Welcome to Our Vinyl Lettering Buyer’s Guide
Below you will find a helpful guide in the application, removal and helpful hints to help you size your lettering correctly. If you need any additional assistance please give us a call or leave us a comment below.
Application Surface for Vinyl Lettering
Lettering projects can be done in vinyl on a number of different surfaces ranging from metals and tiles to wall texture, painted cinder block and wood. Vinyl lettering and wall decals are commonly used as business signage on windows, outside signs and vehicle exteriors even in the most extreme climates. Interior applications for vinyl letters on surfaces such as a textured wall or wooden signboard will adhere very well under normal interior conditions but vinyl lettering applied to a non-porous surface such as metal or glass creates a much stronger adhesion.
We recommend that you test your surface with a piece of masking tape to see if adhesion is accomplished. Our vinyl lettering and wall decals are more adhesive than typical masking tape but this is a good test to know if vinyl adhesion is likely.
Vinyl Lettering Tips Regarding Various Surfaces
Vinyl Lettering on Cinder Blocks – It is recommended to install vinyl lettering only if the block has a thick layer of paint.
Vinyl Lettering on Wood – Pine and MDF are our favorite wood surfaces for vinyl lettering applications. We suggest painting and then spraying a clear matte finish for better adhesion of the vinyl letters. Clear mod podge can be applied on top of the vinyl lettering to secure it better to the wood.
Vinyl Lettering on Textured Walls – Vinyl lettering and wall decals generally adheres well to textured and painted interior walls. The more cratered (bumpy) the texture, the more difficult it will be to get your vinyl letters to stick. If your wall texture is too cratered we suggest putting your saying on a pine board and displaying as you would display a framed picture.
Our Vinyl Lettering
We use a number of different kinds of vinyl depending on the application. Interior vinyl lettering projects are typically done in a matte vinyl that has lower adhesion. This makes the vinyl lettering more forgiving while installing it as well as easier to remove when you are done with the vinyl letters. Note that the vinyl letters and wall decals will not fall right off your wall. It will take a little work to remove it but it shouldn’t damage paint or texture during removal.
Vehicle vinyl lettering is done in high performance vinyl letters that is highly adhesive and stretchable. High performance vinyl lettering is rated to last up to 10 years and can be purchased in styles such as diamond plate and reflective among many other specialty styles. Vinyl lettering is commonly used as business signage on windows, outside signs and vehicle exteriors even in the most extreme climates.
Our most commonly used brand is Oracal vinyl lettering but we are happy to match colors or styles by using any other brand available.
Application of Vinyl Letters
Applying your vinyl letters is very easy as long as you have the right tools. Every order we send out includes vinyl lettering application instructions. We suggest having masking tape, a tape measure and a wet rag ready before installing your vinyl lettering or wall decal project.
Vinyl Lettering Removal
Vinyl lettering and vinyl decal removal can be rated very easy to extremely difficult depending on the surface it is being removed from, the kind of vinyl it is and the length of time it has been on the surface.
Removing our matte vinyl letters from a textured wall would be considered very easy. You simply slide a fingernail under part of the vinyl letter and slowly pull it off the wall. In the case of vinyl lettering projects you’ll need to this for each vinyl letter but even a large vinyl lettering project can be removed in a matter of minutes.
High-performance vinyl is most easily removed using either a heat gun (a hair dryer can be substituted) or a steam gun. It is important to heat the vinyl letters without burning it or the surface it is on. Professional installers sometimes prefer steam because it is much harder if not impossible to damage a surface with steam.
To remove vinyl lettering using heat or steam, hold the heat or steam a few inches from the vinyl until you can push the vinyl off the surface with your fingernail or an application tool. (A credit card works well in place of an application tool) Once the vinyl letters or wall decals moves on the surface it is ready to be removed by grabbing the part that was just pushed back and pulling the rest of the vinyl off. For large pieces of vinyl this process may need to be repeated as the vinyl lettering or decals sometimes cools before you can pull it all off.
Vinyl Letters – What Size Do You Need?
One common misperception we see often when fulfilling custom vinyl lettering orders is that customers believe they need a larger size of vinyl letters than is really necessary.
Generally speaking, 2 to 2.5 inch vinyl letters are adequate from a distance up to 20’ or the typical size of a larger room in a home. Having the first letters of each word capitalized is common and those vinyl letters might be as large as 4 inches. In most cases, having all your vinyl letters 4” or larger would be overbearing on your wall.
Exterior signage for a business on a wall or vehicle will likely be larger when visibility from longer distances needs to be achieved. Be sure to allow enough space on the surface for a font that will be legible from at least 75’. We suggest starting with 4” vinyl letters and using fonts that are easy to read. Avoid cursive or script fonts. It is more important to focus on your message and not style when your objective is to attract customers.
Vinyl Lettering Fonts
Determining fonts for your vinyl lettering project can either be fun or frustrating. There are thousands of fonts to choose from and narrowing your choice down to one can take some time. You can browse our font preview page to see what fonts we offer. We have determined that these fonts work well with our vinyl letter cutter, look good on a wide variety of designs and are easy to use in the application process.
There are many fonts that work well for different rooms in a home. Fonts such as Cinderella, Blomster and Fiolex Girls are perfect for a little princess room. Grilled Cheese or Grinched might be more appropriate for your little football star. A classy font such as Black Jack or CK Journaling with a nice embellishment would look great in any dining room or living room.
Vinyl Lettering Project Locations
Any large blank wall is the perfect canvas for a vinyl lettering or vinyl graphic project but there are other less obvious locations to place a vinyl lettering message. A small vinyl sign adhered to an exit door where your children leave the house for school is a great place to put a loving reminder. In our home we put “return with honor” to remind our children of our expectations for them while they are away.
The bathroom vanity where your children get ready for the day and get ready for bed is a great place for a message of inspiration or love. We love to create customized vinyl sign boards with a message that greets guests at the front door. Our message reads, “One fine fisherman lives here with the catch of his life”. The saying that greets guests at my in-laws home is, “Grandchildren Welcome, Parents by Appointment”.
Choosing the perfect location for your next vinyl lettering project isn’t difficult but if you need a hand, we’re more than happy to help. The possibilities are endless and your vinyl will be enjoyed daily by yourself and your guests. Also check out our blog for crafting ideas HERE.
Please browse our store to find decals and premade lettering, or if you prefer a personalized touch you can call us at 1-800-362-6085.