Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Vinyl Decal Information.

We decided to write this post to explain a little bit about what die cut decals are. There is some confusion sometimes with decals and stickers. Normally when you visit some sites that say decal, they are referring to the type that is die cut, meaning the image is cut from a solid color piece of vinyl material. They are not like stickers which sometimes come in white or clear and have the image printed on them usually using a large format printer.
If you visit our site,
www.isymbolz.com ,you will see all the illustrations in black and white. This doesn't mean the decals only come in black and white. They are for visual purpose only. They come in many different colors. What you see in Black represent the vinyl itself. What is White in the image is the part that is cutout and thrown away. You can see a sample of this by visiting www.isymbolz.com/resource/sample.htm
When these decals are shipped they come with a transfer paper material on it. This is applied so that you can remove the backing from the decal, apply the decal onto the surface of your vehicle, boat, motorcycle, or whatever smooth non porous surface that you would like. Then you squeegee it with a hard plastic, like a credit card, and finally you would remove the paper that was on the decal itself.
The vinyl material is the same material used in the signs industry. It is for outside applications and has a life expectancy of 6 years. However for people that live in areas that snow or have ice on their windows that they scrape off in the mornings, it is recommended that you order your decal mirrored (meaning the image flipped to opposite direction, and not mirrored vinyl) so that you may apply the image from the inside of your vehicle window so you don't have to worry about damaging it when scraping off the ice or snow off your windows.

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