We’ve written in the past about what a great investment magnetic vehicle signs can be for any business. A fraction of the cost of custom wrapping or print jobs, and built to last even when put up against Mother Nature’s wrath, custom magnetic vehicle signs are a great tool to have in your marketing and operations arsenal no matter what type of business you run.
But just because magnetic vehicle signs are exceptionally affordable doesn’t mean you don’t want to get as much use out of them as possible. For that reason, we’ve put together this short guide on how to properly care for your magnetic vehicle signs and keep them looking great and sticking well for their full lifetime of use.
Follow these instructions carefully, and your investment can last for years looking great:
Make Sure To Occasionally Remove Magnets and Clean Properly
Though custom vehicle magnets give you the flexibility of promoting your business or brand just about anywhere you go at any time of the day, it’s important for the lifespan of the magnet that you occasionally remove it to ensure proper adhesion during each application and also to take the time to properly clean the magnet. And lucky: Custom vehicle magnets couldn’t be easier to clean.
All you need to do a bang-up cleaning job is some warm water and a mild detergent, and your magnet should wipe clean with a soft cloth.
For those harder to clean spots of mud or any other debris that might build up over the course of a normal day of use, a glass cleaner like Windex® can make all the difference.
Be sure not to use any harsh chemicals or cleaning agents that can ruin your car’s finish, however, as the milder the better when it comes to car magnets.
Along with cleaning, taking the time to remove magnets from your car isn’t just important for the health of the magnet, it can also help ensure your car continues to look great – especially if it’s a newer vehicle. Regular removals (daily if possible) will help protect the clear coat/base coat and vinyl surfaces present on some new vehicles and keep them intact and looking great.
If you regularly keep your magnet in the same place on the car, you’ll also want to be sure that you do some daytime driving (or parking) in direct sunlight without the magnet. Believe it or not, the UV rays from the sun can begin to change or fade even the newest finish on a vehicle, and though it’s not often noticeable, it will be if there is a big square right in the center of your door that is a different color than the rest of the car. By removing the magnet and giving your paint job its proper time in the sun, you’ll be allowing the even distribution of UV rays and keep things looking great.
Store in a Proper Place for a Strong Shape
You may be asking yourself: what do I do with my custom vehicle magnet when it’s not on my vehicle? Lucky for you, we’ve got all kinds of experience in this department.
Once you have removed and cleaned your custom vehicle magnet using the process outlined above, you’ll want to store your magnet somewhere where it won’t get bent, broken, or damaged. When it comes to storing magnets, we always recommend using a large magnetic surface like the side of a filing cabinet, refrigerator, washing machine, or magnetic dry erase board – any clean, flat, metallic surface will do. By storing your magnet attached to a large flat metal surface, you’ll ensure your magnet retains its shape and doesn’t get damaged while not in use.
Remember: You never want to fold, bend, or crease your custom magnets. If you do have to roll them, do not roll them tighter than 8 inches.
Watch Out for Wild Weather
Though our custom magnetic vehicle signs are designed to be strong and powerful even in nasty weather, you’ll want to add some special care to your magnet care routine when Mother Nature does decide to rear her ugly head.
After every major rain or snowfall event in which your magnet has been affixed to a vehicle, be sure to remove the magnet and inspect for any damage. You’ll also want to use this opportunity to again clean your magnet to make sure no moisture or salt has become lodged between the magnet and your vehicle.
For those who live in warmer climates where direct sunlight can reach dangerous levels of heat, be sure not to let your magnet overheat or it can stretch. You can help avoid this with regular removal and limiting direct exposure to UV rays.
A Great Marketing Tool
Custom magnetic vehicle signs remain such a popular product for business owners all over the country because they work and they work with just about any budget. Available in a variety of sizes, designs, and perfect for a variety of uses for businesses large and small, they’re a powerful tool to help make any vehicle in your fleet into a mobile billboard.
Whether you’ve already been using our custom vehicle magnets or you’re planning on placing an order now, be sure to use the steps and methods outlined above for the best possible outcome. The better you care for your magnets, the more they’ll do for your business.
Ready to start designing your custom vehicle magnets? Check out our awesome design online feature that allows you to upload your own custom design, use one of our templates, or start from scratch using our online designer!
See you on the road!