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SIGN AND GRAPHIC REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION

Signs and graphics that are high-quality can bring many benefits to your company. However, it is important to properly install them. Proper installation will ensure that your sign looks professional and is safely hung.
Your signage installation will eventually have to be removed. Some signs have a longer life span, while others are temporary. Whatever type of signage you have, it is important to take it off carefully so that it doesn’t damage the graphic or surface to which it was attached.
Signage requires multiple tools. Some signs mounted on buildings might even have electrical wiring. It is best to hire professionals in order to avoid any injury or accidents. You won’t need to buy the tools or learn how to use them.
Let’s take a look at common types of graphics and signs, and how to install and remove them.
ADHESIVE VINYL GRAPHIC INSTALATION
Adhesive vinyl graphics is one of the most versatile types of signage. These are printed pieces made of vinyl that can be adhered to any smooth, clean surface such as the car’s side or front windows. These are a common form of advertising and storefront decoration.
There are two main ways to apply vinyl graphics depending on the location.
1. DRY INSTALLATION
You will need several tools before you begin the process. These include a masking tape, non-ammonia-based glass cleaner, masking tape and paper towels. These tools should be kept close at hand so that you can remove the vinyl decal from any points.
Use the cleaner and paper towels for any dirt, oil, or wax. If the surface is not cleaned thoroughly, vinyl will not stick to it. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners as they can cause bubbling beneath the decal.
These steps will help you get started with the installation process.
• Step 1 Check the vinyl decal for damage. You may need to contact the manufacturer if the vinyl decal is damaged or distorted by tears or wrinkles.
• Step 2 Apply masking tape to secure the edges of the decal on the surface. Adjust the decal as necessary and align it exactly where you want it to be. Place a piece of masking tape horizontally across the middle of the decal once you have it in the correct place. Remove the tape from one side and create a flap or hinge by removing the tape from the other.
• Step 3 Remove the liner from the hinged flap of the decal. Now expose the sticky side to the masking tape line that you made earlier. The adhesive should not touch the surface, as it can cause damage. Hold the adhesive back and remove the peel able liner.
• Step 4 Position the squeegee in the middle of the decal, where the masking tape crosses. Apply pressure to the center of the adhesive to stick it to the surface. Use firm, horizontal strokes for smoothing the section from the top to the bottom.
• Step 5 After the tape is firmly attached to one side, place a piece of masking tape vertically parallel to the original, crossing the decal closer to the applied side. Keep the outer edges of the tape in place. Peel off the remainder of the tape and remove the liner.
• Step 6 Remove any pre-mask that has been placed over the decal.
• Step 7 Double check to ensure that the decal is properly attached and that there are no trapped air bubbles. You can make a small incision in the decal to push air bubbles towards the surface with the squeegee.
This technique can be used for indoor and outdoor graphics on multiple surfaces.
2. WET INSTALLATION
Although the idea is the same as dry installation, wet decals allow you to reposition the decals after it has been stuck to the surface. It can be more difficult because you cannot complete the process under direct sunlight or at the wrong temperatures. For details on the requirements of your graphic, ask your SpeedPro shop.
You will still need to have a squeegee and spray bottle of application fluid. Either buy an application solution, or make your own using water, rubbing alcohol, and liquid soap.
You can also prepare the surface using the same method: use the cleaner and paper towels. These are the steps to follow once you have everything ready for installation.
• Step 1 Check the decal for any damage before you begin the process. If the decal appears unaffected, flip it over so that the premasked side is facing down. Then peel off the adhesive liner. Spray the application fluid on the area you will be using to apply the decal. Make sure it is fully covered. Spray the adhesive side of decal as well.
• Step 2 Apply the adhesive side to the surface. Be careful not to create wrinkles or bubbles. While the decal is still damp, measure and adjust it. After you have placed the decal correctly, use the squeegee for forceful removal of the adhesive fluid.
• Step 3 Allow the decals to dry completely for at least 30 minutes. To ensure complete adhesion, you must be patient. External temperature can affect drying time so be patient.
• Step 4 After it has dried completely, remove the pre-mask.
• Step 5 Double check to make sure that the decal has been attached correctly. Make a small incision to remove any air bubbles. The decal should be allowed to dry in the sun for several days before you can wash it or wax it.
