The use of custom vinyl wall graphics is an excellent way to present critical information, promote your company, or personalize your space. Use permanent or removable materials to make a beautiful image or sign that can be applied to any surface. Permanent materials are recommended for long-term use.
Because creating a vinyl design can be challenging, we’ve put together this guide based on queries and concerns raised by past customers. Here are some pointers and strategies to help you achieve the best outcomes possible.
Designing Your Decal:
Our design staff can work with PDF, A.I., or EPS files to create your decal design. Upload your vinyl graphic design in either of these file types to our customer quotation form to receive a quote for your vinyl graphics. Printing your art file in vector format is required in order for it to be correctly printed. When it comes to vinyl graphic decals, file formats such as JPGs and PNGs will not function.
If you require assistance in converting your design into a vector file, please visit our partner site, 99 Designs.
One side of your design must have a maximum dimension of 44 inches on one side “or even less. Our printers have a 44- inches page capacity. As a result, one side of your design must be smaller than this, either in height or width, or both.
Your vinyl graphic decals must have a minimum thickness of 1/8th inch at their thinnest point. Detail parts of a graphic vinyl design that are thinner than our cutting machine cannot cut 1/8th inch since it is too narrow.
Placing an Order:
In order to get started, just fill out our personalized quotation form on our website. Please send your artwork to the form if you have it ready to go. Within 1-2 business days, one of our sales professionals will contact you to confirm the data and give an estimate for your consideration.
The die-cut lines and other production details will be included in the proof that will be provided to you. Once your order has been authorized, it will be printed, and an invoice will be sent.
Applying Your Vinyl Graphic Decal:
Your design will be printed onto white vinyl decal material, which will then be trimmed around the perimeter of the design. During the process, the wasted area will be peeled away and removed, leaving just the parts of your design on a waxy paper backing to be preserved.
Once your design has been placed, a masking layer is put over the top of it to ensure that your vinyl image is protected on both the front and back sides. This is the method via which your decal will be delivered.
To apply this decal, start by ensuring the surface you’ll be putting it on is clean and free of moisture. We suggest wiping down the surface with a towel after cleaning it.
Once the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, carefully peel the waxy paper backing away from the vinyl graphic sticker, revealing the adhesive side of the decal. Your design should remain adhered to the masking tape.
Place the decal adhesive side down on the area you’ll be applying it on and smooth it out with your hands to ensure a smooth application. The masking should still be put over the top of your decal design to keep it from being seen.
Smooth the decal out using the edge of a credit/debit card or any thin, hard object. The most effective way is to start at the center of your design and continually push outwards towards the borders of your pattern.
Using a gentle peeling motion, begin at one edge and work your way carefully in the other direction until all of the bubbles have been smoothed out. Your vinyl graphic decals should be able to adhere to the surface they are applied on.
Other Tips and Tricks
In addition, graphic vinyl decals perform best on smooth, hard surfaces like glass, plastic, and polished wood surfaces. They are also suitable for use on metal surfaces such as plexiglass or fiberglass, as well as doors and painted walls.
This product is not suggested for use on unfinished walls or drywall, masonry, or abrasive surfaces like cement, among other things.
When used on automobiles, vinyl graphic decals with removable adhesive are entirely safe for use and will not harm the paint.
When putting vinyl graphic decals that are larger than 3′ by 3′, we suggest that you enlist the assistance of a second person.
They are available with permanent or removable adhesive. However, they are not repositionable like other types of graphic decals.
The History of Vinyl
Unlike most discoveries, the discovery of PVC occurred purely by coincidence. Eugen Baumann had made the mistake of accidentally leaving a flask of vinyl chloride out in the sun (as chemists are wont to do). As a result, a white solid polymer had formed inside the chamber. Unfortunately, even though Baumann was a well-known scientist and professor at many German institutions, he never filed a patent application for his invention of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Later, two scientists at a German chemical business named Griesheim-Elektron attempted to shape the material into commercial items but were unsuccessful due to the substance’s difficult processing. It wasn’t until American inventor Waldo Semon came up with the idea while working for the B.F. Goodrich Company that the versatility of PVC was fully investigated and appreciated.
The scientist was first tasked with developing a new synthetic rubber for Goodrich, an Ohio-based manufacturing business specializing in automotive tires production. (The Goodrich Corporation grew to become one of the world’s biggest tire and rubber producers before spinning off its tire division to concentrate on aerospace and chemical production.)
In 1926, Semon started working with vinyl polymers, a material that was well recognized at the time but was largely regarded as ineffective by the scientific community. His obituary in The New York Times in 1999 said that he had just recalled in a recent interview that “many believed it was useless back then.” “They’d toss it in the garbage,” I said. But, of course, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.