From time to time, we will be adding some helpful tricks of the trade. This page will help you learn how to apply graphics, keep your signs looking nice and keep them lasting for years. If you have any suggestions, please email us and we will consider adding them to our site.
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Applying Vinyl Decals:
Why rewrite the book when there are so many nice tutorials online that we can point you to. Here is a great link with a step by step guide for applying vinyl using every method that we use here at the shop. There are even pictures that show you each step during the process. Click http://www.directdecals.com/application-tutorials.htm to go to the vinyl application tutorial site. You can also check YouTube for some great instructional videos.
Removing Vinyl Decals:
Vinyl graphics are fairly easy to remove. Most can be peeled off using just your hands. The following are tips for stubborn vinyl decals. If your graphics have been in place for a while, you should first warm the vinyl using a hair dryer. Use a razor blade to peel back the edge of the vinyl graphic. This is NOT recommended for vehicles, as razor blades can cut the paint. Once you have pulled up the edge of the vinyl, you can use your hand to pull the rest of the vinyl graphics off. To remove adhesive residue, we recommend using Goo-Gone adhesive remover or a similar brand.
Magnetic Sign Care Tips:
When not using your flexible magnetic sign, keep it in a clean, dry place.
- Store your rolled magnetic sign on end with the printed or vinyl side out.
- When storing flat, be sure your magnet is on a level surface. Avoid placing objects on top that could damage the face; do not stack with magnetic sides facing each other.
Preparing Magnetic-Receptive Surfaces
- Before affixing your magnetic sign to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats and waxes are cured (hardened).*(Approximate curing times: paint-90 days; clear coat-60 days; wax-2 days.)
- Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with mild detergent.
- Wipe with a soft cloth or allow to dry.
Applying Magnetic Signs
- If possible, affix to a smooth, flat or gently curved metallic surfaces.
- Make sure the entire magnet is flat against the metal surface (i.e., no air pockets).
- If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface and re-affix. Do not pull the magnetic sign across the surface, or it may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength.
- Avoid use on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight (such as automobile hoods) or temperatures exceeding 150 degrees F.
- Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can result in uneven fading of the surface because the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet rays.
- Avoid use on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding and repainted surfaces.
Cleaning Magnetic Signs
- To guard against moisture and dirt buildup between the magnet and the metal surface (particularly on outdoor applications), remove the magnet at regular intervals. Clean both the magnet and metal surface with mild detergent; wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air-dry. (For vehicle-mounted signs, remove and clean WEEKLY.)
- To protect fresh clear coat, base coat and/or vinyl surfaces on new cars and trucks, remove magnetic signs DAILY.
Proper use and care will extend the life of your magnetic sign and protect the metallic surface to which it is applied.