Save Money by Making Your Own Yard Card Repairs
As a yard card professional, you know that the durability of your yard cards is critical to your business. However, even the most well-made yard cards can get damaged over time. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to repair damaged corrugated plastic yard cards.
Whether your yard cards have been damaged by harsh weather conditions, accidental impacts, or general wear and tear, this guide will help you restore them to their original condition. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your yard cards continue to look great and attract new customers.
So, without further ado, let's get started!
Materials You Will Need
Before you begin repairing your damaged yard cards, you will need to gather the following materials:
- Corrugated plastic sheets
- Cutting tools (such as a utility knife)
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Double-sided tape
- Sandpaper (fine grit)
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Paint Markers
Assessing the Damage
The first step in repairing your damaged yard cards is to assess the extent of the damage. This will help you determine the best course of action for repairing them.
Start by examining each individual yard card letter or flair. Look for any cracks, tears, holes, or dents that need to be repaired. Take note of the size and location of each damaged area.
If the damage is minor, you may be able to repair it with simple fixes such as filling in small cracks or dents with hot glue. However, if the damage is more extensive, you may need to replace the affected areas entirely.
Repairing Bent Yard Cards
One common issue with yard cards is bending. Bending can occur due to wind or mishandling during installation. Once you locate the bent area of your yard card, place it on a flat surface. Apply adhesive to the bent area and use a heavy object to keep it flat like a few coffee table books while the adhesive dries. Once the adhesive has dried, the yard card should be straight as before. As an alternative, you can also use a hair dryer on low heat to straighten out the bend.
Replacing Damaged Areas
If the damage to your yard cards is too severe to repair, you will need to replace the affected areas entirely. This can be done by cutting out the damaged area using a utility knife and replacing it with a new piece of corrugated plastic.
To do this, measure the size of the damaged area and cut out a new piece of corrugated plastic that is slightly larger than the damaged area. Use double-sided tape to attach the new piece to the back of the yard card. Then, use a hot glue gun to seal the edges of the new piece to the existing yard card.
Filling in Small Cracks and Dents
For minor cracks and dents, you can use a hot glue gun to fill in the damaged area. Start by applying a small amount of hot glue to the damaged area and smoothing it out with a finger or putty knife. Repeat this process until the damaged area is completely filled in.
Once the glue has dried, use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or bumps. If necessary, you can also paint over the repaired area to match the rest of the yard card.
Reinforcing Weak Areas
In some cases, a yard card may develop weak spots over time due to repeated use or exposure to harsh weather conditions. To reinforce these weak areas, you can add extra support using corrugated plastic strips.
To do this, cut a strip of corrugated plastic that is slightly wider than the weak area. Use a hot glue gun to attach the strip to the back of the yard card, making sure to cover the weak area completely. Repeat this process for any other weak areas on the yard card.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Yard Cards
Regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend the life of your yard cards and prevent damage from occurring in the first place. To clean your yard cards, simply use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any mud, dirt or debris. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the surface of the yard card.
In addition to cleaning, you should also store your yard cards properly when they are not in use. This can help prevent them from getting damaged by the elements or other objects. Store your yard cards in a dry, cool location, and make sure they are stacked neatly to avoid any bending or warping.
Repairing damaged corrugated plastic yard cards is a simple process that can save you time and money in the long run. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can restore your damaged yard cards to their original condition and ensure that they continue to attract new customers for years to come. To avoid most damage to your yard cards, it's best to purchase yard cards from a reputable vendor like Yard Card Planet. We use only the best corrugated plastic (Coroplast) material and use high quality printing methods to make sure your yard cards last for many years to come so you can continue use them over and over to bring happiness to all your customers.