A Basic Guide to Making Magnetic Signs

Magnetic signs are a low cost alternative to lettering directly on a vehicle. Because a customer can easily put them on and then remove them, they are extremely popular for many small businesses. So magnetic signs are a staple of any complete sign making shop. They can offer two very important ingredients for sign business success: high margins and new customers. Let’s take a closer look at magnetic substrates considering the required tools, target market, your equipment options and finally, the care and maintenance requirements.


A Basic Guide to Vinyl Express® LXi 12 Vinyl Cutting Software

Many aspiring sign makers spend lots of time selecting the right cutter, then buy the least expensive software available. Only after they’ve setup the equipment do they realize that they don’t have the design tools they need to meet the demands of their waiting customers. How can you avoid this common pitfall? What software features do you need? How do you decide which level to purchase to keep from limiting the growth of your startup? We presents the answers in this article: A basic buyer’s guide to Vinyl Express® LXi sign software.


How to Create Pop Out Decals with Q Series Vinyl Cutter

If you’re selling decals, especially at an event like a race or festival, you still have to cut them from the sheet of vinyl to give to your customer. This can be done manually, or with a trimmer. But wouldn’t it be nice if the vinyl cutter could do that for you? If it’s a Q Series or Graphtec FC8000 plotter, it can. Here’s how.


Transfer Tape Vinyl Application Guide

One of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive is, “What application tape should I use with this vinyl?” Vinyl and tape go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you’ve got the wrong tape for your vinyl, it might feel more like peanut butter and yogurt. Nobody’s gonna want that sandwich. To help you […]


What is Punched Vinyl?

Surely you’ve heard of  New Yorkers who’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty. This article isn’t about New York, but it’s the Sign College equivalent. We’ve published over 400 articles during the years, all of which are designed to educate our customers. We have basic guides aplenty but somehow, we have overlooked one of […]


Vinyl Adhesive – How It Affects the Durability of Your Signs

Should I use a solvent adhesive or acrylic? What’s the difference between a removable and a repositionable adhesive? When does a removable adhesive become permanent? If you’ve ever asked yourself one of these questions, you’ll enjoy our second edition of the Sign College Newsletter. This week, we’ll talk about the adhesive compounds used in today’s graphic marking films and examine their strengths, weaknesses, and unique applications. Hopefully you’ll be better able to make choices that result in what I like to call “trouble free stickage”.