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Signwriting FAQs

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Signwriting is an excellent way to help improve your customer base and optimise your branding. Commonly, signwriting is used for boosting the advertisement of your business and helping you develop your branding image.

Signwriting in Kent has a highly experienced team of signwriters who use the highest quality products to guarantee an outstanding finish.


Listed below are 14 signwriting FAQs, hopefully answering any questions you may have.


1. What is Signwriting?

Signwriting is the process of installing graphics onto a surface such as a vehicle or a store window. Signwriting can be done in a couple of ways. It can be vinyl, in particular, if it’s being applied to a vehicle. Or, it can be hand painted onto a glass window.


2. What Can Signwriting be Put on?

Signwriting can be used on all sorts of surfaces and for many purposes. Commonly, signwriting is used on vehicles for advertising purposes. However, it can also be used as business signs for shop windows.


3. Can I Wash my Car with a Pressure Washer?

If you have signwriting applied to your car, then you will need to take some care when you are washing it. It is recommended that you use a sponge and warm soapy water. This will be nice and gentle on the car and the signwriting. Using a squeegee to remove excess water is beneficial as it does a smooth and efficient job. However, when doing this, be careful around the edges of the signwriting to avoid damaging it.

When choosing the equipment to wash your car with, make sure that you don’t use abrasive cleaners or chemicals. This is because it can affect the signwriting. Pressure washers can be used but in use bear in mind that you keep the pressure below 2000 psi and have a wide spread angle. Be aware that using a jet washer can actually reduce the lifespan of the signwriting.  


4. How Long Will the Signwriting Last?

Signwriting can tend to last a long time. It’s a very durable product and is made to be weatherproof. On average, signwriting can last between 3-7 years. This is a fairly large gap; however, this will be as a result of the quality. As long as the signwriting is cared for and respected, it should last quite a long time, but if it is mistreated, then the lifespan will be significantly reduced.

Once you’ve had the signwriting applied to your vehicle, it may be beneficial to you to not wash your car until at last a week later. Cleaning it too soon can affect the adhesive.


5. Will it Damage my Paintwork?

Not necessarily. If applied correctly your paintwork should be absolutely fine. As it’s vinyl, it will be very similar to a wrapping. Wrapping a vehicle protects the original paintwork and signwriting is very similar. If the graphics are in direct sunlight, when they’re removed you may notice that you can see where the graphics were as the paintwork that wasn’t covered will have slightly faded. This isn’t a major issue as it does take years for this effect to happen.


6. How Do I Remove Them?

The removal of signwriting is relatively straightforward. You can take it back to the garage, or you can remove it yourself. The general process of removing signwriting is heating it to warm up the adhesive. Once this has been done, from one corner you want to peel it back to allow it to come off easily. The signwriting should be heated throughout this process to enable all the adhesive to come off smoothly. To avoid any issues it is often best to get a professional to do this if you have no experience in it.


7. Can I Wax my Vehicle if I Have Signwriting on it?

It’s best not to apply chemicals to the signwriting as this can have a negative reaction with the vinyl, causing it to crack and break down. Soapy water is advisable to wash your car with to reduce the event of anything bad happening to the signwriting.  


8. Do I Need to Look After the Graphics in a Special Way?

There is no particular care required, however, bear in mind the previous comment on washing. Try to avoid using jet washers and abrasive chemicals on the signwriting.


9. Can I Supply my Own Designs?

If you have your own designs you want to put on your vehicle, most places will accept this. They can also help you design something, so if you have a couple of ideas and no design, the signwriters will assist in designing the graphic for you.


10. Is Signwriting Just for Vehicles?

Signwriting isn’t necessarily just for vehicles. Commonly signwriting is for cars, vans or buses (any vehicle) due to the signwriting being Vinyl. As a result, it can sit on the vehicle’s surface without causing any damage. However, signwriting covers optimising your brand’s visibility. Signage in Kent have professional designers who will update your signage and if needed, help you create custom logos and designs.


11. Are There Benefit to Signwriting?

Signwriting comes with multiple benefits. It will benefit you and your business (if you have one). Signwriting can benefit you because it will allow you to have the design you want on your car or van. Alongside this, the signwriting will act similarly to wrapping. It will protect the original paintwork of the vehicle enabling it to be good as new when you remove it.

Graphics work and signwriting can be easily applied to a vehicle and removed just as easily.

If you are using signwriting for business purposes, it will significantly help with the advertising of your business. As you drive your car or van around, it will allow people you pass to see what you are offering. This is giving you the opportunity to target hundreds and potentially thousands of people at the same time.

Signwriting in shop windows will help your business look more professional and assist with customer loyalty.


12. Can the Graphics be Reused?

Unfortunately no. Graphics put onto a car cannot be reused as when they may be stretched and have deteriorated a bit.


13. Will Signwriting Help Advertise my Business?

Signwriting can help advertise your business. Having your businesses branding on vehicles will help get the word out about our business. As you drive around in the car or van, people multiple people will be able to see it and get in touch. Typically it’s more beneficial to have the businesses name, colours, contact information and a little bit about the business on the vehicle. This is giving those who are seeing your vehicle enough information to be interested and be able to contact.


