Decals and Signs: How They’re Made

Technically speaking both decals and signs are used for advertising, identifying, describing a brand. Decals can be broken down into various categories including Window Decals; Clear Window Decal, Perforated Window Decal, floor decals, vehicle decals, wall decals, and Opaque Window Decal. Additionally, decals are available in different shapes, including cut-to-shape/ die-cut, oval cut, circular cut, square cut, and rectangular cut. They are typically printed on long-lasting vinyl materials for both outdoor and indoor use. In most cases, decals are used on non-porous smooth surfaces for recreational, commercial, or personal purposes. Decals require soapy water or a razor blade to remove residual adhesive.

Both decals and high-quality signage can be excellent tools for increasing traffic to your business, more so when used in the right way. Sometimes, it is important to consider involving a reputable professional signage expert to help you communicate your brand clearly through these options.
Want to know how to make decals and signs?

Get the basic sign making hardware.

You will probably need to splurge on all the necessary basics of sign making before you can even think of making your own signs and decals. For starters, you’ll need a good personal computer installed with the right modern sign-making software and connected to speedy internet. It should at least have a 2.0GHz processor,4GB of free space on its primary hard drive and 2GB of RAM backed by an 1152 x 854 minimum screen resolution and 16bit color monitor. Alternatively, you can use an Apple Mac if you want. Lastly, you’ll also need a vinyl cutter and application fluid. Consider using a Vinyl EXPRESS R Series cutter for simple, small graphics of less than 10feet length, a Vinyl Express EnduraCUT2 for slightly complicated detailed small images and a Vinyl EXPRESS Qe6000 for bigger, thicker media. Consulting a professional sign expert can come in handy when choosing the best Vinyl cutter for your decals and signs.

Gather Substrates

After you’ve acquired the basics, you should go for the substrates to make your job easier. Substrates are usually available in two options: Rigid and Flexible. They are mainly used for cutting, printing, and products adherence. The first type(Rigid) should be flat, smooth, and chemically stable. Perfect examples of rigid substrates include corrugated plastic signs, windows, and aluminum sign blanks. The second option(flexible) is not only pliable but extremely flexible. They include banners and awnings, among others.

Hire a Professional

Can’t do it yourself? Well, consider hiring a reputable professional to get the job done for you. The beauty of working with professionals is that they have all the right sign making hardware, sign making software and other vital sign making supplies necessary to produce elegant vehicle wraps, custom window decals, and high-quality commercial signs.

Choose your signage contractor right, and you’ll have great decals and signs to take your business to the next level of success. Contact Kachina Sign Center at 520-290-2000.