This method is great for outdoor uses, but it is not recommended for indoor use. The graphic must dry before it can cure.
REMOVAL OF ADHESIVE VINYL GRAPHICS
There are many options for safely removing vinyl from the application surface.
• Clean and chisel: This method is the easiest. You can use plastic razor blades or chisels to remove vinyl from the surface. These will be used around the edges to remove the decal. You may be able, depending on the type of vinyl and the age of your graphic, to finish the rest of the job by hand. It is easier to remove the older vinyl. Old vinyl might need some help from a heat gun, or exposure to the sun for a few hours. Both of these will warm it up. You can remove any adhesive residue once the vinyl has been removed.
• Vinyl Removers: There are chemicals that can remove both vinyl and adhesive in one step. Apply them directly to the graphic to soften the adhesive layer. This allows you to remove the entire sheet. This spray can take several minutes to penetrate so patience is required. Sticky residue is a sign that you have used too much vinyl-off. There are many formulas for reflective vinyl.
• Residue Removers: Depending on which vinyl you use, adhesive residue will remain on the surface. Some types allow for easy removal within a certain time period. To remove other types, you will need a cleanser which attacks chemical bonds. Use an orange-peeled citrus-based cleanser or a quick-acting cleaner to remove it.
• Power Tools: For large jobs or multiple graphics you might need to use power tools. There are two types of power tools you can use. The power stripe eliminator is a rubber wheel made of urethane that’s attached to an electric drill or air compressor. This tool can remove adhesive and face film without causing damage to the surface beneath. These wheels can be used to remove vinyl or refinish surfaces. It is a hand-held motor that spins a wheel with teeth made from rubber compound. This rubber compound can be used to grind vinyl from metal, glass, and fiberglass. To pull vinyl off, the teeth grab onto the edges of vinyl. It works with reflective vinyls and won’t cause damage to surfaces. Although it is more expensive, frequent heavy or heavy usage may justify the cost.
No matter what method is used, everyone involved should be able to remove vinyl graphics. It is important to be familiar with the proper methods in order to prevent damage.
SIGN INSTALLATION
It is a lengthy and laborious process to put a larger stationary signage in front or on your business. This requires greater precision and allowances than vinyl styles. It will require several skilled professionals and the use of some necessary equipment.
The following steps are required for commercial sign installation:
• Summary: You’ll first need to inspect the site and determine any requirements for installing signs. Next, focus on your target audience. Then, examine potential locations. Take accurate measurements of the area or surface of the application. This will help you identify potential challenges and opportunities for your project.
• Concept Development: Once the location of the sign is determined, it’s time to determine the technology and processes required to complete the project. To get a good idea of how your signage will look, create a mockup. The next step is to choose the materials that you will need to make the sign. Be realistic about your budget and ensure structural integrity. This is where you can get a quote if you are working with a sign manufacturer company.
• Survey the site: Look again at the installation site to make sure the design matches the building or landscape. Double-check all measurements and consider vehicle access. If necessary, determine how to get power.
• Manufacturing: Signs are made from many materials including metal, plastics and aluminum composites. Sign manufacturers can take your specifications and design them into reality using the right machinery and technology. They will include all the necessary elements to mount it on your building such as cables and bulbs if you require it to be dimensionally or illuminated.
• Installation: Experienced team is best for installing signs at heights. You will need the appropriate mounting tools depending on the type and material of the sign, as well as a truck that can lift the sign. Pros will make sure that the sign is securely fixed and that any wiring for lighting is correctly configured. The type of sign and the purpose of the sign will determine how it is installed.
• Maintenance: Make sure your sign is in top shape.
Although the process of installing signs is different, professionals have the necessary knowledge to do the job correctly. It all starts with accurate measurements and the design of a practical design. This is not about mounting the product to a building.
SIGN REMOVAL
It is more difficult than removing a sign for a business. This requires more effort, tools and a greater focus on safety. The materials cannot be thrown away in the trash. It is possible to hire a professional team to remove signs.
Consider these things when you are ready to get rid of your old sign:
• Sign Removal: It is crucial to use the right tools to remove the sign to ensure safety and protect the building’s façade. The team will need to lift it using a lift truck. Once it is removed, the team must disconnect the electric supply. It’s easier to access a ground display like or a monument sign but still requires safety precautions.
