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Care Tips for Magnetic Decals and Graphics

Tips for DIY installation and cleaning of magnetic decals and graphics.

To Safely Store Flexible Magnetic Sheets (i.e. Decals)

When not using a piece of flexible magnetic sheet, the material most commonly used for magnetic decals, keep it in a clean and dry location. If the material is already rolled, keep the material upright on it’s end to prevent flat spots from developing. If the material is flat, store with the printed/vinyl side facing out and away from the shelving or table it is being stored on.

To avoid damage to the material, do not place any objects such as boxes or cartons, on top of the decal. While it is safe to store multiple magnetic sheets or decals on top of each other, do not store magnet sides facing each other.

 

 

 

Preparing Surfaces for Magnetic Decals

Follow this simple process to prepare magnetic-receptive surfaces for decal applications. Before affixing a magnetic sheet to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats, and waxes are cured and hardened. Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with mild detergent and wipe with a soft cloth or allow the surface to dry. 

Not allowing proper time for material finishes to cure and harden could damage the material surface. For fresh paint coats, leave at least 90 days before attaching magnetic decals. For finishing coats, such as clear coats or waxes, leave 60 days and 2 days,respectively.

 

To Apply a Flexible Magnet

Steps to Follow

Before applying, test all inks and paints used on the magnet for adhesion and solvent compatibility. Be sure to affix to smooth, flat, or gently curved metallic surfaces. The entire magnet must be flat against the metal surface. Do not attempt to install any magnetic sheet over protrusions (molding, decals, pinstriping, etc.) or concave areas. There must be no air pockets to maximize longevity.

The magnet itself should be at a room temperature of 60°F (16°C) or above when installed to achieve the best results. Do not apply any magnet that has been curled with the magnet side out and stored in that position for an extended period of time. The magnet may not attach properly to the metallic surface, resulting in lifted corners or air gaps which will weaken its holding strength. Check the magnetic storage instructions above for proper storage.

If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface and reaffix. To safely remove the magnet for another installation attempt, lift at the sides and not at the corners to remove. Do not pull the magnet across the surface, or it may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength.

Potential Issues to Consider

Do not install on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight, such as automobile hoods. This is because magnetic decals have an operating temperature range between 160°F (71°C) and -15°F (-26°C). Exposure to cold weather will make the magnet more brittle so use caution when handling. Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can result in uneven fading of the vehicle surface because the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet rays.

Do not install magnetic decals on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding, and repainted surfaces. It is worth noting, doors and panels on some vehicles are not made of steel. Like all magnetics, this product will not work on aluminum and plastic surfaces. We recommend rounded corners for magnetic vehicle signage.

Preparing Surfaces for Magnetic Decals

Follow this simple process to prepare magnetic-receptive surfaces for decal applications. Before affixing a magnetic sheet to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats, and waxes are cured and hardened. Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with mild detergent and wipe with a soft cloth or allow the surface to dry. 

Not allowing proper time for material finishes to cure and harden could damage the material surface. For fresh paint coats, leave at least 90 days before attaching magnetic decals. For finishing coats, such as clear coats or waxes, leave 60 days and 2 days,respectively.

 

To Apply a Flexible Magnet

Steps to Follow

Before applying, test all inks and paints used on the magnet for adhesion and solvent compatibility. Be sure to affix to smooth, flat, or gently curved metallic surfaces. The entire magnet must be flat against the metal surface. Do not attempt to install any magnetic sheet over protrusions (molding, decals, pinstriping, etc.) or concave areas. There must be no air pockets to maximize longevity.

The magnet itself should be at a room temperature of 60°F (16°C) or above when installed to achieve the best results. Do not apply any magnet that has been curled with the magnet side out and stored in that position for an extended period of time. The magnet may not attach properly to the metallic surface, resulting in lifted corners or air gaps which will weaken its holding strength. Check the magnetic storage instructions above for proper storage.

If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface and reaffix. To safely remove the magnet for another installation attempt, lift at the sides and not at the corners to remove. Do not pull the magnet across the surface, or it may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength.

Potential Issues to Consider

Do not install on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight, such as automobile hoods. This is because magnetic decals have an operating temperature range between 160°F (71°C) and -15°F (-26°C). Exposure to cold weather will make the magnet more brittle so use caution when handling. Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can result in uneven fading of the vehicle surface because the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet rays.

Do not install magnetic decals on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding, and repainted surfaces. It is worth noting, doors and panels on some vehicles are not made of steel. Like all magnetics, this product will not work on aluminum and plastic surfaces. We recommend rounded corners for magnetic vehicle signage.

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