I was reminded this weekend by one of the best people in the world that so many times, to so many clients, that nothing is more important than the banners on the stage. And he was right. But so many times we do banners so wrong. So here is some help with helping to make sure they go right. Cut sheets for all the major Stage Line products are below. And many thanks to Ron Simpson of RCS for putting up with me for the last 30 years and for showing me that if everything else is wrong, at least the banner should be right.
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as a side note: make sure the crew setting up the stage has the banners immediately when they arrive. (and the trick line and the zip ties and any ballast that you have ) Trust me, it’s better in the end when the crew has all the stuff they need and knows what is expected to start with.
Ten notes on banners:
1) Make them slightly shorter. If the banner spec says 40′ x 4′, make it 39′ 10″ x 46″. This allows the fabric to be tensioned (aka: they look better if they are tight)
2 ) Blow through is better. Not only does it let the wind pass, but it lets the sound pass.
3) Bring tie line. It allows you to make knots that zip ties do not allow.
4) a 2″ pipe has an OD of about 6.75″. allowing 2″ for the tail, you need at least 9″ of zip. We like 11″ zip ties
5) Grommets on all sides about 1′ apart. you might not need the side ones, but when your top gets ripped apart it gives you a plan “B”
6) Get the edges backed up with cloth tape. If the banner company doesn’t have that, then use some one else.
7) Get the banners early and check them in time to make corrections. If you check, nothing will be wrong. If you hand the banner to the top guy, and think he will know your sponsors name is missspelled…… well you will not have that sponsor againz.
8) Assign one team on your staff to be in charge of banners. Think about it. Nothing matters but the banner and you just turned your most important detail over to who?
9) Dull finishes do not glare.
10) Ballast, Ballast and Ballast. the larger the side banner, the more you need. If you do not have ballast, or your stage person does not ask you about ballast, then ask me for a quote. Side banners need ballasts or the need special attention.
11) Stage Line SL320 Banners should be made to fly in and out. And plan on dropping them before the wind gets to 20MPH. Make sure who ever is in charge is aware that they need to drop banners before 20MPH. This is to save the banners, not the stage. The wind will remove them between 17MPH and 25MPH SL320’s really really really really need ballasts for the banners (or some plan for the bottom).
12) Look at the banners early in the day. Before they go up. Really look.
Phillip Smith had lots of banners made here, and they did good:
I like to send people to here: Graphics Central
Here are the banner sheets for
Stage Line SL100sl100-brochure
Stage Line SL250 SL 250 PDF
More Stage LIne SL250 information: sl-250
Stage Line SL255 mobile stage info: sl255_en
Stage Line SL260 : 3-sl260_productbrochure_dec2016
Stage Line SL320: 11-sl320_tech-drawings_
Feel fee to call or email if you have any questions, or if I missed something or if I need to add or edit anything. Thank you, Bill Hanawalt 404-456-7538