A custom window decal displayed in the right location can do many things, whether you want to make people laugh, promote your business or show your support for a specific cause. A window decal is an inexpensive way to get your message seen by many people with minimal effort. A window decal on the front door of a store call tell the customers anything you want them to know like store hours, sales and specials, etc.
A car’s window decal should be more durable than a decal used for a storefront. A custom car window decal will bake in the hot sun, see plenty of rain, road grime and many many car washes, it will get a lot more abuse. A car decal prominently displayed on the rear window of your vehicle will be seen by many people everyday while you are driving, sitting in traffic or simply parked at the store.
If you want your car window decals to have the maximum impact, it is important to follow a few simple rules to get them applied correctly. Applying a window decal on your car window is not difficult and with some patience and a few simple tools anyone can do it. If you are not sure, ask us at KD’s Graphics, we would be more than happy to do it for you.
If you are planning on applying the decal yourself be sure and check the weather first. It is not a good idea to do this when it is too hot or too cold. It should be a mild, clear day, free of rain and not too windy. If weather conditions are unfavorable, it would be best to move inside the garage to apply your car decal.
Here are a few items that will be needed:
Ruler or Measuring Tape
Lens Cloth (a lint free cloth used for cleaning eyeglasses)
Credit Card or a Plastic Scraper
Knife (razor blade or pocket knife)
Follow these simple steps to apply a window decal that will look professionally done:
1. Clean Window twice with window cleaner. This removes the dirt and road film.
2. Clean window rubbing alcohol. This will remove any remain oily residues and car wax.
3. Place the decal where you want it. Apply masking tape across the top of the decal to hold it to the window. Make sure it is centered and level on the glass.
4. Slowly pull the backing paper from the decal and at the same time using a credit card to smooth the decal out.
5. Use overlapping strokes, starting at the top center and working down and out to the edges. Use a slow smooth stroke with even pressure. Go over the entire decal removing air bubbles from underneath the vinyl.
6. Slowly peel back the transfer tape, if any part of the decal lifts up from the window, press it back down carefully and go over that area again with a credit card using even pressure, resume peeling back the transfer tape.
If small bubbles are showing up under the vinyl, pierce the vinyl with a sewing needing. Use your finger nail and push the air out through the hole. Press firmly til the air is gone and the pin hole closed.
Once the decal is applied to the glass, avoid using any harsh commercial cleaners on your car windows. These can cause your window decal to curl and lift along the edges shortening the life span of the decal.
If you needing something that can be applied to your car or truck multiple times, a magnetic sign may be for you. A magnetic sign can be easily moved from one vehicle to another in seconds. Both magnetic signs and car decals are a great way to promote your business without spending a lot of money. Both the are made with a 4 year heavy duty sign grade vinyl. They will last for many years with minimal maintenance.
KD’s Graphics can create a custom multi-color decal for you. They can be applied to the rear window of your car or truck. We also do custom car magnets for your car doors. Need a custom banner for your next sales event, family reunion or meeting. Ask Us How! Serving Salisbury and Rowan County, North Carolina.
The Art of embellishing clothing goes back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans when they added political signs and religious symbols to their tunics and armor.
The “T-shirt”, as we know it, originally started out as a simple crew-neck short sleeved shirt that was meant to be worn under a soldiers uniform. They were issued to a sailor as part of their standard uniform (U.S. Navy) sometime around the Spanish American War. It was soon adopted by the U.S. Army as part of their uniform issued to recruits. The T Shirt got its iconic name from its shape, that of course being the letter “T”. The T-Shirt become very popular with workers who appreciated the comfortable lightweight cotton and short sleeves.
A few decades later, the University of Southern California football players wore a similar shirt to prevent chafing from pads and equipment during practice. The T’s became so popular on campus the students started pilfering them for casual wear. In response to the theft of these shirts, the school began stenciling “Property of USC” on them as a crime-prevention tactic, not a statement of school pride. By the 1920’s, the “T-Shirt” was part of the American lexicon along with its inclusion into the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Mickey Mouse would follow suit a few years later as an exclusively licensed print. The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC has ‘the oldest printed T-shirt’ on record in their collection and on display. It is a campaign shirt for New York Governor Thomas Dewey’s 1948 presidential campaign.
The WWII veterans returning home would wear their service trousers with their quarter-sleeve undershirts as casual wear. This look became very common in the 1950’s. This was also the time when Marlon Brando, 1951 in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and James Dean, 1955 in “Rebel Without A Cause” furthered the shirts popularity in film.
