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What Are Permanent Decals?

Permanent decals are similar to other decals but are designed for long-term commercial and industrial use. They use 3M’s Controltac™ and Comply™ v3 and have been created for both indoor and outdoor purposes. As a result, they can stick to surfaces such as wood, brick, metal, cement, and more.

These high-adhesive decals are built to last in even the toughest of conditions. If you’re looking for a decal that can be exposed to rain, dirt, and/or the sun, these are the decals for you.

At Signs.com, we offer permanent decals in any size. You can also choose from the following shapes available:

  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Oval
  • Rounded Corners (¼")
  • Rounder Corners (1”)
  • Custom Shape
  • Custom with Border
Permanent Decals

How to Use Permanent Decals Templates

If you want to try designing your own permanent decals, we have free design templates for you. Our beginner-friendly design templates are so easy to customize, that those who don’t have a professional background in graphic design can also create their permanent decal.

To get started, pick a template you like on the page. When you click on your preferred template, it will automatically redirect you to our online design tool. You can also select a design by manually searching for it on the search bar.

Selecting a design template lets you customize the design the way you want. You can change the font, adjust the colors, or add text and a logo. If you already have a design available with you, you can also upload it.

Remember to double-check your design before printing. To do this, click “View Proof.“ You can then save your work as a draft by clicking “Save,” or choose “Save & Continue” if you’re ready to proceed to checkout.




Permanent Decal Features

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High Adhesive

High Adhesive:

Because of the high adhesive, these decals are among the most permanent signage we offer. When it comes to decals, they are the most durable and will last the longest. The estimated lifespan for these decals if installed properly is 5+ years.

Weatherproof

Weatherproof:

These permanent decals are built to withstand even the toughest of conditions. They can withstand extreme rain/water as well as dirt and dust.

3M 180

3M 180:

Using 3M’s 180 film series, these decals are extremely durable and high quality. Due to their high adhesive, it is important to remember that they can damage surfaces upon removal. As a result they should only be applied for permanent use.

Custom Shape

Custom Shape:

Our permanent decals can be cut to any custom shape. They can be cut in a standard rectangle shape, to the exact shape of your design, or with a small border.

Large Sizes

Large Sizes:

Our permanent decals include a wide range of sizes from 4” x 4” to 52” x 400”.


Built to Last On Nearly Any Surface

Due to their highly adhesive properties, permanent decals can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces such as wood, cement, metal, brick, and more.

Wood

Wood

Concrete

Cement

Brick

Brick

Metal

Metal

Many More

Many More


How are they different?

Vinyl Lettering

  • No background, letters and objects cut to exact shape.
  • Semi-permanent. Once fully applied, cannot be reapplied.
  • Indoor and outdoor use. Business storefronts, windows and walls, and home decor.
Learn More

Repositionable Wall Decal

  • White background, any color combination available.
  • Standard, halo and contour cut. Low tac, repositionable.
  • Indoor. Office decor, childrens wall decorations, in-store graphics.
Learn More

Clear Window Decal

  • Clear background, any color combination available.
  • Standard, halo and contour cut. Low tac, repositionable.
  • Indoor and outdoor use. Used on windows for business, retail stores, homes and/or cars.
Learn More

Permanent Decal

  • White background, any color combination available.
  • Permanent. Once fully applied, cannot be reapplied.
  • Indoor and outdoor use. Industrial, construction, and warehouses.
Learn More


Why Signs.com?

Next Day Production
Next Day Production
Order by 9PM EST and we’ll have your permanent decals completed and shipped the very next business day.
Free Shipping over $99*
Free Shipping over $99*
For permanent decals orders over $99 your order ships free!
Award Winning Customer Service
Award Winning Customer Service
Winners of numerous customer service awards, our customer experience team keeps you as their number-one priority throughout your entire experience with Signs.com.

Additional Specs

  • Weight

    .10lbs per square foot (about the weight of 10 quarters)

  • Thickness

    .002” or .051mm (about the thickness of half a sheet of copy paper)

  • Details

    White, high-tac

  • Uses

    Indoor/outdoor. High traffic areas, machinery, vehicle bodies

  • Print Method

    Four color process, eco-friendly, weather, fade and abrasion resistant UV ink

  • Estimated Lifespan

    5+ years with proper installation and care


Installation

To install these permanent decals, begin by removing the back liner and place your decal on the intended flat or slightly curved surface. Once your decal is placed, use a plastic squeegee to press them firmly against the substrate. As you squeegee, the decal will release its adhesive residue for permanent installation. Allow 24 hours for the decal to fully adhere to the surface.
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Care

Whether you are using your decal indoors or outdoors they are susceptible to being covering in dust or dirt. To clean, wipe them with soap and water. Permanent decals are safe for most car washes.
To remove, use a blow dryer or other heat source to loosen the decal. You will then want to gently peel it away from the surface. See the FAQ for more information on the potential for surface damage due to the permanency of these decals.