• Storage or disposal: Once you remove the sign, you must decide how to dispose it safely. Many municipalities may consider hazardous waste some of the materials. Others are recyclable. Before making a decision, make sure to check with your local regulations. You will need to properly store the sign if you intend on using it again. Although some companies offer storage, you might need to provide the space.
• Building repairs: Without anything in the way, it’s possible to see the holes where the mounts used to be and often staining where the sign once was. To keep your building in top condition for sign installation, it’s essential to fill in any holes and remove all wiring. This is a good time to power wash, paint, texture, or do other renovations. It may require significant repairs depending on how long it has been unattended.
Many sign companies also offer removal services. They will ensure that everything is done correctly and thoroughly, and that there are no damages.
INSTALLATION OF VEHICLE GRAPHICS
Like the vinyl decal application installation requires patience and careful. Although it’s not difficult, it can be messy and will look amateurish if there are any wrinkles, seams or bubbles. To give your vehicle a sleek, smooth look, follow these steps.
• Select a vinyl: First, choose your vinyl and have the design printed. Vinyl comes in large rolls which you can cut later. The size of the vinyl you purchase will depend on how much you plan to use it.
• Prepare the surface. Clean the vehicle thoroughly with the appropriate chemicals to remove any dirt, grease or oils. Before applying vinyl, clean up any scratches, dings, and rust holes. All imperfections, including scratches and dings, will show through the vinyl and impact the design. Wrapping will protect the paint against further damage.
• Take out mirrors and molding. If there are any metal or plastic accents that could get in the way of the process, take them out before you start. This will reduce labor time and make applying vinyl easier.
• How to plan the process: Each car model and preference will have a different process. You don’t have to know exactly where you are going to start. However, you need to plan your next steps. Cut the vinyl sheets into smaller pieces to make it easier. You should pay attention to individual body panels like bumpers or doors. Tape or magnets can be used to temporarily fix the sections.
• Apply the adhesive one section at a time. To avoid bubbling and wrinkles, start adhering from the center of each panel. Next, apply the adhesive by moving outwards.
• Stretch it: Move outward and stretch the vinyl. Then let it shrink into place to make it tighter. To encourage stretching, you may use a heat gun. This pre-stretching method is useful for concave or angled panels like bumpers.
• Trim the edges After you have the vinyl attached, remove any excess. To make straight lines, you’ll need to have a steady hand.
• You need seams to connect your vinyl sheets and car panels. There are many ways you can make them look their best. You have two options: you can either overlap the vinyl and cut out a seam with a knife or use knifeless tape that has an embedded Kevlar filament string. To cut cleanly with knifeless tape, place it underneath the vinyl where there is a seam. Then pull the thread through to remove the vinyl. Pin striping can be used to hide seams.
Vinyl can be tricky to work with as it is easy to make mistakes and have imperfections, especially if you are using full vehicle wrap. It is best to locate a reliable company that can install vehicle decals near your business.
VEHICLE GRAPHIC REMOVAL
Vinyl graphics can be removed from a car in a similar way to vinyl decal removal. These are the basic rules:
• Take off the top layer of the material: You may be able peel the vinyl off if the graphics are not worn for a while. In most cases you will need to have some help. Uncracked graphics can be removed with a heat gun. This heat guns loosens the adhesive. A power stripe eliminator, or an eraser wheel tool, may be used to remove cracked vinyl graphics from old weather damage.
• Cleanse the adhesive glue residue and underlying glue: It is important to note that not all adhesive removing chemical work in the same way. Water-soluble, non-toxic solutions are best for your vehicle. Spray the adhesive and use a towel to rub it off.
• Polish or repair the underlying material. After you have removed all of it, you might still find small scratches in your vehicle’s paint. This is a common occurrence that can often be avoided. You can make your vehicle look cleaner by repairing any minor damage and smoothing out any abrasions.
It takes patience to remove old vehicle wrap, especially if the entire body is covered. You could damage the paint if you don’t know how to remove vinyl graphics. It is a better option to hire a vinyl graphics installer who can do the job quickly and accurately.

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