Whether used to meet requirements for the Department of Transportation or as a simple way to share your business name and contact information, vinyl lettering is an affordable and convenient way to label your vehicle. Vinyl letters are individually custom cut to your business’s design specifications and needs. They can be easily applied to your truck and removed when no longer necessary.
Blue Dot Signs offers a range of options for truck lettering. From templates for standard signs to custom text for a vehicle, we can assist you in creating the signage for the mobile aspect of your business. We also have the installation and removal services for vinyl vehicle products. Start with a quote for your vinyl truck lettering by giving us a call.
Truck lettering is made from a vinyl film, usually one made by 3M. The film has an acrylic adhesive backing that can be affixed directly to the surface of a truck - either the cab or the trailer - without the use of additional glues. This adhesive is durable, lasting for up to 7 years, and yet can be removed when needed in a matter of minutes. The adhesive is also vehicle safe so as not to damage the paint.
Vinyl truck door decals are cut from a sheet of 3M vinyl film using an automated, digital process. The process cuts letters according to the design file, making it possible to use serif, san serif, and cursive fonts. We can also trim letters using the font in your business logo for added brand recognition.
Standard lettering like DOT number signs and fleet identifications are typically made from black vinyl, or white if the truck is painted a dark color. For more customized signs, 3M also produces vinyl in a range of other colors, including multiple shades of:
3M vinyl films can come with matte, satin, glossy, and reflective finishes. They can be finished with or without laminate as well, depending on the planned length of installation and the protection needed from the elements. Since DOT signs must meet certain requirements, we have standard designs available that ensure they are readable from up to 50 feet away. Our DOT number signs are generally:
Signs that meet the basic requirements can be quickly designed from a template. It is also possible to customize each of these features if your registered vehicles or the area you operate in has different requirements.
To apply vinyl letters, the application area should first be cleaned and dried. The letter can then be positioned and, when correct, pressure will activate the adhesive, fixing it to the vehicle. Custom DIY cut lettering can be applied by the client, but professional installation is recommended for larger or more complex decals as they are not repositionable once installed.
There are several different methods to add lettering to your vehicle - paint, magnets, and more - but vinyl is one of the most professional. It applies smoothly so that it looks permanent, though it is a temporary sign. For these reasons, vinyl lettering is:
Most vehicles involved in transporting heavy loads or passengers will have some regulatory signage applied to them that can be rendered in vinyl. Other businesses like contractors, lawn care companies, towing services, health care, and more frequently use vinyl lettering to display:
With the utility and cost-effectiveness of vinyl lettering, they can be used by both corporations and individuals.
For custom vinyl lettering, or any type of wrap or decals for the vehicles your business uses, Blue Dot Signs is the premier provider in the NYC and NJ area. We work with clients of all sizes, from sole-proprietorship businesses to national corporations to create unique advertising and standard vinyl lettering. We offer rapid turnaround times, including accepting rush orders, to get your vinyl letters to you quickly.
In general, it is required to register your vehicle and display your DOT number if the truck is used for interstate commerce, carrying more than 15 passengers, hauling loads above 10,000 pounds, or transporting hazardous materials. Additional regulations can impact you as well, so it is important to check your requirements or use our sign research services.
These will vary state by state. Typically the signs need to be displayed on both sides of the vehicle, but the placement is not defined. Some states have set the size of letters at 2 or 3 inches at minimum. We are familiar with NJ law and NYC law, but let us know if you're required to use signs laws of another state.
Yes, certainly. We offer a range of vinyl decal and wrap printing services and can print small decals and full wraps to cover your entire vehicle. It is possible to print your logo in a variety of ways to fit your vehicle. Contact us to discuss your options.
For DOT signs, refer to the regulations in your state. For other signs, your design should consider the space available on the vehicle and readability given how far away viewers will typically stand and the fact that your vehicle will typically be in motion.
No. Once they have been removed, vinyl letters cannot be affixed to the vehicle.
Handwashing is best, but you can go through a car wash if needed. Use a touchless setting so the lettering does not get scratched.
Yes, as long as the pressure is set below 2000psi.
Vinyl lettering can be removed with heat. Apply a hair dryer or heat gun to the lettering and you should be able to peel them off. A gentle cleaner can be used to remove any remaining adhesive residue. If your lettering has been on around 5 years, professional removal is better as the vinyl might have over adhered. Professional removal can take it off without damaging the paint beneath.
We have a rapid turnaround time. Standard letters from a template can often be printed in as little as two days. Customizations and installation services will extend that timeline.
We are 3M certified installers so we can attach your vinyl products to your vehicle. For installation services, we work with companies in NJ and NYC, including all five boroughs.