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Old 04-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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Default Magnetic (car) advertising signs - guaranteed to ruin paint?

I know we've got a lot of business owners on here - for anyone using magnetic car signs, are these things just guaranteed to ruin your car paint? And if not, how do you avoid it?

I see there are some sign manfacturers online claiming to use "special" material?
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:57 PM
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keep moving them around, don't leave them in the same place for more than a week or so and keep it waxed under them.
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Would it help to back the sign w/ felt?
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:11 PM
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it's usually the moisture that gets behind the sign that does the damage
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:53 PM
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I take mine off everyday.............
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not to mention that any dirt between the sign and paint will act as sand paper to the car.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:08 AM
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its probably more then sun just affecting the paint if you leave them on a long time since the covered area never sees the sun it doesnt get affected
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Helped my dad buy a used Jeep - the thing was literally in showroom condition and I had it detailed and waxed before he took it home.

He threw his magnetic signs on it for _one month_ and the paint underneath looks ruined already. Hard to explain, the paint looks blotchy, almost like a white film is on it. First I thought it was some sort of residue from the sign, but it doesn't come off with scrubbing of soap and water. I assume that if I were to go nuts with rubbing compound I could fix this one month of damage but that's not much of a long term solution.

I want to know if it's his particular signs, or if it's just the way it is.
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Yep if you get water in between the magnet and the car body that's what will happen.
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I always recommend that they come off few days, weekends, whatever but once a week or so. But, I've also heard sign guys say the opposite, the more you pull it off, the worse the effect on your paint, because as you pull the sign off, it pulls the paint as well, as its between the magnet and the body of the car. Not sure how true that is, I'd be more worried about dirt and sand getting between the two.
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the magnet cant pull on the paint...wind has a more profound effect than a magnetic field...

magnets draw iron particles to them...iron particles rust...rust will eat through the paint and destroy the finish...if the vehicle is cleaned regularly the signs can be placed on the vehicle and removed as often as you want without damage...we use them on our shuttle vehicles...the signs are removed every night and reinstalled every morning...the vehicles are kept clean...have never seen any damage from them...

even the little ribbon magnets will cause damage to paint if left on and the area underneath not cleaned and protected....i have quite a few customers who have tried to make warranty claims with beautiful ribbon shaped rust spots on their cars....

felt will get in the way of the magnet holding properly...if even a corner lifts on one of these signs at highway speeds they peel off like theres nothing holding them on...the bond to the vehicle needs to be strong....
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