Decals & Magnets

Decals & Magnets

Easy to apply and quick to produce — Decals and magnets are a great way to increase brand awareness, identify membership or parking privileges or properly identify products in manufacturing or retail spaces.

The types and uses of decals and magnets that we have produced over the years is numerous and varied — from vehicle magnets for commercial branding to small magnets and decals to promote schools and teams to intricate decals used to identify parts of machinery and installed during manufacture.

COMMON DECAL TYPES

  • Bumper stickers
  • Political decals
  • Oval decals for back glass of cars
  • Parking stickers
  • Water bottle decals
  • Decals for shopping bags
  • Static cling window decals
  • Reflective decals

COMMON MAGNET TYPES

  • Magnets for car/truck doors to identify a business
  • Refrigerator magnets for educational / information purposes
  • Business card magnets for refrigerators / etc.
  • Save the date magnets
  • Sports schedule magnets

Whatever your need, we can customize a solution to meet your deadline and budget.

White vinyl decals (economy – calendared): quickly produced (within 1-3 days if needed), full-color, outdoor life-span of 1-3 years.

White vinyl decals (long-term stability for metal and glass – cast): relatively quickly produced (5-7 business days), full-color, outdoor life-span of 3-7 years.

Clear vinyl decals (Large quantities only. Priced with white ink to make colors opaque.): takes more time (roughly 10 – 15 business days), full-color, outdoor life-span of 3-5 years.

Clear static stick/cling (Large quantities only. Priced with white ink to make colors opaque.): takes more time (roughly 10-15 business days), full color, typically applied inside the glass.

Reflective vinyl decals: relatively quickly produced (5-7 business days), full-color, outdoor life-span of 3-7 years.

Magnets (high-grade, 030 magnet stock): relatively quickly produced (5-7 business days), full-color, outdoor life-span of 3-7 years.

**note: standard size for vehicle magnets is 24x12, other sizes available, make sure the magnet will fit on door, without crossing an indentation/ridge. Magnets are priced per each, not in sets of two.

What is the process for getting a sign made?

We pride ourselves on both the quality of our work and on providing exceptional customer service. When having a decals or magnets made, the following list will give you a good idea of our process.

  1. Collect information to provide a quote:
    1. Size: inches, width x height
    2. Quantity:
    3. Consecutive numbering needed? (applies to stickers)
    4. Shape (applies to stickers): square/rectangle, oval/circle, contour/custom shape
    5. Provide artwork ready to print, or provide logo, text and info for design team. (artwork@portcitysigns.com)
    6. Identify deadline.
  2. With this info, we can provide a quote.
  3. Approve quote and place a 50% deposit.
  4. Design team will email a proof.
  5. Proof approval puts sign into production.
  6. Client will be called to for pickup or notified of shipping.
  7. Balance due at time of installation, pickup or shipping.

*We offer Net 15 terms to commercial clients upon request/approval.

What's the turn around time?

Many decals and magnets, depending on the type and quantity can be produced within days. Larger quantities and more complex requests take more time. Discuss your deadline with us and we will work to meet it.

What's the difference between Cast and Calandered vinyl?

Cast Vinyl

Cast vinyl starts in a liquid state and the ingredients are mixed together and then poured onto a casting sheet. This sheet travels along a long conveyor or moving web and through a group of ovens which evaporates the solvents, leaving behind a solid vinyl or film. This is wound up in large rolls and is later coated with an adhesive. This process allows the vinyl to be in a relaxed state, which results in a very thin and flexible vinyl that is conformable (hence an ideal product for wrapping vehicles with their complex curves).  Cast vinyls are more durable than calendered vinyl, with many cast products rated at seven or more years of outdoor durability.

