Most metal and smooth wood and synthetic material can be laser engraved. And some smooth wood and synthetic material can then be color-filled with a paint-like product. But when it comes to putting a color-fill on metal, you’re dreaming in the last century. It was possible to laser engrave and color fill metal at that time, but everyone quit doing it because of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Zippo was a leading company that used that process of color imprinting. It was a good way of imprinting, because the color couldn’t scratch off. It was in the debossed part of the design.
So, back to 2019, you can’t get a metal object like a Maglite engraved and color-filled. But that’s not a big problem, since most Maglites are made of anodized aluminum. The color of the aluminum shows through the laser engraving once the laser removes the surface layer of color. The Maglite then shows your logo as being whitish. Even if you order a gray colored Maglite, the engraving isn’t very noticeable, but the look is fashionable.
Another way of getting MagLites® with your Full Color Imprint is “full-color surface printing”. This technique was just developed in the last 10 years. Every printing company has its own name for this process. “Color Rich”, “Spectra Color”, and “ColorVast” are some of the trade names.
The original Promotional Maglights were made for type C and D batteries. Today, there are rechargeable versions, and models that use AA and AAA batteries. You are sure to find one that suits your needs. Your company logo will look great laser engraved on the barrel.
With modern printing technology, your company logo can be printed in full color
on a Maglite® barrel. Sometimes this looks great. But sometimes, depending on the barrel color and your logo color, we have to lay down a light base color, so your real colors will look vibrant. This way, a dark barrel won’t show through the light colors of your logo. The drawback of this, is that the base color imprint might show at the edges of your logo.
Full color imprinting will last forever, unless something sharp scratches it. For a permanent imprint of your corporate logo, I suggest getting your Maglite engraved using modern laser technology. Laser engraving is actually scratched through the anodized layer and goes down into the aluminum barrel itself. It can’t be rubbed off or affected by scratching.
Laser engraving is an art and a science. It requires a special laser engraving machine. Not all laser machines can properly engrave on anodized aluminum. Even if you have the right machine, you need to:
Try engraving some test pieces to find the right voltage
The right number of passes
The right position on the Maglite® barrel
The right size of imprint, so the logo doesn’t get distorted at the top and bottom edges.
Make a jig, so you can engrave all the barrels at the same exact place.
The best way to get a Maglite engraved is to find a professional engraver, and one that engraves Maglites® all the time. Of course, the internet is the best place to find such a company.
Giving a Maglite engraved with your logo is a great idea if you own a business. Your customers and employees will love it forever. Here are some tips to make your project a success.
Choose a reputable online Maglite® company that specializes in laser engraving Maglites and other high quality business gifts.
Find your best art file. The neatest art is vector art. Examples of vector art are .eps and .ai files. Sometimes .png and .pdf files are vector. This is the language that today’s best laser machines use. Don’t worry, if you don’t have vector art, the engraving company can convert your art for free, or for a very small charge.
Determine which Maglite® is best suited for this job. Maglites® also come in gift sets with Leatherman® tools or other tools or knives.
Order the right quantity, but add a few extra. You might decide later to use these as Christmas gifts for your relatives and friends.
Order early enough to meet your deadline. Production time is usually a week or
Good luck on using Maglites® as quality business gifts!
Promotional Maglites® (some people spell it Promotional Maglights, but that is an incorrect spelling) are the most famous flashlights in the world. When you have your corporate logo laser engraved on them, you have just made the perfect gift for your customers.
They are USA-made.
They are durable and dependable.
They can be put into gift sets with Leatherman® tools or pocket knives.