What will my vinyl graphics stick to?
Vinyl letters and graphics will adhere to most solid, non course surfaces. They can be applied easily to glass, metal, plexiglass, vinyl banner material, coroplast (plastic cardboard), magnetic sheeting, and painted metal. This is not a complete, list, but a starting point for you to consider.
I need my sign to be seen from X distance? What size do the letters need to be?

That depends on whether your sign will be read by people driving by or walking/standing. If they are driving by, remember they will only see the sign for 1.5-3 seconds. Here is a chart with some suggested sign letter heights. For vehicle lettering height, we suggest 2 inches, give or take a little to fit the width you need.

Letter Height
Maximum Distance
2" 60'
3" 100'
4" 150'
6" 200'
8" 350'
10" 450'
12" 525'
18" 750'
24" 1000'
36" 1500'
48" 2000'

 

How do I apply the vinyl graphics?
Applying vinyl graphics is really not that hard. Follow the steps below to get your vinyl graphics installed.
1. Clean the surface where the graphics will go. All surfaces are dirty to some degree, so this is one of the most important steps to follow. Warm water with liquid dish soap will usually do the job for you. Make sure to rinse well with clear water.
2. Dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
3. A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol is not required, but can help finish the surface prep. Just make sure it dries before putting the graphics down.
4. You can apply vinyl graphics in either a wet or dry method. A wet method will allow you to pull the graphics up and move them if you need. However, it is harder to get all the moisture and bubbles out of the graphics that way. A dry installation is not forgiving at all and you must have the graphics down where you want before you stick them down. However, the dry method requires less squeegee work.
5. The graphics come in 3 layers. From the back to the front: a backing paper, the vinyl, and then the application masking layer.
6. Place the graphics against the desired surface, with the backing paper still in place. Move it around until you get it exactly where you want it.
7. Use masking tape strips to hold the graphics in place.
8. Out one piece of the masking tape across the entire graphic, from top to bottom, down the middle line, or close to it. This will allow either end of the graphic to be lifted, but the middle is secure and the small tape strips on the other side of that line will help hold it in place.
9. On one side of the graphic, remove any small tape strips so that you can lift the graphic off the surface on that side, up to that main piece of tape down the middle.
10. Carefully lift that side of the graphic back to the main tape strip and pull the backing layer off the vinyl and masking layers. If the vinyl tries to stick to the backing paper, just "crimp" the paper a little to lift the edge of the vinyl.
11. While holding the graphic away from the destination surface, use a pair of scissors and cut away the backing paper close to the tape strip in the middle.
12. Use a squeegee working from the tape strip out to slowly push the vinyl graphics down. Don't pull the vinyl or push it down too quickly, or you will get air bubbles.
13. Once you have one side applied, remove the middle tape strip, pull off the backing from the other side, and repeat the process of using the squeegee to push the vinyl down, working from the middle out.
14. If all the graphic is down, come back over the entire surface with the squeegee, pushing it down solidly.
15. Carefully pull the masking paper off the graphics. Work slowly and pull the paper back at about a 45 degree angle. If the vinyl graphics try to pull up, just push the masking and graphic back down on that area, squeegee more and then keep going.
How do I use a wet method of installation?
The wet method is about the same except that before step 11, you lightly spray the destination surface with a mix of water, a drop or 2 of dish soap, and rubbing alcohol. When you use the squeegee to push down the graphics down, you will have to work over it several times and with patience to make sure you get all the liquid out.
How do I remove air or water bubbles from my graphic?
Small air bubbles tend to work themselves out over a day or two after application. Large bubbles will need to be popped. To pop an air bubble, use a squeegee to push the air bubble from the side. When it is firm, use the tip of a small pin to come in from the side and stick through the vinyl. Use the squeegee to push the air out the hole.
What should the temperature be when I apply graphics?
Graphics should be installed between 50 and 90 degress Farenheit. If the surface is hot to the touch, it is too hot.
What can I do if I don't have a squeegee?
You can wrap a credit card with a soft rag.