We’ve all seen people with stickers scotch taped to the inside of their car windows. And just yesterday a woman buying magnets proclaimed, ‘I would NEVER put a sticker on my car’. While it’s fine to be aesthetically or philosophically opposed to stickers on your car, it is important for sticker buyers to know the facts. Custom printed stickers can be profitable products or strong, economical promotional tools for companies. Misconceptions about adhesives should not get in the way of maximizing the power and profitability of this medium.
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Though many screen printed bumper stickers have utilized a “removable” adhesive since the 1960’s, persistent myths about bumper stickers damaging cars continue. Bumper stickers and euro car stickers have come a long way since the 1940’s when people tied cardboard signs to bumpers with wire. Today’s adhesive choices for custom printed stickers range from “super tac” to “static” and everything in between.
Bumper stickers indirectly cause damage to paint. If you leave them on its not apparent but the process of removing them by solvent, razor blade, or heat gun or combination of them will hurt paint and depending on how long they were on, and what color paint is, you may find the paint that was covered isnt as faded as surrounding paint (sunbleached).
Removable adhesives on stickers have been offered for almost 50 years but still people are willing to pay more, in some cases double, for the piece of mind that the material will definitely come off a car without damage. Adding to the general misconception of damaging adhesives are cheap paper stickers that can be difficult to remove and do leave glue residue. When buying custom bumper stickers, stickers, labels or decals it is important to verify that the material, adhesive and print quality are suitable for your purposes. Make it clear how long you want stickers to hold up outside and how difficult, or easy, they should be to remove. Then get a guarantee that the proper product is delivered.
At Websticker we’ve specialized in custom bumper stickers and promotional stickers for almost 20 years, but still battle misconceptions about sticker adhesives daily. We sell a large number of custom car magnets and static decals even though they cost more and are displayed for shorter periods of time than a vinyl sticker. The reason is often that many customers or end users are still worried about the risk to vehicle paint jobs.
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Yes they will pull off the paint if you try to remove them. If you have to have one for some reason, when it wears out, put another one right over it. I use magnetic stickers to foist my unwanted opinions on the world.
Bumper stickers do not damage paint, but if you remove one, what you use to remove the glue residue might damage paint. Most solvents that remove glue are going to at least dull the finish.
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And, if you are having trouble getting an old vinyl sticker off a car? Before you get out the paint thinner, sandpaper, razor blade, or other specialized removal product I’d suggest using a blow dryer and heating up the sticker. The heat will soften the adhesive and will be the best bet for peeling the sticker off in one piece.