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Solution for "magnetics", on aluminum trucks

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by BluetailGFX, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. BluetailGFX

    BluetailGFX Journeyman

    Dec 3, 2018
    I hate magentics. I typically talk most clients into not getting them and just doing direct surface vinyl or print.

    But I have these FWS Gator Trappers, that use their personal trucks and just absolutely have to have the ability to remove and put back on their vehicle signage.

    Just had the first one order a standard set of the Gator Trapper magnetics, and of course, he just bought new ford so they are not going to work.

    Does anybody have a viable solution for removable magentic style car signs on aluminum trucks?

    I told the guy that I do not really focus on magentic signs so I do not have a solution to aluminum truck bodies ready to go, but maybe somebody does.
  2. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

    Sep 28, 2017
    You could offer to mount a piece of .25" steel to the door, with some fancy looking standoffs or I suppose counter sunk screws would be best so the magnet lays flat. Other than mounting steel inside the door, or coating the door with a magnetic something, obviously nothing will make the magnet hold. You could try talking him into clings, but I myself have no experience with them, and if it's for some good ole boys and their trucks, I doubt the cling will survive being removed more than a couple of times...
    Do they make a magnetic laminate you could apply to the door? I seem to recall something like this advertised along with chalk receptive laminate, but never looked into it.

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Linden, NJ
    Micro Suction Cup tape??? Just did a google search and it popped up. I wouldn't drive 75 with it there...but has potential.
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  4. stoliker

    stoliker Member

    Aug 30, 2010
    I remember a while ago BigFishDm had a product called iDot that may work.
  5. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    idot would be far more temporary than the conventional magnetic.
  6. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

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  7. jagsouthern

    jagsouthern Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    We thought the same thing the first time. Moisture releases the suction at higher driving speeds and it peels back. Fine for stationary anything.
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  8. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

    Sep 3, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Our supplier had a two part magnetic that was essentially the vinyl then the magnetic. The “vinyl” was just like a regular vinyl but essentially turned the surface into a magnetic surface. Then you can use any magnetic to stick to it.

    We haven’t tried it but may be worth a look into. As far as I remember he said it should be vehicle grade too.
  9. Robert Armerding

    Robert Armerding Merchant Member

    Mar 3, 2017
    San Jose, CA
    I wonder. Could you maybe be referring to Magnum RobberSteel Material with adhesive on the back side? It is printable. I do not know if would work on Ford trucks. So, it would need some checking first.
    Check also, the Magnetic RubberSteel will then hold your regular magnetic sheet. But that gets a little thick. I have never made this kind of sign, but I sure did order a lot of the material when I worked at Product Sign Supplies. So due diligence.
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  10. zspace

    zspace Merchant Member

    Jul 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Wall Lizard. It’s not perfect but it works anywhere you planned to put a magnet. The customer needs to save a backer for storage.
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  11. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

    Sep 3, 2018
    United Kingdom
    doubt it, we’re in the UK. Probably the same idea though. There’s a brown or a white option for the base.
  12. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Premium Subscriber

    It's not worth the trouble. Sell them a wrap or cut vinyl and move on. All other options are expensive, time-consuming, or won't last.
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  13. Notarealsignguy

    Notarealsignguy Very Active Member

    Feb 20, 2020
    GAC recommended this to us a few months ago. https://www.fixxons.com/2Unistick/main.html
    We didn't end up using it as magnet replacements but I did try it on my truck. It sticks really well. For FWC trappers its probably infrequent use and should be fine. They probably only have to stick them on their trucks when they are trapping and maybe carrying a gator which typically is a sideline thing that they do.
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  14. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    Something I have been trying with select customers I know well, and who are looking for a cheap or non-magnetic alternative; removeable/reusable floor graphics....
    The stuff I have is awesome, it's thick and tough...I put some on my counter a year ago and it still looks great and comes off cleanly, even with everyone leaning and sliding stuff all over it.
    It goes down with just your hand and when you want, pull it up and put it back on the backing paper to use later. It takes way more force to remove it than pulling of a magnet, so I don't think it will be an issue, but I will see.
    I bought it awhile ago, and it has no markings so I think this is the stuff, but I'm not 100% sure:

    edited to add: it runs around $380 for 54" x 100'

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