Types of ute tray vehicle signage

If you want signage for your vehicle's ute tray there are a few options you can consider. We explain the best way to get signage on your ute
Types of ute tray vehicle signage

What types of ute tray vehicle signage can you buy?

  • There are different types of ute tray vehicle signage available
  • The right choice of signage depends on your vehicle’s usage
  • Signage can be simple graphics or full vehicle wraps covering the tray
 

Our sign shop in Cardiff on the Central Coast of NSW sells vehicle signage for utes. Our sign writers can design signage that can be applied to the ute tray of any vehicle make or model. The vehicle that is used the most by local business owners on the Central Coast and the industrial areas of Newcastle are utes. 

Any ute and its tray can be turn into a mobile advertisement that promotes your business 24 hours a day by putting signage on the tray, doors, bonnet, roof or canopy. Our vehicle signage company near Newcastle can help you design the most suitable ute signage for your needs and then install it for you.

The types of vehicle signage that we sell that are suitable for utes (including the body, bonnet or ute tray) include;

  • Graphics and lettering
  • Logos and decals
  • Magnetic signs
  • Mine spec safety signage
  • Partial and full vehicle wraps

What ute tray signage should you choose?

At Screen Signs, we take pride in being Cardiff’s leading signage company and over the years our range of services has evolved beyond printing things on paper. This is why we produce signage for buildings, retail shops and even vehicles like utes. With the evolution of printing techniques it has become very easy to apply signage to practically any part of a ute, including the tray. 

Our expert team can transform your ute into a powerful marketing tool by sharing promotional messages or required numbering or safety regulation information made from a variety of materials, each offering different benefits depending on the specific needs of the business and the environmental conditions to which the signage will be exposed. 

Here are some common types you can choose from;

  • Vinyl Graphics and Decals:
    The most popular choice for ute signage is to get vinyl graphics or decals printed and installed because they are durable, weather-resistant, and can be printed in vibrant colours with detailed designs. They can be applied directly to the ute tray and are great for both temporary and long-term use.

    Vinyl lettering can personalise your car, van, boat, or truck. It provides long-life removable graphics with lettering of all shapes and sizes. Vehicle Decals are great for branding your vehicle with your logo, what you do and contact details. It’s a cost effective solution to apply and gives a professional result.

    Keep in mind that the investment of a sign on a car is usually a fraction of the cost of advertising in other forms of media.
 
  • Partial or full vehicle wrap:
    This really is the ultimate in vehicle signage and yes it uses vinyl but people just refer to wrapping as a different type of signage altogether. You can create a talking point by wrapping your ute with a vehicle wrap and we use the highest quality wrap films and can even laminate over our wrap with a gloss cast conformable vinyl to ensure the best long term finish.
 
  • Magnetic Signs:
    These are perfect for temporary or interchangeable signage. Magnetic signs can be easily applied and removed without damaging the vehicle’s paint. They are ideal for businesses that need to switch signage between different vehicles or update their messaging regularly.

    Custom ute tray magnets and magnetic signs are an easy and highly effective way to promote your business without the need for a permanent fixture to your vehicle. High quality vehicle grade magnetic signs are a durable, simple and cost effective way for you to promote your business.
 
  • Aluminium or Metal Sheets:
    Durable and resistant to weather conditions, aluminium or other metal sheets can be used for more permanent and rugged signage. They are typically used for more industrial or heavy-duty applications and using pop rivets they are fixed to the ute tray. 
 
  • Acrylic or Plastic Panels:
    It isn’t common but these can be used for creating high-quality, durable signs with a professional finish. They are lighter than metal and can be printed with high-resolution graphics pretty easily.
 
  • Reflective Materials: Reflective vinyl or sheeting is used for high visibility signage, especially useful for vehicles that are on the road during the night, in low-light conditions or are used on mines where it is a regulatory requirement.
 
  • One-Way Vision Perforated Vinyl:
    Ideal for rear window graphics, this material allows for full-colour printing while not obstructing the view from inside the vehicle. 
 
  • Polymer Ute Tray Liners: While not a signage material per se, these liners can protect the ute tray from damage and wear, preserving the integrity of any signage applied to it.
 

The choice of material will depend on factors such as the desired durability, exposure to weather conditions, budget, and the type of graphics or information to be displayed. It’s also important to consider the ease of installation and removal, especially if the signage needs to be updated or changed frequently.

Ute tray signage designer & installer

The process to get ute tray signs designed and installed is very simple and perhaps you just want your business logo, phone number and website displayed on the sides and rear of your ute tray.

Custom design:
Our journey begins with a collaborative design process where we work closely with you to understand your brand identity, message, and goals. Our skilled graphic designers craft bespoke ute tray signage concepts that align with your requirements which includes a mock up so you can see how it will look. We will ensuring every detail is meticulously thought out to create compelling visual impact no matter how simple or complex the signage will be.

