April 13, 2024


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Vinyl Decal Usage and Application

What is a Vinyl Decal?

Vinyl Decals are Die Cut images on a sheet of vinyl ranging from one to many colors in many shapes and sizes. Die cutting is to cut with a plotter machine (Vinyl Cutter). A plotter has a small extremely sharp razor that cuts a decal out. The design is cut onto a thin vinyl material with a piece wax paper backing known as liner paper. Once the design has been cut, a vinyl cutting company will hand strip all the unwanted pieces of the decal which is called “weeding.” The final design is covered with a protective application tape that is used to transfer the design onto the surface of your choice (ex. Windows, Vehicles, Signs, Walls, etc.)

Vinyl is a very versatile material that comes in primary colors like red, white, and blue all the way to specialty colors like 14k gold and carbon fiber. Vinyl material is very easy to work with and is easily cut to shape and perfect for advertisement or just plain fun.

In the past couple of years, Vinyl Decals have become very popular making signs more affordable for companies and also people just wanting custom vinyl decals. The most popular uses for vinyl decals are window decals, vinyl banners, product signs, wall art, and business advertisement. In the below paragraphs we will discuss how what exactly each of these are how they are used and what they are good for.

Window Decals

Window decals can be used in numerous amounts of ways for both businesses and the average person. Look around, almost everywhere you look you will see vinyl decals placed on windows. For businesses, you cover your entrance windows with company logos and store information. Not to mention a great way to tell customer store hours on the front entrance. Window decals can be placed either on the inside or outside of a window depending on preference. Also take a look at vehicles driving all around you. 3 out of 5 vehicles have some type of vinyl decal placed in their rear window. Usually they are either a design, image, or a text decal. Window decals can also be used to decorate household or business windows.

Vinyl Banners

Vinyl Banners are a great way of advertisement and cost effective. You can get a full sized 2′ x 4′ multicolored with unlimited text as low as $25 dollars. Vinyl Banners are great for indoor or outdoor use to get your message across. Banners are also a great way to spread a message to someone like saying “welcome home” for a return military member or “happy birthday” to a friend or family member.

Product Signs

Products signs are great for semi-permanent deployment and weatherproof. Most product signs are made of corrugated plastic which are great against the elements and wrath of Mother Nature. There are several types of ways to place a product sign with the most common form being ground stakes. This is a perfect way to promote businesses and for realtors to promote houses for sale.

Wall Art

Wall art is a new way to deploy vinyl and not known to many people. Wall art is basically the same as window decals or personal use decals that are blown up to size to fit graphics onto a wall. Wall art can be a stenciled vinyl that is cut out or a full color vinyl print that is applied somewhat like wall paper.

Business Advertisement

Vinyl can be applied to any smooth surface and is a great way for advertisement. Not to mention, vinyl decals can be relatively cheap if purchased in bulk. Promote your business by handing out vinyl decals to prospective customers. Have vinyl banners, signs, and decals made up to hang up to advertise your products and services.

Vinyl Decals can be applied to almost any surface as long as the surfaces application is smooth textured and dry upon placement of the decal. Application surfaces include but are not limited to glass, metals, wood (painted), plastic, vinyl, mirrors, and tiles. I have put together the following list of several common application uses that customers typically apply vinyl products to. There are tons of possibilities in the uses of vinyl decals.

Automobiles, Motorcycles, Misc.

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Body
  • Cars, Trucks, Vans
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • ATV & Quads
  • Dirt Bikes
  • Helmets
  • Novelty
  • Quotes
  • Funny Sayings
  • Advertisements
  • Domain Names
  • Business Information
  • Windshield Visor
  • Skateboards, Bicycles, Snowboards, Surfboards
  • Airplanes & Helicopters
  • Registration Numbers
  • Lettering
  • Vehicles
  • Equipment Systems
  • Banners & Signs
  • Store Windows
  • Mailbox
  • Labels
  • Machinery
  • Wall Words

Business Offices & Households

  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Tiles
  • Floors
  • Furniture
  • Wall Art
  • Store Fronts
  • Mail Boxes
  • Numbering


  • iPod Skins
  • Game Systems (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.)
  • Speakers boxes
  • Computer Skins


  • School Events
  • School Logos
  • Clubs
  • Organizations
  • Churches
  • Clubs & Associations
  • Sports Teams