How to Save Money by Making Your Own Sign

In the sign industry we commonly refer to the material that the sign is made out of as the substrate. Examples include, wood, vinyl banners, aluminum, coroplast, etc. But what many customers do not realize is that they can purchase vinyl lettering or vinyl decals and apply them directly to typical substrates themselves. Translation ? saving money by buying blank substrates inexpensively at local hardware stores such as Home Depot and Lowes and avoiding the prices sign companies need to charge to apply the material. Although you do pay tax by buying locally on the substrate, you can save tax on the vinyl by ordering over the internet.

What are vinyl letters and/or vinyl decals? They are letters (or images) that come prespaced according to customer specifications as words, phrases, or sentences on pre masking tape. The lettering is self adhesive and by removing the paper backing, they can be applied directly to almost any substrate, car, boat, truck, windows, snowmobiles, jet skis, vans, store fronts, etc. Make sure the surface is extremely clean and free of dust or lint. Once the lettering or decal has been aligned, simply rub over the masking covering the vinyl and then remove it. The result will be perfectly spaced lettering or a decal designed as ordered with a professional look. Most sign companies will allow you to purchase multiple lines of vinyl lettering with the spacing between the lines defined by you. You can also usually obtain a combination of vinyl lettering and images on one decal.

Another tack you may wish to consider is to have the entire sign printed on vinyl made to fit the substrate you prepurchased (with a small bleed of additional vinyl to wrap around the sides). We must caution you that this is a bit trickier to apply than vinyl lettering, but problems can be overcome with care and some suggestions. When applying the vinyl to the substrate, remove the paper backing about two inches at a time, align, and then press or roll it on the surface. We recommend a roller for the application (roller applicator). Once the first part is properly aligned and applied, remove another two inches of the backing and proceed in this manner with the rest of the sign. Another trick is to moisten the substrate so you can move the vinyl if you accidentally align it improperly when first applied. The water prevents it from adhering permanently for a few seconds.

When you apply vinyl, it is inevitable that you will run into the "bubble" problem. Tiny bubbles of captured air will form under the vinyl. Usually these can be worked out with the roller but in some circumstances, they will remain. A blow dryer (not too hot) can be used to heat the vinyl up so that the air can be rolled out easier. Under some circumstances if the bubble is large, the vinyl can be heated and the bubble punctured with a pin (careful here ? only a tiny hole is needed). Be careful not to heat the vinyl too much because it can permanently deform it.

Recently, a new product has been introduced which enables the vinyl to be adjusted if it is pressed on but incorrectly aligned. The adhesive does not seal permanently for a few hours after it is applied. The material is a bit more expensive but well worth it if you are inexperienced. Don't feel bad. I know many sign companies that are now going to the easy stick vinyl to avoid large overhead costs caused by mistakes with the old permanent seal vinyl.

Article written by: Tony Nagy
Email: [email protected]
To learn more about Magnetic signs and other types of signs please visit http://designasign.blogspot.com/
to purchase Magnetic, Vinyl and just about every type of sign imaginable visit http://www.designasign.biz

In The News:


HackeD

hey admin thIS website Is HaCKEd by Unkn0wn_hax0r... Read More

Advertising: 10 Powerful Secrets To Help You Sell Your Ad Space Like Crazy

If you want to sell more ad spaces, you must... Read More

Marketing Tips - Advertising

Typical methods of advertising-newspapers, radio and television are effective if... Read More

Electronic Score Boards

Wide range of electronic Key venues around the globe has... Read More

Cross Cultural Advertising

"Culture is a like dropping an Alka-seltzer into a glass... Read More

Understanding Internet Banner Advertising

Banner advertising is an effective way of getting your advertising... Read More

80% of All Advertising Is Wasted Due To This Common Mistake

You're flipping through this publication as you wait for your... Read More

The Internet and Beyond - 12 Tips on Writing Better Brochures

Every year thousands of online businesses fail. None of them... Read More

Getting the Most Out of Your Networking Group

Here is my personal list of things to do at... Read More

What Makes A Winning Online Ad?

Most people who have been involved with sales & marketing... Read More

Print Your Marketing Postcards For A Penny, Address Them For Free, and Automate the Whole Process

This article will show you how to cut your printing... Read More

What Makes Advertising Successful?

MANY INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS COME INTO PLAY MAKING A SUCCESSFUL AD:... Read More

Joint Ventures Increase Profits Quickly

A joint venture is when two or more businesses join... Read More

Cable TV Advertising; Mobile Detailing Customers

If you own a mobile detailing business or mobile car... Read More

Secrets to Get Free Advertising

The opportunities to get free advertising for your product or... Read More

Secrets of Getting Free Advertising

The opportunities for getting free advertising for your product or... Read More

Predictions for 2010

2005 puts us at the mid-point of the first decade... Read More

Seven Ways to Kick Up the Power of Your Print Advertising - More Small Business Power Tools

If you're a retailer and the only kind of advertising... Read More

16 Methods for Getting Free Advertising

1. Place copies of your circular on bulletin... Read More

How to Make a Fortune from Unique Resistance-free Advertising

One of the most powerful offers you can use in... Read More

LED video Displays

LED video displays give you the power to communicate, to... Read More

Create Your Dynamic Elevator Speech

So, what's an elevator speech, and how do you get... Read More

Trade Writing - For Cash!

Often considered as "plain Jane's" of the print world, trade... Read More

Advertising That Annoys: The Real Story

Critics conclude that entertaining or "creative" commercials sell better than... Read More

Marketing Advertising, While Advertising Your Market!

Today in the Business world whether online or off, it... Read More