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January 29, 2021 by bill ( IL )
“It seems fine. We just installed it, outside, in the snow storm. We are going to test it well. : )”
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Excellent from beginning to end January 29, 2021 by John ( MA )
“I am very happy with my purchase from signs.com. First of all, their website is very easy to navigate and very easy to customize your sign in terms of colors, sizes, fonts, etc. Secondly they had my signs made within 24 hours. From placing my order to receiving my product was one week. And they came out just as perfecter as they looked on their website when I designed them. I will definitely order from this company again. I just wish they did corporate shirts...LOL.”
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Car decals November 25, 2020 by John ( CA )
“Exactly what I was looking for. Well made.”

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Q:
Can I reposition permanent decals?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

No, you can’t. Our permanent decals are made of a high-tack adhesive material, designed to stick on most surfaces longer than regular decals.

Q:
How long will my permanent decal sticker last?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

If installed properly, the estimated lifespan of our permanent decals is at least five years.

Q:
What type of adhesive is used?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

Our permanent decals are made of 3M 180C adhesive vinyl, a very durable and high-quality pressure-activated material. It is designed for long-term use so the decals can last for years. It easily conforms to curves, flat surfaces, and corrugations, so it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The high tack and strong adhesion creates a permanent bond that prevents air bubbles and also makes the decal impossible to simply remove. Removing the permanent decals may damage the surface, especially when new.

Q:
How can I remove my permanent decals without damaging the wall?
Asked a year ago by Signs
A:

If you need to remove your permanent decal, the safest way is to apply heat. You can soak the surface in hot water, use a heat gun, or hair dryer. When the decal warms up, gently peel it off and clean the surface with an adhesive remover.

Q:
Can I use a wet application when applying a permanent decal
Asked 18 days ago by shelley k.
A:

Wet application I guess won't work for a permanent decal. Getting the product wet during installation may ruin the adhesive of the product itself. 

Q:
What it the difference between the "Permanent Decals" and the "New! Outdoor Decals"?
Asked 2 months ago by James
A:

Permanent Decals are not reflective and is good for indoor and outdoor use and new outdoor decals are reflective and is used for outdoors only.

Q:
what are the recommended resolution (in pixels) specs for a jpg used for a permanent vehicle decal measuring 24" x 34"?
Asked 2 months ago by christian b.
A:

For large-format products such as car decals, we accept a minimum of 150 dpi for jpg files. If you could provide us with a vector file, that would be even better. 

Q:
How hard are they to instal?
Asked 3 months ago by Cori R.
A:

It should be easy enough to install! Just follow the steps below:

To properly install your outdoor wall decal, the surface must first be prepared before application. The application surface where applied should be above freezing when first applied. For best results, apply your graphic when the surface temperature is above 50 F.

Please Note: For large decals intended to cover entire windows or large surfaces, we recommend professional installation for the best results.

Surface Preparation
  1. Clean the surface to ensure it is free of debris for proper adhesion. Your main goal is to remove any dirt or grime that may prevent adhesion. A hose or power washer is typically sufficient.
  2. Avoid applying your graphic to any foreign or loose substances or cracks or crevices that may negatively impact the graphic's ability to properly adhere.
  3. A mixture of 50/50 to 70/30 percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) + water can be used for dirty surfaces where adhesion could be difficult. After applying the solution, spray it with a hose and allow it to air dry. This step is rarely needed.
Q:
I need decals without a white background to install on my cranes. I think I have everything accurate but would like to know how to tell for sure so I can order.
Asked 4 months ago by Matt R.
A:

To make sure that the artwork will be processed correctly, you may want to upload it online. It will then route you to the online design tool. Kindly make sure that it occupies the whole white area. Please also make sure to check the quality of your uploaded artwork to make sure that it is print-ready. If you need further assistance with the editing of your artwork, you may click the link below to avail of our free design service.

 

https://www.signs.com/design-services/