Vehicle stickers and decals are among the most effective and economical ways of dressing up your vehicle to make it stand out from the millions of others on the road.
Vehicle stickers are also a great way for making a statement, underlining your personality, showing support to a cause, or even your favorite football club. Moreover, if you have a business, these stickers are a good way of advertising.
However, for the result to look good the stickers must be applied correctly to the car. Some of the techniques of applying stickers used by car detailing professionals explained:
Top Tips for Applying Stickers on Cars
Identify the sticker location:
Car decals can be applied on virtually all the surfaces of the vehicle, including the sides, windows, back, and bumpers. You can either select a spot first and then buy a sticker of an appropriate size or do it the other way round.
When you have homed in on the location, you should use some electrical tape to stick the decal on the surface and step back to see if the appearance is to your liking, otherwise, you can reposition it until you get a location that achieves the effect you want.
Prep the surface:
since the sticker will not adhere properly on a dirty surface, the first step if applying a sticker on your car is to clean the surface where you are planning to apply the sticker. The best way of doing it is to dust it and then use warm soapy water and a soft lint-free cloth to wash the surface. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry it completely.
If there are gummy deposits leftover from earlier car stickers, you can use rubbing alcohol to wipe them off. It is better not to use commercial glass cleaning products because they tend to leave behind deposits that prevent the sticker from adhering properly.
Apply the sticker carefully:
Peel away about one-third of the backing film from the sticker but be careful not to remove the entire backing as it is easy to contaminate the adhesive with dust and grime.
Hold the sticker by its edge so that you do touch the adhesive side and place the exposed edge of the decal on the surface of the car. Smooth it out evenly so that the entire sticker is applied on the surface, leaving the backing in your hand.
Finish the application:
In case the sticker goes over some obstructions like the taillights, door handles, etc., you should trim the sticker so that it looks neat. If there are any bubbles, you can use a flat piece of plastic to remove them; however, to remove the stubborn ones, you can prick them with a pin to let out the air, according to WCMA Net.
Stickers and decals are a fun way of customizing your vehicle. However, to achieve the best impact, you need to apply them at the right location. Using the correct application technique is also vital for ensuring that it looks neat and does not peel away before time.