Getting the Most Out Of A Vehicle Wrap

Vehicle Wrap

A vehicle wrap is a business investment. To get the most of that investment, it needs to be well maintained. Knowing what to avoid and how to properly clean a vehicle wrap will keep it in optimal condition for years to come.

Cleaning Tips

Cleaning a vehicle wrap is easy. Simply use water and a gentle automotive detergent. Scrub it with a soft cloth and rinse after. Dry it with a microfiber cloth or towel to minimize water spots. It should be cleaned at least once a week or more depending on how much dirt and pollutants the vehicle is exposed to.

For spot cleaning, use isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rinse with cool water. This will take care of any small areas that may have gotten something splashed on them.

What to Avoid

Avoid taking the vehicle through a carwash with brushes. The brushes can be too harsh on the wrap, causing lifting or peeling of the edges.

Avoid pressure washing the vehicle over 2,000 psi. As long as it stays under 2,000 psi, with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern, the wrap will be fine. Keep the water temperature below 140 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the nozzle 12 inches away from the vehicle.

It’s best to avoid leaving the vehicle outside for an excessive amount of time. The outdoor elements like debris and pollutants can cause damage to the wrap, especially the trunk lid, roof, or hood. These areas can attract pollutants easily. Parking under cover when possible or in shady areas when cover isn’t available will really extend the life of your vehicle wrap.

The better a car or truck wrap looks, the more people it attracts. Get the most advertising possible out of a wrap by keeping it well-maintained so it lasts for year to come. Infinity Signs NW can answer any other questions about caring for vehicle wrap.

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Placement of Monument Signs

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Monument signs are eye-catching and enhance visibility for a business. When customers can find the business with ease, it helps drive traffic to the business. These are the reasons many businesses choose to invest in a monument sign.

While there are many factors that work in sync to create an effective monument sign, like size and design, a crucial part of this is its placement on the property. If the monument sign is put in the wrong place, it could lose all effectiveness for the business.

The best place to have a monument sign installed is near the entrance of the business’s parking lot. This guides visitors into the right area, minimizing possible confusion. It also gives them enough time to slow down and turn into the parking lot safely, even if it is on impulse.

Some businesses on large campuses have multiple monument signs posted around the edges of the area. This is common for businesses such as manufacturing plants and hospitals.

If the sign is placed too far away from the parking lot entrance or building, it can create confusion for visitors, making them pull into the wrong area or miss it completely. Monument signs that are placed near the parking lot, but too far back from the road can also cause problems cue to low visibility.

The surrounding landscaping should also be taken into consideration. Bushes, trees, and other elements can end up blocking the sign. They should be planted around the sign, taking in the visibility points from the roadway. Make sure plants are regularly trimmed back enough so they don’t block the sign from view.

The team at Infinity Signs NW draws up the plans, creates, and installs monument signs for many businesses in the Boise area. They know how to take these factors into consideration for the best placement of the sign possible. Call us at 208.473.2913 to talk about creating a monument sign for your business.

Channel Letter Signs and Installation

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Channel letter signs are a popular option for businesses. They are dimensional and stand out away from the building, making quite the impact. They can be made using a wide variety of fonts, colors, and sizes.

The term channel letter signage encompasses many different styles of signs. Here’s a rundown of each type:

  • Front Lit Channel Letters

This is the most commonly seen and is also called standard channel letters. The illumination is projected through the front faces of the letters.

  • Reverse Channel Letters

In this type of sign, the illumination comes from the back of the letters. They are also commonly called halo lit or back lit letters. The light is reflected off the wall behind them, creating a halo.

  • Open Face Channel Letters

These letters have open faces, allowing for the placement of neon illumination. They’re bright and eye-catching when used in the right situation.

  • Front/Back Lit Channel Letters

Those looking for a dramatic sign should consider this type of channel lettering. These letters produce illumination from both the front and back making for a dynamic and bright sign.

Channel letter signs can be mounted in a several ways:

  • Raceway Mount

Channel letter signs are often installed on a raceway, which is a metal box that houses the electrical wiring and power supply for the letters. It reduces the number of wall penetrations required for mounting.

  • Flush Mount

In this installation technique, the letters are attached directly to the building. This creates a flawless appearance that many people favor for their business signs.

  • Backer Mount

Letters are attached to a metal cabinet or backer panel that is larger in height and width then the channel letter configuration.

Channel letter signs are popular because of their ability to make the signage unique and illuminated. Businesses interested in this type of sign should contact Infinity Signs NW.

Installing Window Graphics

Window Graphic Installation

Window graphics are seen more frequently in storefront windows this time of year. Many stores have them installed to advertise a huge year end sale or to decorate for the holidays. Those who haven’t invested in vinyl window graphics before, might not know there are two different ways of installing them.

Inside Installation

This style refers to installing the window graphic on the interior side of the window. The graphic is printed on the adhesive side. This is a common choice for store owners who might be worried about the outside elements damaging their window graphics. Another benefit is that when installed inside, people cannot vandalize the graphics by ripping or cutting them.

Outside Installation.