High quality printing:
Once the design is finalised, we employ cutting-edge printing technology and premium materials to bring your ute tray signage to life. Our high-quality printing techniques guarantee vibrant colours, sharp graphics, and a durable finish that can withstand various weather conditions and road challenges.

Professional installation:
Our experienced installation team ensures that your signage expertly applied for a seamless appearance on any surface. We handle the entire installation process efficiently, making sure your signage not only looks stunning but also adheres securely to your ute’s tray, doors or bonnet for promising longevity.

A sign shop that sells ute tray signage

Utes give any business a large surface area that you can use to promote your company products or services when you use one of our impactful graphic designs. We can include high definition graphic images and amazing vibrant colours. It is a known fact that ute wraps are seen by more people than almost any other form of advertising simply because these vehicles are on the road all the time or at job sites.

Whether you’re driving to a customer meeting, a job site or to get home your ute is on the road working for you, generating more awareness of your business and maybe even a few potential leads.

 

Expertise and Experience:

With years of industry experience, Screen Signs has established a reputation for excellence in signage design, printing, and installation. Our skilled professionals bring their expertise to every project, delivering exceptional results that exceed expectations.

 

 

Personalised Solutions:
We understand that every business is unique. That’s why we offer personalised signage solutions tailored to your brand’s identity, ensuring your ute becomes a captivating mobile billboard that communicates your message effectively. We can also help you with your building, retail shop or promotional signage so that everywhere someone sees your business it looks and feels like it is presented consistently.

 

 

Quality Assurance:
We are committed to delivering the highest quality ute tray signage that not only looks impressive but also endures the rigours of the road. Our dedication to using top-tier materials and state-of-the-art technology guarantees a finished product that stands the test of time.

 

 

Client-Centric Approach:
At Screen Signs, your satisfaction is our priority. We value open communication, prompt service, and a seamless customer experience from design to installation. Our team is always ready to address your questions, concerns, and unique requirements.

 

 

Our sign writers take into consideration the curved shapes of the door or bonnet panels that contrast with straight edge that ute trays typically have. We can create spectacular graphics that have lots of detail and include your important brand messaging. We have signage wrap options that are perfect for the aluminium sides of a ute tray and can include the rear flap. This is usually the easiest and cheapest option. 

We can design and install ute wraps based on your existing designs or our graphic design team can create a design for you. We can install your signage to fit around brackets, support beams, roof racks or other obstructions. If you want to increase your brand’s visibility and make a lasting impression with custom ute tray signage from Screen Signs contact us today to discuss your signage needs, and let’s turn your ute into a dynamic advertising platform that drives your business. 

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The process to get ute tray signage

The process of installing new decals or signage on a ute tray involves several steps to ensure that the signage is applied smoothly, looks professional, and lasts as long as possible;

  • Design: The first step is designing the decal. This involves creating a graphic design that suits the business’s branding and message, taking into consideration the dimensions of the ute tray for a perfect fit.

  • Print: Once the design is finalised, it is printed on high-quality vinyl using professional-grade printers. The type of vinyl used can vary depending on durability needs and budget.

  • Preparation of the Vehicle: The ute tray must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt, grease, or residue. This step is crucial as any particles left on the surface can cause the vinyl to bubble or not adhere properly.

  • Drying: After cleaning, the surface must be completely dried. Any moisture can interfere with the adhesive.

  • Positioning the Decal: Before removing the backing paper, the decal is positioned on the ute tray to ensure proper alignment. This step might involve measuring and using masking tape to hold the decal in place temporarily.

  • Application of the Decal: The backing paper is peeled off, and the adhesive side of the decal is carefully applied to the surface of the ute tray. This is done gradually to avoid air bubbles.

  • Use of Squeegee: A squeegee or a similar tool is used to smooth out the decal as it is applied. This helps to remove any air bubbles and ensures that the decal adheres evenly to the surface.

  • Finishing Touches: After the decal is fully applied, it’s gone over again with the squeegee to secure the edges and ensure no parts are lifting. Any excess material is trimmed away, especially around edges or curves, for a clean finish.

  • Inspection and Curing:  A final inspection is done to check for any imperfections or bubbles. The decal should be left to cure for a specified time. During this period, the adhesive bonds fully with the surface, and the vinyl settles.


Professional installation is recommended for the best results, as the process requires skill to avoid bubbles, creases, and misalignment. Additionally, professionals can ensure that the right type of vinyl is used for the specific application, which can significantly affect the longevity and appearance of the decal.

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Kylie Wells
Kylie Wells

Kylie is the Director of Screen Signs and is passionate about helping local businesses promote themselves with signage for their building, retail shop, vehicles or other locations.

Kylie and her husband run Screen Signs, a local sign writing business serving the Central Coast & Hunter region from their sign shop in Cardiff near Newcastle in Australia.

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