Application Instructions
Instructions for Vinyl Application and Magnetic Sign Care.


 Instructions for applying Vinyl lettering, graphics or "stickers".

Applying your custom Vinyl graphic is easy to do. Small "stickers" or larger graphics... the proceedure is the basically the same.
A couple of items you will need are; a tape measure (a cloth tape works best for curved surfaces), and/or a  level. You will want something to "mark" your target location, pieces of masking tape or a "grease pencil".  
There are two items that are helpful in the installation of larger lettering and graphics. I highly recommend a quality Squeegee and Vinyl Application Fluid.

Temperature Considerations:  
Surface temperatures should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit before attempting the installation. As a general rule, if the surface is "hot to the touch" it's over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Too Hot or too Cold makes installation more difficult. Applications outside the recommended range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit reduce the adhesives' ability to perform. 
Getting Ready...  Determine where you are going to place your graphic.
The fist step is always... CLEAN the surface. To ensure good adhesion to any surface it is important that you follow these recommended procedures to clean and prepare the surface prior to any Vinyl product installation.  

Wash and rinse the area with liquid dish detergent and warm water.  Then dry the surface with a clean, lint-free towel or cloth, I use paper towels.
Finish up the cleaning process by wiping down the entire area with Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or Rapid Tac application fluid.  To avoid recontamination during the final cleaning step, wipe the surface in just one direction, using a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.  You are now ready to apply the Vinyl.


Have a plan... take a little time to do your layout, measure and make guide lines with a grease pencil or pieces of masking tape to direct you to your spot. This is really important if you are doing it dry. I use a Cloth tape on curved surfaces (vehicles) to layout a "target" or location marks. It assures you are straight and exactly where you planned to place it.

Application Procedures: 
You can choose to apply Vinyl in one of two ways; "Dry or Wet". 

Applying Vinyl graphics
"Dry" is generally OK for small "stickers", however it does not allow for any mistakes, Once the vinyl touches the surface, there is no removal without damage to your Vinyl.  
Applying Vinyl graphics "WET" with Application Fluid allows you the opportunity to reposition it as needed for up to a few minutes. For obvious reasons, this method is recommended for beginners and preferred by experts. 
To apply Vinyl using the Application Fluid, spray your CLEAN surface thoroughly. Next, remove the paper backing, then spray the adhesive side of your Vinyl also.  An extra set of hands at this point is a good idea. Now simply apply your Vinyl to the surface and squeegee out the fluid, you can use a "credit card" as a tool.
Because Vinyl has a pressure-sensitive adhesive, a good squeegee is best for installation. The purpose of using a squeegee is to remove the excess fluid and/or air from behind the Vinyl, and to firmly press it down.  You should start the squeegee from the middle and work to the outside. 

Allow the vinyl to set for 5 to 15 minutes before removing the application/transfer tape.

 When removing the application tape, always pull it slowly, back onto itself, at a 180-degree angle, carefully watch that your graphic has adhered. If you should get a bubble that didn't squeegee out, it can be punctured using a pin. Do not slit the Vinyl to release the air. If the Vinyl is slit it will spread or gap.

Have fun with it, Derby      Questions? contact me



 Instructions for Derby Enterprises' Magnetic Signs.

Instructions for Care and Maintenance of your Magnetic signs.

 Storing Magnetic Signs


  • When not using your flexible magnetic signs, keep them in a clean, dry place.
  • Stack flat magnet on a level surface. Avoid placing objects on top that could damage the face; do not stack with magnetic sides facing each other.

 Preparing Magnetic-Receptive Surfaces


  • Before affixing magnetic sign to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats and waxes are cured (hardened). *
  • Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with a solution of water and mild detergent.
  • Wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air dry.

         * (Approximate curing times: paint - 90 days; clear coat - 60 days; wax - 2days)


Applying Flexible Magnetic Signs


  Cleaning Magnetic Signs


  • To guard against moisture and dirt buildup between the magnet and the metal surface (particularly on outdoor applications), remove the magnet at regular intervals and clean both the magnet and metal surface with mild detergent and wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air-dry. (For vehicle-mounted signs, remove and clean WEEKLY)
  • To protect fresh clear coat, base coat and/or vinyl surfaces on new cars and trucks, remove magnetic signs DAILY.                                       


  • If possible, affix to smooth, flat or gently curved metallic surfaces.
  • Make sure the entire magnet is flat against the metal surface (i.e., no air pockets).
  • If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface and reaffix. Do not pull the magnet across the surface, or it may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength.
  • Avoid use on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight (such as automobile hoods) or temperatures exceeding 150 Degrees F (66 Degrees C).
  • Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can result in uneven fading of the surface because the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet rays.
  • Avoid use on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding and repainted surfaces.

Derby is your Artwork Design, Vinyl lettering, special project, specialist - No job is too small! 

                     Please use these links to move around Derby's website

Gallery : Examples : Home Page : Contact Derby : Products & Services : Simple Sign Solutions  
Lettering & Stickers
 : Magnetic Signs : Custom Banners : Instructions : Application Tools : Share this Site


Copyright © 2006 - 2019  Ray Derby