When putting the graphic on the outside of the window, the graphic is printed opposite the adhesive side. Many storefront owners with tinted windows choose this option so that the graphic is not partially obscured from view. The tint can distort the colors of the window graphic installed on the interior side of the window, making it harder to read for passersby. Also, window graphics are designed to withstand the elements and fading, even when placed outside.

No matter which way they are installed, window graphics help to drive traffic to storefronts and keep customers informed. Use them for decorating purposes, advertising a sale, or informing customers of business hours. Window graphics can be made to fit the whole window, or just a small portion, giving stores a lot of options.

Infinity Signs NW can meet with businesses to determine the best way to create and install window graphics for every situation. Our tools and training make installing windows graphics a quick and painless process for businesses. Visit our website to see some of the vinyl window graphics Infinity Signs NW has created for other businesses in Boise and the surrounding area.

Electric Signage Issues

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Electric signs are a great tool for catching the attention of passersby. Their lighting makes the sign easy to see. However, the lighting can also bring about some problems when it isn’t working properly. Here are three types of electric signs and common issues they can experience:

Fluorescent Signs

Fluorescent lighted sign issues usually have to do with it not lighting up properly. It could be not fully lit, flickering, or completely unlit. Fluorescent lights have a lifespan of about 12,000 hours or approximately three years. Eventually they will start to show signs of aging by not lighting up properly. Regular sign maintenance can catch these issues and get the bulbs replaced when necessary.

Neon Signs

Neon signs aren’t too common anymore, but there are still some in use. The neon in the sign could be burned out or broken if the sign flickers and then goes out after being turned on. If half of the sign is working, but the other part is dim or out, the gas might need to be repumped or the tube replaced. Many businesses are replacing neon signs with new LED signs.

LED Signs

LED lighting has an extremely long lifespan. They rarely have issues like an individual or string of LEDs going out. However, sometimes the power supply can fail and need repairs. While it might cost more upfront, LED lighted signage has fewer issues and lasts much longer than the other two options.

When electric signage starts failing, it can impact the business and their image to the public. People might assume the business is closed, or doesn’t take good care of its property.

Along with creating electric signage, Infinity Signs NW offers sign maintenance, repairs, and cleaning to keep signage looking is best. If any issues arise with lighted signage, give us a call to get it fixed right away.

Benefits of Investing in a Pylon Sign

Business Signs

In large shopping centers or business complexes with multiple businesses and stores, trying to fit signage in for each business on the property can be difficult. That’s where pylon signs come in. These large, easily visible signs can clearly advertise several businesses at once.

Here are some of the benefits of installing a pylon sign:

Visibility

Pylon signs are generally installed up quite high and are large enough for passersby to see them from a distance. This can draw in potential customers. Pylon signs can also be illuminated for better visibility at night.

Cost-Effective

It’s much easier and less expensive to create one large sign that can advertise multiple businesses than to create multiple signs around the property. This benefits the businesses who occupy the shopping center or business complex by keeping their costs lower.

Customizable

Almost every aspect of pylon signs can be customized, such as height, style, and size. Let each business choose their own colors and logos on their section of the sign or make it uniform in font and color for a more formal look.

Minimal Maintenance

Pylon signs need very little maintenance to stay clean. Also, any maintenance needed can be performed by the staff at Infinity Signs NW, taking the burden away from the business complex.

Landmark Status

Because pylon signs are quite large in nature, they can become an unofficial landmark within the city. People will use it as a reference when giving directions or referencing a store within it.

While some could argue that pylon signs are too common to be unique or draw attention, it’s actually the opposite. So many complexes invest in them because they work well. Their visibility and cost-effective nature make them a popular and effective type of signage around Boise and throughout the Treasure Valley.

Talk to Infinity Signs NW about investing in a pylon sign for a shopping center or business complex to learn the benefits firsthand.

 

5 Ways to Safely Secure Banners

Secure Banners

Banners can be used for many applications both inside and outside of a building.

Here are some of the most common methods for safely securing banners in different environments:

  1. Suction Cups

If the banner needs to be positioned over glass, suction cups are an excellent way to hold it in place without making permanent changes to the building. They are a quick and inexpensive way to suspend lightweight banners. Suction cups are gentle on surfaces and are easy to move if necessary.

  1. Zip Ties

For construction projects with fencing, zip ties allow the banner to attach to the fence securely. Zip ties have a strong hold, which can protect the banner from flying away during windy weather. If the banner is larger, multiple grommets and zip ties might be needed to keep it in place.

  1. Velcro

Often at trade shows a banner needs to attach to a fabric-covered table. Velcro brand hooks and loops can stick to many fabric surfaces and provide a simple solution for this situation.

  1. String

When weather isn’t a concern or the banner will be placed inside, using a heavy-duty string will work just fine. Simply thread the heavy-duty string or thin roping through the grommets and tie it to an appropriate support.

  1. Bungee Cords

In areas with high winds, bungee cords can be used to securely fasten the banner while allowing it the flexibility to move with the wind. Since bungee cords have some give, while banners do not, putting the extra tension on the bungee cord instead of the banner will help prevent the banner from tearing.

No matter how your banner needs to be secured, Infinity Signs NW can accommodate it during the design process. Learn more about applications for banners and see Infinity Signs NW’s previous work on our website or give us a call at 208.473.2913 to get started on your next business banner.