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deere615
08-21-2007, 04:01 PM
I am thinking about getting some truck magnets. I want magnets so I can take them off when I need too. My biggest question is should my magnets just have my business name, logo, and phone number or should I put services I do on them too. Usually when you put the services on their too they are hard to see. I've seen truck magnets and lettering done both ways what would you guys reccomend.

B&M
08-22-2007, 06:30 PM
Keep it simple company name, logo, and phone number.

Scag48
08-22-2007, 06:55 PM
Agreed. We have some magnets made our first year in business, they looked really good, but we finally lettered both trucks with just the company name, logo, and phone number and it looks so much cleaner.

tthomass
08-22-2007, 08:19 PM
For your information:

*Magnets......kiss your clear coat goodbye. It WILL scuff the clear and you will have to buff the living hell out of it to get it back.......or wet sand.

From experience.

BrandonV
08-22-2007, 08:23 PM
yeah just go w/ true vinal logos. mag signs ruin paint

aracad
08-22-2007, 08:49 PM
If you decide to go with vinyl lettering try www.signus.com. I think it is a fantastic inexpensive way to get a great looking lettering job.
Do it yourself and save....

Chilehead
08-22-2007, 08:52 PM
yeah just go w/ true vinal logos. mag signs ruin paint

Completely true. And like others have said, keep it simple: Company name, logo, and phone number. The only exception is if you do a large aluminum sign for your trailer tailgate. My current sign has seen it's day, and I plan on having a new one made up soon(have too much work now to get new clients). It paid for itself after only one month.

deere615
08-22-2007, 11:18 PM
Thanks guys for all the opinions so far. The reason I wanted magnets was because it is my personal truck and I use it for school too. I will have to think vinyl over twice. More opinions are welcome!

mcwlandscaping
08-22-2007, 11:42 PM
Here are my mags...i also have a winter set for plowing that gets directly to the winter point.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=197484

they do not ruin paint, just keep your truck and the mags clean and you're all set. And the guy that makes these for me lives right in PA, i could give you his email if you wanted to contact him about designing a set for you!
-mike-

deere615
08-23-2007, 12:25 AM
Here are my mags...i also have a winter set for plowing that gets directly to the winter point.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=197484

they do not ruin paint, just keep your truck and the mags clean and you're all set. And the guy that makes these for me lives right in PA, i could give you his email if you wanted to contact him about designing a set for you!
-mike-

MCW I seen your signs earlier when you first posted them they look good. I have one guy I am gonna see first but If you could give me your guys email I would really appreciate it. :waving: Thanks Brad

Scag48
08-23-2007, 03:05 AM
We never had problems with magnetic signs scuffing paint. You do want to take them off every couple weeks overnight, though. The key is putting them on when the truck is freshly clean.

jfgold
09-19-2007, 09:29 PM
MCM, could you give me teh information on the vendor for your signs? Where is he in PA? Thanks

capelawncare.com
09-20-2007, 12:03 AM
For your information:

*Magnets......kiss your clear coat goodbye. It WILL scuff the clear and you will have to buff the living hell out of it to get it back.......or wet sand.

From experience.

If you have to worry about that.....You arent working hard enough LOL

mielnicki
09-20-2007, 09:34 AM
Magnetic signs are inexpensive, as long as you stay basic.

GreenS14
09-20-2007, 10:10 AM
what size magnets are you guys going with? or sign dimensions for you vinyl guys.

deere615
09-20-2007, 10:02 PM
Heres a pic of the ones I got done. I think they are like 16x24. I was really happy the way they turned out.
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mielnicki
09-21-2007, 11:39 AM
I use 12x24 on both my pickup and our dumptruck

<img src=http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f289/mielnicki/Darrell.jpg>

deere615
09-21-2007, 04:52 PM
I use 12x24 on both my pickup and our dumptruck

<img src=http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f289/mielnicki/Darrell.jpg>

OMG I considered using that same guy with the mower as my emblem but I went with the trees and My Business name. Your signs look pretty nice.

Brett's Cutting Edge
09-23-2007, 12:02 AM
Fyi, check to see what the police department in your area wants becasue i live in Michigan and some of the departments are not accepting magnets as signs on the truck at that ticket will run 220+. The cop was telling me this after he wrote me up for not having my chains crossed, fire extiguisher in the truck (had one in the trailer), and not having a medical card.

grass guys
11-10-2007, 09:19 PM
Magnetic Signs don't hurt your paint job if you take care of them, such as taking them off every few weeks and washing both the signs and the truck. I made mine at my other job (fairly reasonable price) and I have had it on my truck for about two years and it's great!!! Before, I had a truck like yours where it was my personal/business truck so I wanted something that I could take off whenever I needed to and the magnetic sign was perfect!!! If I was you I would go the magnetic sign route verse the vinyl lettering.
Here is my Truck Sign:

RedMax Man
11-10-2007, 09:25 PM
I use 12x24 on both my pickup and our dumptruck

<img src=http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f289/mielnicki/Darrell.jpg>

Not trying to be a jerk but that sign is awful the font and logo is really bad and goofy. I guess a sign is better than no sign but if i were you i would want a more professional looking logo and much clearer font. just my .02.

Tadams
11-10-2007, 10:27 PM
I had magnetic signs on my truck for the first year. After that I got the truck lettered in vinyl. The question that you have to ask yourself is "Why do I want a sign on my truck?" If you want it on there just to look cool to show off to your buddies then get magnets. If you want your customer's neighbors to be able to see your name and number from across the street and give you a call then have it lettered up so they can see it. One more question and then I will leave you alone- What is the purpose of having advertisements on your truck if you are gonna take them off when you are not working? I am not picking on you (well, maybe I am a little, lol) but if you are gonna do this kind of work as a professional you need to look like a professional.

packey
11-11-2007, 12:04 AM
If you are convinced that magnets are the way to go I need to find some pics for you. At one point I used to have a sign business I have pics of 4 differnt vans. all four vans had magnets on them all four within 2-3 years had serious scratches do to the magnets and surface rust. If your truck is newer save the resale by putting vinyl lettering on it. Vinly can be pulled and does not effect the paint. Plus vinyl lettering just looks that much more professional and is cheaper that the same magnet.

deere615
11-11-2007, 06:58 PM
Magnetic Signs don't hurt your paint job if you take care of them, such as taking them off every few weeks and washing both the signs and the truck. I made mine at my other job (fairly reasonable price) and I have had it on my truck for about two years and it's great!!! Before, I had a truck like yours where it was my personal/business truck so I wanted something that I could take off whenever I needed to and the magnetic sign was perfect!!! If I was you I would go the magnetic sign route verse the vinyl lettering.
Here is my Truck Sign:

Thats a really nice sign.
Thanks for everyones opinion. I already got magnets I really like them and they turned out really nice but I might go with vinyl in a year or 2.

Sweet Tater
11-11-2007, 08:26 PM
For your information:

*Magnets......kiss your clear coat goodbye. It WILL scuff the clear and you will have to buff the living hell out of it to get it back.......or wet sand.

From experience.

I was just about to say the same thing. At first I loved my magnets. then the paint problems behind them. never again.

deere615
11-12-2007, 08:22 PM
Like I said they work for me now. I actually just washed the truck and cleaned the magnets today. I need to wax the truck sometime too.