vinyl lettering on walls?

Ive seen many posts on vinyl lettering on walls but Im unclear. Can you buy sticky(self- adhesive) vinyl at like home depot? then you just print the letters and trace them onto the back? Do these letters peel off the wall? I have seen some ppl in the past post about removeables....can someone clarify? Maybe this is a how-to...

I'M confused:)


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Dave on Feb 27, 2012:

Vinyl letters and decals are a great way to decorate,customize and show of your individuality. a great place to get your vinly letters and decals is www.makeadecal.com we also make car lettering truck lettering boat lettering, business signs 

Jim on Mar 25, 2010:

Adam, thanks for the tip with http://thewallworks.com.  I sent them an image and they sent me a proof that same day!  They were awesome to work with. Plus they had cheap prices.  I just placed my third order.  I highly reccommend http://thewallworks.com.



Adam on Mar 13, 2010:

I wouldn't try to buy the vinyl and then cut it.  It will not look nearly as good as the professional stuff, and it's really not worth the hassle.  Just go to http://www.thewallworks.com.  They are cheap and you can custom order anything, even if it's not on their site.  I've dealt with them in the past, and they are great and fast.

megrockstar on Aug 18, 2007:

I have figured this out. i ordered a design and put it up myself. itmakes the room and I an quite happy with it! yay

coreysmom on May 12, 2007:

This is soooo easy!!! I just purchased some Custom vinyl lettering and also a pre-cut saying from a local company (sandy,utah)..These sayins are sooo Cool and easy to put up...check them out @ www.phrazecrazy.com.

denisemichelle on Feb 17, 2007:


You could buy sticky vinyl and do it yourself, but the sites mentioned in many of these posts come pre-cut (and aligned), and generally much thinner than the vinyl you'd buy yourself, and can come in much finer and smaller print than what is viable by doing it yourself.  The prices range from site to site, but there are some very inexpensive places as well.

I've become a huge fan of these, and find them useful all over- on mirrors, frames, mats, etc. 

Keter on Feb 17, 2007:

Oh, and if you print on vinyl paper directly...use an inkjet printer.  A laser printer might melt the plastic and ruin the printer.

Keter on Feb 17, 2007:

Technically yes, you can use shelf paper.  I did this in the past. There are two ways to do this:  cut it into 8.5x11 sheets and print your mirrored design on the paper and cut with a razor blade, or print out any way you choose on regular paper, tape together and cut through this and the vinyl.

The shelf paper has a drawback: it is stretchy and will deform as you work with it.  It also won't last very long. Use this for "chunky" letting styles only - it isn't strong enough to handle a fine line.

You can order sign vinyl online, and it is much better in terms of selection of colors, durability, and resistance to stretching.  It is also very expensive and you'll have a lot of waste unless you plan on lettering a truck or something, too.

I've come across a metallized version recently at about $7 per roll at Target -- looks like brushed stainless -- that has most of the properties of sign vinyl.  It would look good on dark surfaces.

To work with sign or metallized vinyl, be prepared to work with separate sheets of paper that have your design printed on them on your computer printer.  Match up the edges of the design, tape them together, and cut out your design with a razor blade.

Use a chalk line or similarly easy-to-remove guide line on your surface.  Take your time to get things lined up, and remember that any time you are working with a very thin line, you are going to have a fight on your hands and may need two people to keep the piece stabilized as you apply it.  Once it's on, it's on.

You can inquire at your local sign shop or printer that advertises signs and see if they have a cutting machine for vinyl.  If they do, they can usually take a graphic you supply (ask them what formats) on a diskette and cut your vinyl for you. 

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