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I have been working on my school bus conversion for several years. I wanted to do as much of the conversion myself as I could. One of the things I wanted was a nice graphic design. I priced several companies and the prices were impressively beyond my range. A few even cost more than what I paid for the bus.

That's when the wheels started turning. Some may remember I started out with a vinyl plotter/cutter. I was thrilled with this accomplishment, yet I wanted more. I have a sublimation printer that I use in my workshop but it only prints letter sized prints. I tried piecing together a collage on the passenger side of the bus for two reasons. 1. I wanted to see what it would look like. 2. I wanted to test the durability of the prints. The images on the passenger side have been up for about a year and show no signs of fading.

But I wanted a full size graphic. I found a 13" X 19" Epson Photo printer for $20 at a Habitat for Humanity Restore and the race was on again. Next was to find a waterproof outdoor paper that size. I found paper (actually printable vinyl) at Papilio.com to fit my printer. It is also available in standard 8.5" X 11" and 11" X 17" sizes.

Step 1: Supplies

  1. An idea
  2. Graphic (the larger the better)
  3. Inkjet printer
  4. Waterproof printable vinyl
  5. A vechicle (or wall or anywhere else) to apply your poster
  6. Poster printer program (I used RonyaSoft)
  7. Optional (Aerosol UV Laminate Spray)
<p>Nice work sir! Good to see you keep working on your bus! Thanks for sharing!</p>

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