Vinyl Letters - Do it yourself vinyl lettering

Inexpensive custom cut vinyl lettering for all do-it-yourself projects.

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Cut vinyl letters are very popular among the do-it-yourself sign makers out there. Vinyl letters are very durable and can be applied to any smooth non-porous surface for years and years of indoor and outdoor use. These nifty creatures are great for almost all lettering projects you can think of because the letters can be applied easily and removed with little to no damage to underlying surfaces.

Vinyl letters are pre-spaced (unless you specifically ask for single letters to apply individually) and can accommodate one line of text to paragraphs that can be applied as one application to look seamless and beautiful with minimal efforts. Vinyl lettering has many font, color and size options that are easy to order and soft on the wallet. Vinyl letters can also be fashioned out of specialty vinyls like frosted crystal (etched glass looking) vinyl and reflective vinyl. Need letters and graphics...no problem, we are your one stop sign shop for all things vinyl and beyond!



  • Vinyl Letter Material Choices
  • Questions and Answers about Vinyl Letters
  • How To Order Vinyl Letters

Vinyl Letter Choices - Most Popular

Intermediate (Standard) Calendered Vinyl

Intermediate cut vinyl has a thickness of 3mm and is ideal for just about any smooth, non-porous substrate (glass, painted wood, aluminum, plastic, etc.). Intermediate vinyl will typically last for 5 - 7 years without any fading, cracking or peeling depending on the severity of exposure to the elements. Intermediate vinyl is typically applied to the face or outside of a surface, but can be mirror cut, to be applied to the back or behind a surface (i.e. the inside of a glass door, backside of a clear acrylic piece, etc.) Intermediate vinyl letters can also be ordered separately or coupled with digitally printed decals to create visually stunning graphics as well.

INTERMEDIATE VINYL LETTERS WORK WELL FOR:

  • Windows (interior and exterior)
  • Short-term or temporary use on Cars, Trucks, Vans & Boats
  • Smooth Walls (not recommended for textured walls)
  • Smooth Floors (short term use)
  • Smooth substrates like plexiglass, aluminum, acrylic, steel, corrugated plastic, PVC, vinyl banners and more.

High-Performance (Premium) Caste Vinyl

High-performance cut vinyl has a thickness of 2mm and is ideal for smooth or slightly textured surfaces. High-performance cut vinyl is slightly thinner than intermediate vinyl and has a more aggressive adhesive making it ideal for vehicle graphics or vehicle wraps especially where the vehicle in question has bolts, ridges, molding, indentions or contours of any kind. High-performance cut vinyl typically last 7 - 10 years and withstands the elements and repeated cleanings very well. High-performance vinyl can also be cut to accommodate inside or outside applications.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE VINYL LETTERS WORK WELL ON:

  • Long term use on all vehicle types...car, truck, van, boat, etc.
  • Textured or contour surfaces like floors, walls, vehicles, etc.
  • Extended long term use on outdoor substrates like plexiglass, aluminum, vinyl banners, MDO wood signs, PVC, steel, etc.)

Specialty Vinyls

Etched Glass/Frosted Crystal

Etched glass vinyl (also called frosted crystal vinyl) is a great product for glass surfaces taht has the look of sand blased glass without the cost or the mess. This slightly grayish material has a diffused look making it somewhat translucent while somewhat opaque as well. Etched glass vinyl has a very sophisticated and sleek look and is a very popular vinyl chosen by businesses.

ETCHED GLASS VINYL LETTERS WORK WELL ON:

  • Interior and exterior business windows or glass
  • When applied to windows, glass walls or doors and used as privacy partitions
  • Decorative embellishments on glass and mirrors around the home and office.

Reflective Vinyl

Reflective vinyl is a specialty vinyl that is predominantly used for signage that requires night visibility. During daylight, reflective vinyl letters, will appear just as normal vinyl lettering; but as soon as the sun goes down the reflective properties of this slightly metallic looking vinyl take over, and when a light source passes over the vinyl, it reflects light back which results in a slightly illuminated look. Besides being used for cut vinyl lettering, reflective vinyl can accommodate digital printing, thus creating fully custom reflective digital decals as well.

