Magnetic Vehicle Signs: The Essential FAQ

Magnetic car signs are one of our most popular products, and we are always happy to answer our customer’s questions about them. In this post, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive about magnetic signs for vehicles and answered them here.


Are all custom magnetic car magnets printed the same size?

This is one of the most common questions we get when it comes to custom car magnets. In short, the answer is no. Because there are so many different sizes of cars, vans, trucks, and other vehicles on the road, we really strive to present custom magnetic sign options for each and every one of them – which means offering our custom car magnets in a variety of sizes.

And though the final choice of which size will work best for your specific vehicle is yours, here is our general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the right size magnet for you.

Remember: For a magnet to fit securely onto your vehicle and not fall off during operation, it is absolutely imperative that it lay flat on a surface with no air pockets, moldings or hinges beneath. The numbers and measurements below are simply a guide and you should definitely measure your vehicle’s size before ordering your custom car magnet.


What kind of magnetic material is used to make your customized magnetic signs?

This is actually one of our favorite questions to answer because we work really hard to bring our customers the best possible products for the most reasonable prices.

The truth is: Despite what some printers may tell you, not all customized car magnets are built quite the same, and the thickness of the magnet material plays a role in not only how well the magnet itself will adhere to the vehicle surface, but also how long the magnet will last. A customized car magnet is an investment in your business, and you deserve only the best for your money.

All of those reasons and more are why we only print our custom vehicle magnets on 30mil thick Magnum Magnetic material. This professional-grade magnet is magnetized with 12 poles per inch which means you’ll find absolutely no dead spots across the whole surface area of the magnet. This is imperative for a secure hold.

About the thickness of two stacked credit cards, Magnum Magnetic material has an exceptional pull strength of 85lbs/ft2. This means that even at highway speeds, if your magnet has been installed properly to a flat area with no air pockets, your custom magnetic sign will properly adhere to its surface and resist peeling off. This kind of pull strength is only found in high-quality 30mil magnetic sheeting – another reason why it is our material of choice.


Are your custom magnetic vehicle signs printed in high quality?

Not all companies who print custom magnetic car signs are as obsessed with quality as much as we are, but we believe in processes and procedures that give our customers the best results. This is why we use a three-step process to print our magnets to ensure the highest-quality colors and prints.

Unlike many printers who print directly onto the magnetic material which can results in less-than-stellar-looking artwork and a limited lifespan, all of our custom car magnets begin with a high-resolution print onto adhesive vinyl. That vinyl is then laminated in a clear protective coating with a luster finish that delivers an extra layer of protection from both abrasions from flying matter and common chemicals found out on the roadways. Finally, we use a wide-format laminator to permanently adhere the vinyl to the magnetic backing material – creating a high-quality durable custom vehicle magnet that can stand up to some pretty harsh conditions.

Virtually no printer on the market times the time, energy, and equipment that we do to make sure your printing comes out perfect every time you order – and our custom vehicle magnets are no exception. You will no-doubt see the Printastic difference.


What kind of businesses can benefit from a custom magnetic vehicle sign?

Instead of answering this question directly, let us put it this way: what kind of businesses can benefit from low-cost high-visibility advertising in and around their target market? If you’re a business owner, we bet you’re salivating at the very prospect.

The reality of who a custom magnetic vehicle magnet can benefit is this: if your business could use more exposure, a widening of your customer base, and way to get in front of more potential customers, a magnetic car sign is definitely for you.

Perfect for businesses of all sizes – from a sole proprietor who wants to add their logo and contact information to their car without paying for an expensive wrap job, to a medium-sized business that wants to outfit their entire fleet of vehicles in matching artwork, custom magnetic signs are a low-cost high-impact way to get your marketing message out to the masses. And thanks to their low cost and lengthy lifespan, even seasonal businesses like lawn services and snow removal can get countless uses out of their vehicle sign.


Do I need an art degree/graphic designer to create a custom design for a magnetic vehicle sign?

Not all of us have a professional designer on staff or the creative juices to work expensive graphic design programs, but that’s perfectly okay. You don’t need either of those things to design an amazing looking sign.

Our design online option has literally hundreds of templates separated into all kinds of categories to help you select something that’s right for you and your business and create your custom magnetic sign in no time. You can also add in your contact information, logo, and any other graphic elements you may want to include.

If you do have a designer on staff or want to put together your own design, you can easily upload a high-quality file in a variety of formats including PDF, JPG, or PSD. Because we will only print artwork that will turn out high-quality and beautiful, we will let you know if there is a problem with what you’ve uploaded and will get it corrected before we go to print.


So there you have it – answers to the most frequent questions we receive about our custom magnetic car signs. If you have additional questions about what we offer or are ready to start designing your sign, be sure to check our magnetic vehicle sign page for more information.