Calendered Vinyl

Calendered vinyls (also known as intermediate or short-term vinyls) is a molten mixture that is extruded through a die, followed by a series of calendering rolls. This process makes for a thicker vinyl (3 to 6-mil is typical) and this vinyl has a memory which does not lead to it being dimensionally stable. Calendered vinyls are good for flat surfaces or simple curves. The calendering rollers will determine the appearance of the vinyl. In the same manner as the cast vinyl, this product is wound up in large rolls and later coated with an adhesive. Calendered vinyls are usually rated at one to seven years of outdoor durability (this depends heavily on the quality and grade of the raw ingredients). Calendered vinyls also will “shrink” more than cast vinyls.

How are reorders handled?

To move your re-order through our system quickly, email theteam@portcitysigns.com  the prior proof sheet or the job order/invoice number. Indicate you are looking for an exact re-order and you would like to bypass the proof. This will send your order directly to production!

What factors go into the cost of a job site sign?

Our pricing depends on a number of factors. The media type, creativity of the design, and complexity of the assembly.

What’s different about Port City Signs & Graphics?

Our professional designers are experts in large format print and sign design, which differs from standard graphic design training. Each member of our production team has more than 20 years of experience in this trade. Thus, when you choose Port City Signs & Graphics, you are choosing the assurance of quality, efficiency and professionalism.

How to apply vinyl decals

Cleaning Procedures

All surfaces are contaminated to some degree. To ensure good adhesion to any surface it is critical that you follow these recom- mended procedures to decontaminate and prepare the surface prior to any vinyl product installation.

1. Wash and rinse the area with liquid dish detergent and warm water (or use Glass Plus). DO NOT use Windex, as it has ammo- nia in it. Dry the surface with a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.
2. Finish up the cleaning process by wiping down the entire area with a 2 to 1 ratio mixture of water and Isopropyl Alcohol. To avoid recontamination during the final cleaning step, wipe the surface in just one direction, using a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.

Temperature Recommendations

Surface temperatures should be above 60 degrees F. Adhesive becomes brittle when it gets too cold and gummy when it gets too hot. Applications outside the recommended range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit reduces the adhesives’ ability to perform.

Application Procedures (for flat surfaces)

Dry Application

Step 1) Tape vinyl to surface with masking tape. Measure to ensure it’s straight/flat.
Step 2) Apply a single piece of masking tape along the entire top length of the vinyl to form a “hinge” for the vinyl.
Step 3) Beginning with the left side separate the application tape (top layer) from the vinyl backer (the thick solid white sheet). Be careful to not allow the application tape to touch the surface while keeping a taught grasp.
Step 4) Starting at the top make clean sweeps left to right, then right to left using a squeegee (or something with a hard edge) and working your way down
Step 5) Pull the transfer tape at a 45 degree angle slowly making sure the vinyl is sticking

OR Wet Application

Repeat steps 1 & 2 above
Step 3) Remove the entire liner. Make sure you do not let vinyl stick to the substrate.
Step 4) Spray the vinyl (the sticky side) with a mixture of water and Joy detergent (for 1 gallon of water, apply 3-4 drops of detergent). Or you can purchase, by the gallon, application fluid.
Step 5) Let the vinyl then fall to the substrate and using firm sweeping motions, left to right and then right to left, apply the vinyl to the substrate all the way down.
Step 6) Allow the this to dry approx. 15-30 min.
Step 7) Remove the application tape at a 45 degree angle (pull it back on itself).

Completion

Carefully inspect your installation for bubbles and imperfections. If you have a bubble that can not be easily removed with the squeegee, use needle or thumb tack and poke a tiny hole in the bubble. This will allow you squeegee out any air and flatten the bubble. Do not slit the vinyl to release the air. If the vinyl is slit it will spread or gap. The cutting or trimming of any stripe or graphic should be done using a very sharp knife and very little pressure.

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Very thorough and professional service from beginning to end. Great product variety and outstanding quality. A resource for any business.

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Excellent group of folks. Quality work. Superior customer service. We highly recommend Port City Signs. They have always taken good care of our business.

J Todd Turner

River Town Realty Group

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Wilmington, NC 28403

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