been chosen while humbling to be part of such a tremendous group of talented and passionate volunteers,” said Jim White, President and Partner of Go Graphix.   “What a wonderful experience… to help out a deserving family and to watch our community work together for such a great cause.  It doesn’t get any better.  Thank you for this opportunity to serve,” adds Gary Stone, Vice President and Partner of the firm.

Go Graphix and sister company, WhiteStone Marketing Group, have, from inception, focused on serving the local community.  WhiteStone Marketing Group brings top notch design and strategy to local business of all sizes.  Our graphics firm, Go Graphix, is the area’s leader in creative and strategic large format print solutions ranging from vehicle graphics, to trade show displays and signs of all kinds.  Both organizations are especially proud of the many young, smaller firms we assist in achieving their marketing and communications goals.  As we continue to grow, our success demands that we continue to serve and give back to our community, local schools and churches.

Go Graphix is responsible for all “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” production crew location signs, sponsor banners, tent signs, Braveheart March flags and banners, donor signs, Move That Bus signs and banners, and, at the show designers’ direction, indoor wall graphics.

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