about us
"Call 847.334.7466 and let's discuss your signs"
Ask for Ray
totalestickers about us  P.O. Box 7 Island Lake IL. 60042
Meet Ray (above). He is a second generation sign
maker, following in the footsteps of his grandfather
Frank. His grandfather hand painted signs for local
businesses for over 30 years. Pictured below is
Franks hand painted banner for Rays 8th grade
graduation in 1980.

Today we use all of the latest computer software
and sign making equipment to create signs that
are both long lasting and affordable. Our website is
easy to use with no complex design tools for
customers to deal with. Leave the complex setup
work to us!
The startup of
Back before the year 2000 Ray was a amateur
meteorologist. He would annually follow storms up
and down the great plains. Before his trips he would
purchase 2" tall "STORM CHASER" stickers for his
truck. Shops would charge him between $40 - $60
per set of two. After 3 years of purchasing them
locally he decided to look into the costs of running
his own lettering. He invested in the equipment in
2002 and started in 2003.

Now 15 years and 17,000 online orders later sells the same 2" tall lettering
that Ray bought for over $40 for just $9.95.
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About Us and About vinyl lettering

lettering transfer tape
Ready to ship lettering
weeding vinyl lettering
software setup  lettering
vinyl plotter cutting
How to install your lettering
Peel the application tape of off the paper backing.
slowly to make sure the lettering comes off
with the tape.
Apply the lettering to your sign surface by running
squeegee (or credit card) across the tape from
one side to the other. Make sure to
over all of the lettering.
Remove the tape slowly making sure all of the
lettering stays down. If the lettering comes up with
the tape simply lay the tape back down and

Surface preparation
Clean the surface that you will be installing the
lettering on thoroughly. All wax and chemicals
should be removed. The ideal temperature range
for installing your lettering is
40°F - 90°F. If the
temperature is below 40°F simply heat the surface
the lettering is being applied to with a blow drier
and work in the sun. If the surface temperature is
above 90°F simply cool the surface with cold
water and work in the shade.
The material is then "weeded" where the excess
parts of the letters and numbers are removed
Transfer tape
Transfer tape with an adhesive backing is then laid
on the weeded vinyl.
Finishing touches
The lettering is then cut to exact size and boxed
for shipping.
One of our vinyl plotters uses a small knife to
precisely cut the outline of the lettering into a roll
of vinyl.
How is vinyl lettering made?

Orders are set up by the design technician. He
copies order text and pastes it into the sign
making software.