Vinyl Lettering Guide: 5 Tips For Flawless Installations In Bakersfield, CA

Vinyl Lettering Guide: 5 Tips For Flawless Installations In Bakersfield, CA

Vinyl lettering is one of the most cost-effective ways to send marketing messages to local audiences, allowing business owners to transform empty walls and window panes into branded space and on-premise billboards.

But without proper installation, even the most compelling marketing messages fall flat. Installation errors translate to poor brand impressions and shortened service life, potentially costing you sales and forcing you to pay extra for sign remediation and/or replacement.

But don’t worry—with the TM Signs & Graphics team by your side, installation is easy.

Read on to learn 5 tips for flawless vinyl lettering installations, or call (661)-379-6545 to start a free consultation with our team in Bakersfield, CA.

1.   Choose The Right Vinyl Lettering For The Job

Not all vinyl lettering is created equal. Some products are specifically created for DIY installations and short-term use, using simple peel-and-stick designs, while more permanent vinyl lettering may require special wet installation techniques or heat guns.

If you need help determining what product suits the task at hand, get in touch with our vinyl lettering experts. We carry a wide range of products, each with their own selection of vinyl grades and finishes, and we can help you choose what’s best for your marketing goals, timeline, and budget.

2.   Select The Right Installation Area

Proper site selection is key when installing vinyl lettering. Your choice of display area not only affects your message’s visibility and marketing effectiveness; it will also determine the look and service life of your sign.

To avoid air bubbles, lifting edges, and early adhesive failures, we recommend avoiding areas with:

  • Direct sun exposure, since UV rays can cause fading and warm adhesives, weakening the bond and preventing proper curing (NOTE: This may not be a problem for short-term displays)
  • Highly textured or porous surfaces, such as brick or rough concrete
  • Damaged walls, as cracks may show through, and removing your vinyl lettering may cause further damage
  • Problematic paints containing silicone, graffiti-resistance, or texturizing additives, all of which make adhesion more difficult
  • Extreme temperatures, as lifting may occur if substrates reach temperatures higher than 115°F (46°C)

For more help selecting the right installation area, get in touch with our vinyl lettering experts.

3.   Prepare The Installation Area Properly

Before you begin installing your vinyl lettering, make sure to:

  • Clean the installation area using a clean, lint-free cloth and a cleaning solution of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) and 30% water in a spray bottle
  • Change cleaning cloths often to avoid redepositing contaminants on another part of your chosen installation area
  • Use a degreaser if necessary, making sure to avoid products containing lotions, waxes, or oils
  • Allow the area to dry thoroughly

4.   Manage Temperature During Your Installation

Most vinyl lettering manufacturers recommend keeping the application surface around room temperature. This sounds easy, but if you plan to install your vinyl lettering on windows that get bathed in sunlight, you may need to plan ahead and start early, before the sun is shining. Likewise, if you try to install vinyl lettering during the winter months, you may need to crank up the heat or plan your installation during peak sunshine hours, as cold window, wall, and air temperatures can prevent proper adhesion.

5.   Remove Any Air Bubbles

The more air pockets you leave in your vinyl lettering, the more susceptible your sign will be to rips and tears.

Fortunately, they’re easy to fix. You can use your fingers or a credit card to smooth out smaller air bubbles, while larger pockets may need to be “popped” and flattened. In extreme cases, air pockets may require heat applications to fix, but don’t worry—we’ve got the tools for the job, and our team is only a phone call away.

Consult With Vinyl Lettering Experts In Bakersfield, CA

To get more installation support, personalized product recommendations, and free quotes on any custom order, call (661)-379-6545 or fill out our online contact form.


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