14. How Long Does it Take?

Applying signwriting to a vehicle will generally take a couple of hours. The process is very similar to wrapping a vehicle; however, it all depends on the size of the design. If the design is large, it will naturally take longer to apply, but smaller ones can be completed quicker.

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Tips for Signwriting


Signwriting is an excellent way of reaching hundreds of people at the same time. It allows you to advertise your business and make people aware of who you are as a company. Signwriting in Kent have professionals who will wrap your vehicle, offering your business the best look.


Keep it Concise

Too much information is overwhelming and can result in people reading something that isn’t pertinent to what your business is about. By keeping the information concise and just saying what you need to, readers will find it much easier to understand.


Less is More

It’s not just the information that needs to be kept simple, but the design does too. A clean design promotes business positively and professionally. You will build a more trusted relationship with customers from them knowing how professional you are.


Match Your Brand

When putting graphics on your vehicle that are promoting your business, make sure that you match your branding. Therefore you will want to use the same colours, logo and slogan (should you have one). You will be more identifiable if you include your business’s brand and it will leave people remembering who you are.


Easy on The Eye

Don’t go overboard with the designs. Too much colour and wording can make it difficult to read. Consider using colours that will compliment each other to make it a little bit easier to see. Train wrapping in Kent will professionally design your vehicle so that you can inform more people about your business.


Contact Details

Showing your contact details on the vehicle will make it easier for people to see how to get in contact with you if they like the sound of what you are offering. As you will be targeting a large selection of people with the graphics on your vehicle, it’s best to have a phone number or website people can use to get in touch with you.



If you have any accreditations, include them in the design for your vehicle. Accreditations are worth showing off as they will make your business stand out and allow it to look better. If people know about any professional accreditations you may hold, then it will help boost the trust customers have in your business.

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Benefits of Car Wrapping

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If you want to change the look of your vehicle without having to undergo the hassle of an expensive respray, car wrapping Kent may be an ideal option for you. Car wraps are more economical. Another advantage is that they come in such a wide variety of colours and finishes, you are sure to get the result you want.  

Instant Results

Car wraps will instantly transform your vehicle into one that looks fresh, new and on-trend. What’s more, vehicle wraps come in a variety of finishes, such as matte, gloss, metallic and even textured. These options are much more affordable than a respray but they offer the same kind of eye-catching result, to really help you stand out on the road. Gloss wraps in particular offer the same glossy finish as a respray and the colour options available to you are infinite.


Once you’ve chosen your colour and finish, contact an experienced vehicle wrapping technician. They will apply your chosen wrap carefully and expertly, in order to avoid any trapped air bubbles or imperfections that would otherwise damage the finish.

Easy to Remove

A considerable advantage of car wraps over resprays is that they are removable. Once you have grown tired of your car’s colour, simply peel away the wrap and begin anew. There is also the option to have paint protection wraps. Offering an extra level of reassurance, these will cause no damage to the underlying paintwork.

Great for Advertising

Not just a pretty face, vehicle wraps can be an ideal way of capitalising on mobile advertising space. Any vehicle can be fitted with a wrap, from cars and vans to buses and trains.
Prestige Graphics offer expertly applied premier vehicle wraps as well as a variety of other services you may be interested in. We offer professional window tinting, signage or signwriting and vehicle wrapping in Kent. To find out more about our car wrapping service and how we can help, contact Prestige Graphics today.

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Vehicle Wraps FAQ’s

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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding vehicle wraps.

What Are Vehicle Wraps?

Vehicle wraps are large graphic vinyl decals that are applied to a vehicle over the original paintwork. Oftentimes, vehicle wraps are utilised for advertising purposes, but they can also be a great way to change the colour or appearance of your vehicle quickly and without resorting to a costly respray. Vehicle wraps come in a wide range of colours and finishes, such as metallic, matte or glossy. You can get a full wrap or a partial wrap depending on your specifications.

What does the Wrapping Process Involve?

For all vehicle wraps, including bus and fleet wraps, there are three steps to the process.

Firstly, the design of the wrap, which involves collating accurate measurements of your vehicle and coming up with the design you want, is applied.

The second step involves the production of the vehicle wrap, where it is printed and laminated with a coating that provides protection against scratches and UV rays.

The final step is the application phase. The exterior of your vehicle will be cleaned of any debris, including mud, wax, oil and dirt. The technicians will then apply the wrap to your vehicle.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Typically a vehicle wrap application can be completed in a day.

What If My Vehicle Wrap Becomes Damaged?

If your vehicle wrap sustains any damage, it is possible to replace the damaged panel individually avoiding the need for the entire wrap to be replaced.

How Long Does a Vehicle Wrap Last?

A vehicle wrap can last for between one and five years.

Are Vehicle Wraps Difficult to Remove?

Not at all! Vehicle wraps can simply be removed by peeling back the vinyl from the vehicle’s paintwork.
If you are interested in obtaining a premium wrap for your vehicle, or for any signage, tinting and signwriting requirements you may have, contact the experts at Prestige Graphic Installations.