REFLECTIVE VINYL LETTERS WORK WELL FOR:

  • Taxi's, work trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, etc.
  • For emergency vehicles like police cars, ambulances, medical transports, fire trucks, etc.
  • Parking lot markers or directional signs that need to be seen at night
  • Road signs on public or private streets for night time identification

Metallic Vinyl

Metallic vinyl is another specialty vinyl that adds a little more flair to your cut vinyl letters by having a slightly metallic look that is produced by mixing in tiny metal flakes when creating the vinyl material. While the metallic look of this particular specialty vinyl is not overtly noticeable like metallic paint jobs, it does give your vinyl lettering a bit of sparkling diversity over regularly colored vinyl. We predominantly stock Gold and Silver metallic vinyl, but upon request, can order other available metallic vinyl colors.

METALLIC VINYL LETTERS WORK WELL FOR:

  • Numbers and letters for offices, buildings or housing
  • Outdoor use for identification, branding or decoration.
  • In combination with vehicle decals or custom graphics.
  • Indoor or outdoor suite signs

Gold/Silver Mirror

Gold mirror vinyl and Silver mirror vinyl have the appearance of a polished metal. Both of these specialty vinyls are sometimes mistaken for metallic vinyls, but unlike the flaky look of metallic vinyl, gold and silver mirror vinyls actually mimic an actual mirror by reflecting back an image.

GOLD/SILVER MIRROR VINYL WORKS WELL FOR:

  • Residential or commercial lettering and numbering
  • In combination with window or wall decals and graphics
  • On vehicles for more decorative numbering and lettering
  • Office suite signs for interior or exterior use.

Please call us at (866) 267-4467 if you have any cut vinyl material questions, need pricing or would like a custom cut vinyl letter quote.


Frequently asked vinyl lettering questions

Below are some frequently asked do-it-yourself vinyl letter questions. If your question is not covered, just give us a call at (866)267-4467 and we'll be happy to give you the answers you seek!

WHAT IS CUT VINYL LETTERING?

Cut vinyl lettering is individual cut-to-shape letters, numbers and/or simple shapes that are cut out of adhesive vinyl, on a special vinyl cutting machine, that are pre-spaced for one simple application. Cut vinyl letters have an adhesive back so that they can be applied easily to just about any smooth non-porous surface. Vinyl lettering can be used to customize, brand, personalize, identify or decorate vehicles, windows, walls and much more.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INTERMEDIATE AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE VINYL?

Simply put the only real difference between intermediate vinyl and high-performance vinyl is the material thickness, their respective adhesion qualities and price. Intermediate vinyl is thicker (3mm) and less expensive; whereas high-performance vinyl is a bit thinner (2mm) with a more aggressive adhesive and a higher price point.

INTERMEDIATE VINYL: Best for all general lettering projects on smooth non-porous surfaces.
HIGH PERFORMANCE VINYL: Best for vehicle lettering or for lettering on any contoured or textured surfaces.

HOW LONG DOES VINYL LETTERING LAST?

Typically vinyl lettering will last anywhere from 5 - 10 years depending on a few factors. The type of vinyl you choose can determine it's longevity, but as a rule, intermediate vinyl last from about 5 to 7 years while high-performance vinyl can last from 7 to 10 years. Also keep in mind that vinyl longevity also depends on the exposure to the elements. If the vinyl letters are predominantly exposed to direct sunlight versus being in a shady location, the vinyl letters will fade much, much faster. 

DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE VINYL LETTER DESIGN PROGRAM?

Unfortunately we do not, but we find that having direct interaction with our customers, ends up providing them with the best products and services we have to offer. When customers call in to order vinyl lettering, our customer service representatives ask detailed questions, to make sure that you are purchasing a product that is perfect for your lettering needs. Once you place your order, our talented graphic designers create a custom vinyl lettering design based on the clients wants and needs; or we produce your vinyl lettering from print-ready files that our customers submit via email. We have an extensive font list to choose from and a wide variety of color choices as well. (Please see our our Help Center under Vinyl Letter Color Choices and Font Styles for Lettering.)

