How To Install Vinyl Lettering On A Vehicle?

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Vinyl signs for vehicles can make your car, van or lorry look fantastic. You can create colourful and exciting designs with vinyl graphics, these graphics can be used for business or even personal use.

It can be difficult to know how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle. There is a variety of different methods and instructions you can follow. However, you need to follow the correct instructions to guarantee the job is done right.


Here are some steps to follow when applying vinyl vehicle lettering:


  • The first step to take when installing vinyl vehicle lettering is to clean the surface. You want to remove any vinyl vehicle lettering that’s already present, and then clean the surface with a suitable surface cleaner, removing any leftover residue.


  • After cleaning the application surface, you want to make a fold in the vinyl vehicle lettering you want to apply, as this will make application easier. After doing this you need to apply masking tape to the top of the sign.


  • After you’ve positioned and applied the vinyl vehicle lettering, you need to pull the adhesive backing upwards and remove the backing off of the vinyl vehicle lettering.


  • After you’ve removed the backing, you need to carefully place the sign on the vehicle and then use a squeegee to transfer the vinyl onto the vehicle.


  • Finally, you need to remove the tape. You need to carefully pull upwards to remove the tape properly. After doing this you have successfully applied vinyl vehicle lettering to a vehicle.


The above steps will ensure you know how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle. Vinyl vehicle lettering can be a fantastic way to advertise your business, if you apply your vinyl vehicle lettering correctly then it can last for many years to come.



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Once you know how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle you need to ensure you do the job correctly. If you don’t follow the correct instructions or rush the project then your vinyl vehicle graphic could look unprofessional, and not have long-lasting durability.

Ensure You Clean Thoroughly

A clean surface is essential when applying vinyl vehicle lettering. If you are applying your vinyl vehicle lettering to an unclean vehicle, then the adhesive from the vinyl vehicle lettering will adhere to the dirt, and not the vehicle itself. Before applying the vinyl vehicle lettering you want to ensure you remove all dirt and grime from the vehicle with a detergent and water. Before applying the vinyl vehicle lettering make sure that the vehicle is completely dry.

Check Your Measurements

Once you’ve cleaned the vehicle thoroughly and it’s dry, you want to start positioning the vinyl vehicle lettering. Ensure that you’ve positioned the vinyl vehicle lettering correctly before you begin to install the vinyl vehicle lettering. You only have one chance to get this step right, once you’ve taken the liner off the graphic there’s no going back! Checking your measurements before you install the vinyl vehicle lettering is vital. If you rush this step then you could end up with the text being cut off or your vinyl vehicle lettering being applied into a contour, which would make the text impossible to understand and read. When the vinyl vehicle lettering is taped into position, step back and take a look at the layout. Ensure the vinyl vehicle lettering is perfect before you move onto the next step.

Use The Correct Tools

Using the wrong tools could have huge implications when applying vinyl vehicle lettering. Before you apply your vinyl vehicle lettering, you need to ensure you have the following tools at hand:

  • Tape measure
  • An air release tool – this tool will help with removing any air bubbles.
  • Masking tape – this tape is vital for positioning your vinyl vehicle lettering.
  • A Squeegee – a squeegee will help with applying the vinyl vehicle lettering.
  • A knife – a razor knife will help to trim away any excess vinyl.
  • A heat gun – a heat gun could become necessary if the application process becomes complicated.

Using these tools and following the correct methods and procedures will ensure your vinyl vehicle lettering looks perfect. Here at The Vinyl Corporation, we offer accessories such as squeegees and knives. Purchase these essential tools today!



What Type Of Materials are Used For Applying Vinyl Lettering To a Car?

When applying vinyl signs for vehicles you need to ensure you’re using suitable materials. There’s a variety of different vinyl’s you can use however, you need to ensure you are using the correct ones.

If you’re applying vinyl lettering to a car you should use an intermediate calendared film such as Oracal 651. You could also use a cast film such as Oracal 751  or Oracal 951. A cast film such as an Oracal 751 or an Oracal 951 will do the same job as a calendared film but will last a lot longer. Calendared films will also not tend to adhere to certain surfaces permanently. However, it depends on your personal preference and budget, when it comes to choosing the materials for your project. When you apply vinyl lettering to a car, materials such as a heat gun, knife, squeegee, masking tape, air release tool and a tape measure are essential.

These materials make the process of applying vinyl vehicle lettering simple. If you have the correct instructions and know how to apply vinyl vehicle lettering confidently, then there’s no reason your vinyl vehicle lettering won’t look perfect.


Are Car Decals Permanent?

Once you’ve learned how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle and completed your project, you might think to yourself is this car decal now permeant on my car?

Car decals are not permanent and can be easily removed. However, if untouched a car decal is a permanent form of branding. Car decals have an adhesive backing, which means that when you apply a car decal onto a car the adhesive backing permanently bonds the decal into place. A car decal can last for many years depending on the type of adhesive vinyl you choose. A car decal can be removed by following simple instructions, such as the instructions below. It is simple to remove a car decal and it’s not expensive either.

Vinyl signs for vehicles can be a perfect way to advertise your business, and vinyl signs also allow you to create stunning designs for your vehicle. Once you know to apply vinyl decal to a car then you create fantastic permeant designs at a low cost.


How Do You Get Vinyl Stickers Off Car Paint?

Now you know how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle, it can also be useful to know how to remove vinyl vehicle lettering.

  • Firstly, you want to clean the vinyl stickers and the area surrounding the vinyl stickers. You can use soapy water and a cleaning cloth to do this. Ensure that the area around the vinyl stickers is cleaned properly and that there is no grit or grime.


  • After cleaning the vinyl stickers and the area surrounding the vinyl stickers, heat it with a hairdryer. Using a hair dryer will release the adhesive in the back of the decal, this will make it easier to remove the vinyl stickers. You can use a heat gun instead of a hair dryer, but this could damage the car’s paint.


  • After applying heat to the vinyl sticker, start to scrape under the vinyl stickers by using a plastic card at an angle. Hopefully, you should be able to start to peel away the vinyl stickers. Remember not to use a razor blade for this process, as it could damage the car’s paint.


  • Once you’ve removed the sticker you need to remove the glue residue. To do this you will need to use a glue removal product. Apply the glue removal product to a clean cloth and rub it on the glue residue. Let the glue removal product stand for one minute to absorb and then remove the glue residue off with soapy water. Repeat this process until the glue residue has been removed from the vehicle.


  • Finally, wash the area where the vinyl stickers previously were. Remove any remaining dirt, and dry and wax the area. By doing this it will protect the vehicle’s paintwork.


Removing vinyl signs for vehicles is a simple process. However, you need to ensure that you take care with each step. If you rush the process of removing vinyl stickers from your car then you can easily damage or scratch the paintwork of your car, which can be expensive to fix. Be patient and take your time removing vinyl stickers.


If you would like any further information on how to put a vinyl sticker on a car then please get in touch with us today. You can get in touch with The Vinyl Corporation by using our contact form, by emailing us at: or by calling us on: 0115 930 1133. We would be more than happy to help you learn how to apply vinyl graphics to a vehicle.


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