Vehicle Decals

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Description

Vehicle Decals are adhesive-backed and printed in full color on one side of 2.1 mil Gloss White Complex Curve synthetic substrate. They are laminated for long lasting protection. This material is specifically designed for vehicle decals and will give you great results. Common applications include hoods, roofs, trunk lids, doors, and fenders.

The substrate includes tiny air channels for smooth and easy application.

Note:
Because of the wide potential size range of our large format products, there are additional file setup considerations. Proofs are typically shown half size. For other details, please review the file setup section carefully.

Due to material, all substrates may expand or shrink from batch to batch, which makes exact cuts very difficult. We do not recommend borders. If you would like borders, please make sure they are at least 2" thick. We will not reprint if the borders are not exactly the same on all sides after cutting.

Recommendations

Because vehicles come in such a variety of sizes and types, there is no typical size for Vehicle Decals. They print on 2.1 mil Gloss White Complex Curve with air channels for easy application in full color on the front with no printing on the back (4/0) and are over-laminated 1.5 mil. Cast Gloss Lamination.

Marketing Tips

Vehicle Decals provide a truly mobile and highly visible marketing solution. Imagine getting your message out at every red light and on every freeway where you drive. It's a smart strategy for spreading brand or product awareness within a fairly close proximity to your business or home. Typical applications include cars, trucks, delivery vans, and semis. Don't let space go to waste. They're your vehicles; advertise on them.

Consider adding a QR code to your design to link directly to additional online information. This can be a great way to provide more detail than you would want to cram onto your Vehicle Decals. Since a QR code can link to an online message, you can change the online message without the need to reprint the QR code.

Size

CustomSizes

Our standard sizes, listed below, are the most popular in the industry:

Available in custom sizes ranging from 12" x 12" up to 150' high x 53" wide.

Material

2.1 mil Gloss White Complex Curve

This adhesive-backed substrate is designed for outdoor use and ideal for vehicle decal printing. It is a synthetic, tear resistant substrate and has good hiding power to block out underlying colors or images so they do not affect the printed design. Thin and light, it easily fits the shape of any vehicle.

Lamination

What is Lamination?

Lamination is a thin layer of synthetic material applied or "Laminated" over the image side of a printed piece. In addition to either a gloss or matte finish, it adds durability and a degree of moisture protection.

Two options of lamination are available, so you can control the look and texture of your decals:

  • No Lamination
  • 1.5 mil Gloss Lamination

Turn Times

Explanation of Turnaround Time

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Turnaround times begin when the proof is approved. All times are based on standard business days Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Please note that turnaround time does not include shipping or mailing time. You may select from available production turnaround times and your preferred shipping time as you place your order.

Finishing

Contour Cut

Contour Cut creates a custom shape. It is recommended to keep Contour Cut designs simple like arrows, stars or other basic objects for accurate, clean edges.For more complex cuts, please submit a custom estimate.

Die lines must be included in files uploaded for Contour Cut.

Final Contour Cut size must be 1" smaller than the sheet order size. For example 48" x 24" sheet order size, the Contour Cut must be 47" x 23" maximum size.

File Setup

Templates
File Preparation

In order to ensure your files are print-ready, we recommend that you upload them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.

We also accept .JPG (JPEG), .EPS and .TIF (TIFF) file types, however PDF is the preferred format.

Check your file to make sure it meets our file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.

  1. Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.
  2. Use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for image files.
  3. Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don't place crop marks inside the work area.)
  4. Artwork should have 1/8" (0.125") bleed extending past the trim line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  5. Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  6. If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") inside the trim line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
Bleed and Safe Area

We require that you extend any images that run up to the trim line a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") past the trim line to create "bleed". Depending on what program you use to create your file, this may or may not change the total image area of your file. Programs like Photoshop that do not allow the creation of "bleed" or the addition of crop marks will require an image area that is 1/4" (0.25") larger than your desired final overall image area in both dimensions.

Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge. If you choose to make less than this minimum clearance, we will NOT be responsible for items that are cut off in this area.

Proofs and File Check

We offer three proof options:

1. Online PDF Proof: You will be sent a link to view your proof via email. Please keep in mind that this is only a proof for content and positioning; the color on your screen may vary from the color of your final product, depending on your monitor and viewing conditions.

2. Hard Copy Proof: The Hard Copy Proof can either be picked up on-site or shipped to you. Please keep in mind that this is a proof for content and positioning and is not printed on your actual job stock. Color may vary slightly when printed on the stock you ordered. When ordering a Hard Copy Proof, you will receive a complimentary Online PDF Proof, as well.

3. No Proof, Run As-Is: This option is for the industry professional who is certain their project is ready to hit the press and does not require the additional security of a proof.

File Check:

If our prepress department sees anything questionable with your file, we will contact you via email with our concerns. Should prepress email you, please note that your job is not considered fully submitted until you respond to this email. This should be factored into your turnaround time.File check does not apply to No Proof, Run As-Is. No Proof, Run As-Is jobs print from the exact file(s) you upload unless it is not possible to print because your supplied file does not match the specifications ordered.

Please Note: The charge for our technical team to review your file when first submitted is included in the price of your order. If they note technical concerns with your file, they may email you with their concerns so you can upload a corrected file. If subsequent uploads still contain errors, you may be charged an additional prepress fee to review your file again.

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