Site signs are one of the best ways for a contractor to advertise. Here are some of the reasons site signs are so popular:
- Attractive and big enough to make an impression
- Easy to install at your job site
- Small enough that they can be moved to your new job
- Cost efficient advertising
- Can be used for years at various sites
- Custom built to meet your requirements
Having a sign in front of your construction site adds a level of professionalism to the job you are building. It advertises to the people in the area that are curious about the new construction and possibly looking to build in the same area. Unlike other forms of advertising you only have to pay for it once for years of service.
After your new vehicle wrap or graphics are installed they are going to need some care to ensure they last. If properly cared for your vehicle wrap should be great advertising for years to come.
1. Wash regularly: Keep your wrap clean and free from dirt buildup. Wash it whenever it appears dirty or about every two weeks. allowing dirt to build up can make it difficult to remove and can cause permanent damage.
- Rinse as much dirt and grime off as possible with a spray of water.
- Clean with a mild non abrasive cleaning solution like dish soap and a clean soft cloth or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry immediately with a silicone squeegee to avoid water spots. Finish with a microfiber cloth.
- Wash off difficult spots, like bugs splatter and bird droppings, by soaking with hot soapy water. Rinse Thoroughly and dry. If needed isopropyl alcohol can be used to soften and clean the spot.
- Do not scrub roughly or use abrasive tools, this can scratch the film.
- Do not use Automated Car washes that come in contact with film (brush type washes). Touch less car washes are ok.
- Hand washing is preferred over pressure washing. If a pressure washer is used keep pressure below 1800 psi and temperature below 180°F. Spray with wide angle spray pattern and keep the nozzle at least 1 foot away and at a 90 degree angle to the graphic at all times. Holding the nozzle at a angle can damage and peel the edges of the film.
2. Fuel spills: should be wiped off immediately, then rinsed and dried as soon as possible.
3. Storage: Wraps are designed to be used outdoors and are can withstand a degree of UV exposure; However, just like paint, prolonged exposure to the sun and outdoor pollutants will degrade the film. This is especially true for horizontal surfaces like the hood, trunk and roof. Whenever possible store the vehicle in a garage or shaded area. Dew and Rain can contain acidic pollutants that can, over time, discolor the film and turn it brown. If you are unable to park the vehicle in a garage consider covering it to avoid contamination.
4. Film Restoration: To keep your film looking looking its best the following these guidelines:
- On a Glossy wrap you can use high quality petroleum free waxes. Be mindful of the edges of the vinyl when applying wax and do not allow buildup.
- On Matte film clean with isopropyl alcohol diluted with 50% water. Wipe with non-abrasive cloths.
- Do NOT use any wax or product that contains Petroleum Distillates.
- Do NOT use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds.
- Do NOT use polishing or cleaning waxes.
- Test any product used in an inconspicuous area before applying to entire wrap.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Installing a vinyl decal can be a little tricky, but if you know where to start it isn’t too difficult. With the proper technique your decal will look great and last for years.
Clean the surface well and rinse off any cleaning residue. *Vinyl decals will stick to most surfaces but there are some types of plastics that will not provide very good adhesion.
Without removing the backing place the decal where you want it and hold it up with two pieces of tape on the top corners. Using a tape measure center the decal and level the bottom so it sits perfectly on the spot you want the decal.
Put a piece of tape across the entire top of the decal creating a tape hinge. Lift the decal up along this hinge line and remove the backing paper a little at a time from the hinge line down. As you remove the paper squish down the decal a little at a time with a squeegee or credit card. Continue squishing the vinyl till you reach the bottom of the decal.
Once the decal is applied you can slowly peel off the masking paper. If the vinyl decal comes up during this step squish it back down with your finger. If you have any large bubbles they can be popped with a pin. Small bubbles will disappear over time as the decal sits in place.
Many businesses and building are surrounded by grass or chain-link fencing, making this an ideal area for outdoor advertisements and for sale or lease banners. In grassy areas posts can be easily driven in the ground for banner install. Chain-link fences make a great place for banners as well. Since the wind can hit the banner from both sides the longevity of the banner will suffer, but a proper installation can help keep them up as long as possible.
Tools and parts required
- Your new Banner
- Heavy duty Zip ties
- Re-bar Wire or Fence Wire
- Steel Fence posts (for post install)
- Level or measuring tape
Start by picking the location you want the banner and look at it from a distance to make sure nothing is obstructing the view. Measure the place where you want the banner to ensure it will fit.
Step 2: (post install only)
When installing on posts you must first drive the steel posts in the ground. The outer 2 posts should be 4″ away from the banner so you can tighten the banner properly. For example a 4′ banner should have the posts driven 4′ 8″ apart at a minim. The inner posts should match up with the grommets in the banner and should be no further apart than 4′.
Starting with the top corner put a zip tie through the banner and around the post or one of the fence wires. Do not tighten the zip tie all the way.
Moving to the opposite corner level the banner and zip tie it as well, also leaving this tie partially undone.
Zip tie the two bottom corners loosely, then go around pulling all four of the zip-ties as tight as possible without breaking the ties.
Now that the banner is in place and held up by the ties its time to fasten it tight with the wire. Go around to every grommet and loop a strand of metal wire and twist it tight. For an area with little wind or a short term banner you can use zip ties in place of the metal tie wire.
Wind can make a banner install very difficult so it is best to do this on a calm day.
When finished the banner should be tight like a drum.
Banners installed where the wind can hit them from both sides are prone to rips and tears. Watch the banner closely and remove it immediately if part of tears free from the posts. If you want the banner to last along time it can be removed and re-installed between wind storms.
In Idaho Falls wind is quite common and sometimes very strong, as such banners installed this way have no warranty. A banner that is installed loosely or with a piece flapping in the wind can be destroyed in minutes in strong winds.
Vehicle magnets are a great way to advertise your business without permanently lettering you vehicle. To get the longest term use out them you will need to be careful how you treat them. If you follow these guidelines your magnets will server you for a long time.
The vehicle’s surface should be cleaned prior to installation, if possible a fresh coat of wax is ideal.
It is best to install when the magnet is near room temperature. Carefully align one edge and allow the remainder of the sheet to apply itself. Do not allow air pockets under the sheeting. Do not pull or drag the magnet to realign.
The magnet sheeting can be cleaned with a mild detergent. Wipe with a soft cloth and allow to dry. This will help to lengthen the life of the magnet and will help protect the surface of your vehicle.
Magnetic sheeting should be removed often to guard against moisture and dirt buildup. Daily removal is recommended to ensure all surfaces are clean and free of road debris. Dirt and moisture trapped between the magnet and vehicle can damage the vehicles finish.
It is best to store the magnetic in a clean and dry area. It is important to store magnet on a flat surface to prevent curling, the magnet has a memory and improper storing can permanently damage the magnetic sheet.
Note: Failure to follow these guidelines may cause damage to the surface and/or the magnetic material itself.
If you have any questions or if you need a vehicle magnet just let us know!