The 1960’s bring us rock n roll album art via the T-Shirt like The Rolling Stones “Tongue and Lips”, Pink Floyd’s “The Prism” and The Grateful Dead’s album cover art was popularized by concert goers as the screen printing industry evolves. In 1969, The Rit Dye Company markets their dye as way to turn a mundane white shirt into psychedelic tie-dye masterpiece. Rit Dye arranges for tie-dyed shirts to be distributed to the audience and performers at Woodstock Concert, clinching the tie-dyed T-shirt’s place in the hippie movement and pop culture.
The ironic T-shirt is formalized, the tuxedo T-shirt appears in the 1970’s. The popularity of this T-Shirt is still a mystery. In 1977 the world sees the “Heart” T-shirt for the first time which is a marketing campaign for the State of New York. Graphic designer Milton Glaser comes up with a logo including the letter “I” followed by a heart symbol and the state abbreviation. This logo is quickly adopted by T-shirt makers as souvenirs for tourists. This T Shirt has been so popular that everyone in America has owned one or two.
The T-shirt goes Goes Hollywood again, or Goes Miami. In the 80’s, Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) of TV’s Miami Vice sports a T-shirt as part of his ever-changing, candy-colored wardrobe. This look with the rolled-up jacket sleeves and slip-on sock less loafers, takes off like wildfire. This combo of T-shirt and jacket is still alive today.
Through the 90’s and into the new century this cotton garment has been the back drop for everything from campaign slogans to sporting events, good or bad, it is here to stay. The simplicity of this humble garment has influenced the world.
The T-Shirts overall design has changed very little, but the fabrics and the multitude of colors they come in have changed this simple garment from underwear to everyday casual wear. The digital age of art and graphics plus the advancement in inks will keep the customized T-Shirt at the forefront of most peoples wardrobes for years to come. Once again social issues are topical along with environmental concerns such as global warming. The t-shirt has certainly stood the test of time, and it has a long way to go yet.
KD’s Graphics is more than a printing and graphics company. We are in the Advertising and Marketing Business. We are here to help you get noticed, we also do Yard Signs, Banners, Window Decals, Stickers and More. Serving Concord and Kannapolis, North Carolina and the USA. Contact Us with any questions you may have.
The Value of a Custom Printed Shirt
There are many people that do not realize what a customized polo shirt or t-shirt can provide. A printed t-shirt is very popular for most people especially young adults and teens. Whether you have a shirt custom printed by a professional or you have the equipment to print your own, the value of shirt printing remains the same. Shirt printing offers different benefits for different people for different reasons.
The major benefit that a custom printed shirt offers is free advertising, product promotion and of course, freedom of speech. A custom printed shirt can provide advertising everyday and is necessary by many companies for product branding. Whether it is a new restaurant, a local business or a popular product that printed shirt provides continuous advertising on a regular basis. In fact, many companies plan on using custom printed shirts to advertise their products and they can make extra cash by selling the printed shirts. Many businesses give away the printed shirt with their logo or product on it for the sole purpose of advertising. People like being associated with a winner and along with brand loyalty will wear the shirt proudly, without shirt printing this would not be possible.
Another benefit that shirt printing provides is letting us to express ourselves in a colorful creative manner. In today’s modern age with computers and the printing technology give people the ability to make their own colorful creations. They can print personal photos of family members, create their own multi-color graphics and have it printed on a shirt. Therefore, shirt printing has become a creative avenue for people to express themselves without many restrictions. There are many shirts printed these days for personal use that reflect the persons interest and causes, likes and dislikes. The possibilities of creating customized personal designs and the variety of shirt colors are endless. This why shirt printing and having a custom printed shirt is so appealing.
As you can see that a custom printed shirt offers many benefits along with great value. A custom printed shirt is a great way to promote your company while branding your products. A custom printed shirt offers a great value to people whether it is on a commercial or personal level. Without shirt printers, businesses would lose an advertising venue along with income, as well as people losing a way to express themselves through creative design. The cost of having your company logo and a company product can be accomplished at a very low cost of mere pennies a day.
KD’s Graphics can do custom logos for your church group or family reunion. We are here to support the local community of Charlotte, North Carolina. We have satisfied customers all over the area from Monroe to Rock Hill and York, South Carolina. Contact us about a custom printed or embroideried shirt today.