IS IT EASY TO INSTALL CUT VINYL LETTERS?

Technically yes it is. Since our cut vinyl lettering is comes ready to apply anybody can easily install custom do-it-yourself letters. The pre-spaced vinyl letters are held in place with a very low-tack transfer tape that is super easy to position and apply. Depending on the amount of vinyl lettering ordered you could literally have your vinyl letters installed within minutes with just a few simple tools. Check out our step-by-step visual instruction guide that will guide you through "How to Install Vinyl Letters " with ease. You can also purchase a cheap Vinyl Application Kit that is specifically packaged to aide with smooth vinyl letter installation.

HOW DO I DETERMINE WHAT SIZE LETTER I NEED?

The easiest way to choose a letter size is to figure out how much space you have available to install your cut vinyl letters onto. Typically all vinyl letters are as wide as they are tall so that is something to keep in mind also. For example: A fifteen character business name ordered in cut vinyl lettering at 5" tall would need almost 64" inches of available space to accommodate the lettering; whereas the same vinyl lettering ordered at 1" tall would fit into a space no less than 13" wide. Also, keep in mind when determining a vinyl letter size, the distance from which the lettering needs to be visible from.

SIZE TIP: Multiply letter height by 0.85 to determine individual letter width and then multiple by the amount of letters needed.
VISIBILITY TIP: Every inch in letter height can be viewed from approximately up to about 30 feet away.


If you have any other questions, or would like more information about our cut vinyl letters and numbers, please give our vinyl specialists a call: (866) 267-4467.


How to order cut vinyl letters with Decalsontime.com

Here are a few tips for ordering do-it-yourself vinyl lettering online.

Determine vinyl letter size and character count.

Choose a vinyl letter size based on the available space or surface area of the intended application site. Then count up your characters and multiply the total number of letters by the appropriate vinyl letter height price. Once you have your base price figured out, move on to step two, which will help determine a vinyl letter font and vinyl letter color.
(PLEASE NOTE: Orders in excess of $ 200.00 may be subject to discounted pricing, please call us at (866) 267-4467 to discuss.)

Choose your vinyl letter font and color or upload a custom file.

We carry thousands of vinyl letter fonts and in a wide variety of vinyl letter colors to choose from for do-it-yourself lettering. If you are not submitting your own vinyl lettering file, you'll want to at least have an idea of the color or font of your liking, before placing your vinyl lettering order. For those submitting art files please select a color from the vinyl letter color list mentioned above. If in need of other color options, please call (866) 267-4467 to discuss your vinyl letter color needs.

Place your custom cut vinyl letter order or request a quote.

All our cut vinyl letter orders are taken over the phone, so all you need to do too place an order is call us at (866) 267-4467, and one of our friendly sales representatives will get you started. Or you can request a cut vinyl letter quote online, and you will be contacted by a sales representative, within 24 to 48 hours.

If you have any questions about cut vinyl lettering sizes, colors, fonts or pricing, our sales staff will be happy to help! Give us a call at
(866) 267-4467 during our operating hours of Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.

For further information on our vinyl lettering or vinyl graphics, please call Quick Signs at (866) 267-4467.

Who are we?

At DecalsOntime.com, a division of Quick Signs, we have been a leader in vinyl decal and sticker printing over the last 25 years. We have an arsenal of state-of-the-art printers and equipment at our disposal to produce high quality vinyl digital decals, stickers, bumperstickers, cut vinyl decals, cut vinyl lettering, vehicle decals, window decals, floor decals, wall decals, die-cut decals at more.

We offer competitive online pricing as well as superb customer service. Ultimately, we are a one stop decal and sign shop that can help you with every aspect of purchasing quality decals affordably and quickly! Give us a call today and see for yourself just how much we have to offer you and your decal needs!

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