Custom decals are a great way to make your car stand out, express your personal views, and serve as mobile advertising for your business. As a result, car decals are becoming increasingly popular among young people. However, when you purchase car stickers and want to apply them to your vehicle accurately without the formation of air bubbles, ensuring that they perfectly convey your message without damaging the vehicle’s surface, patience is key. Take your time, pay close attention to small details to create a visually appealing final product.
The 9-Step Process for Applying Car Stickers:
- Ensure a Clean and Dry Vehicle Surface:
- Make sure the vehicle’s intended sticker application area is clean and dry. Remove any dust or impurities to ensure sufficient adhesion for the sticker.
- If there are previous old stickers on the vehicle, you can use a mild adhesive remover to remove them.
- Cleaning the Surface:
- Mix a small amount of mild detergent or soap with water and stir it well.
- Use a clean cloth or sponge soaked in the soapy water to clean the area where you plan to apply the sticker, removing any remaining dirt or oil stains.
- Positioning the Sticker:
- Use masking tape to secure the sticker in its intended position, making it easier to accurately place the sticker.
- Peeling off the Backing:
- Flip the sticker over and peel off a small portion of the backing, revealing the adhesive side of the sticker.
- Applying the Sticker:
- Gently place the adhesive side of the sticker onto the vehicle’s surface, which has been moistened with the soapy water. Slowly peel off the rest of the backing, ensuring the entire sticker adheres to the vehicle’s surface.
- Gradually remove air bubbles during the sticker application process by using a squeegee or credit card.
- Using a Squeegee or Credit Card:
- Once the sticker is in the correct position, use a squeegee or credit card to start from the center and gradually move outward. This ensures that the sticker adheres tightly to the vehicle and eliminates any potential bubbles.
- Removing the Top Layer (if applicable):
- If the sticker has a transfer layer on top, carefully peel it off, leaving only the sticker on the vehicle.
- Final Adjustments:
- Ensure that the sticker is correctly positioned and oriented. Once satisfied, firmly press it down.
- Allowing Time to Set:
- Before the sticker fully sets, let it sit for 1-3 days. This allows the soap or detergent water underneath to dry completely, ensuring it adheres well to the vehicle’s surface.
- Avoid applying stickers in extreme temperatures, as this may affect their adhesive properties. For example, in temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius, sticker adhesion is reduced, and the sticker material may become brittle, making it prone to damage during application.
- Use measuring tools such as a tape measure or level to ensure precise sticker placement.
Follow the specific instructions provided by the sticker manufacturer for the best results.
By following these steps, you can successfully apply the sticker to your vehicle, creating a clean and professional appearance.
Differences in Six Types of Car Stickers:
- Die-Cut Sticker:
Characteristics: Die cut stickers are precisely cut to display only the intended design, with no excess background.
Application Method: Peel off the backing of the die cut sticker, apply the design part to the surface of the car, and then use a squeegee or credit card to eliminate air bubbles, ensuring a snug fit.
2. Kiss-Cut Sticker:
Characteristics: Kiss cut stickers are similar to die cut stickers but have excess backing around the design, making it easier to peel.
Application Method: Apply the entire kiss cut sticker to the car’s surface, then use a squeegee or credit card to remove bubbles. Finally, carefully peel the design part from the backing.
3. Transfer Sticker:
Characteristics: Transfer stickers consist of three layers: backing paper, the sticker itself, and a top transfer layer. The sticker design adheres to the transfer layer.
Application Method: Peel off the backing paper, apply the transfer paper with the sticker part to the car’s surface, and then use a squeegee or credit card to press it firmly. Finally, slowly peel off the top transfer layer, leaving the sticker part.
4. Magnetic Sticker:
Characteristics: Magnetic stickers have a magnetic backing that easily adheres to a vehicle’s metal surface.
Application Method: Choose environmentally friendly, high-strength magnetic material, then place the magnetic sticker on the vehicle’s metal surface and reposition it as needed. Since there is no adhesive, it leaves no residue. However, be cautious during high-speed driving as it may come off.
5. Suction Cup Sticker:
Characteristics: These stickers are made of rigid PC material and come with attached suction cups, suitable for attaching to car windows or other smooth surfaces.
Application Method: Start by selecting high-quality suction cups and firmly pressing them onto the car window or other surface. Ensure the sticker is securely attached.
6. Static Cling Sticker:
Characteristics: Static cling stickers do not use adhesive; they adhere through static electricity and are suitable for glass or smooth surfaces.
Application Method: First, ensure that the surface where the static cling sticker will be applied is clean, free of dust, and impurities. Then gently press the static cling sticker onto the clean, smooth surface. It’s recommended to spray a little water on the surface to ensure a firm attachment. Once the water dries, the static cling sticker should adhere securely. These stickers are easy to remove and leave no residue.
Each type of sticker is suitable for different purposes, and your choice will depend on your specific needs and the design of the sticker. Regardless of the type you choose, it’s essential to prepare and clean the surface before application to ensure the best adhesion and appearance.