Custom printed decals (also called labels or stickers) are a great and inexpensive way to advertise your brand or message. They can be made-to-order in virtually any size, shape or quantity. Generally screen printed, or digitally printed on vinyl, static cling, or pressure-sensitive materials, decals are long-lasting and can be applied to a variety of surfaces including windows, walls, floors, vehicles, pavement, property or packaging. The applications for decals are limited only by your imagination. Putting your message where customers least expect it can have dramatic results.
Tips for Measuring
When determining the measurements for your custom decal, you should specify the size as the height by the width of the space you wish to cover. You want to maximize the size of your graphics and lettering within the size you specify, but always leave some negative space to make the decal graphically appealing. When ordering Vermont stickers or decals with a specific letter height, take into consideration that some lower case letters (such as g, j, q, and y) descend below other normal letters.
Decals are made from a variety of materials. Your application and budget will often dictate the best choice for your project. Decals can be made with face adhesive (and are placed on the inside of a window), back adhesive (standard), static cling (to make them removable and repositionable), or with specialty adhesives to make them stick to floors or textured surfaces.
Laminates can be applied to decals to protect them from abrasion, graffiti, or UV, and to make them slip resistant when used on floors.
Most decals are easy to install. With proper preparation and planning, virtually anyone can install them. With small decals it's easy: clean the surface, line up as required and press to apply. Large decals need a little more preparation and sometimes require two people or professionals to install. Patience and planning is critical – it's best to get your questions answered before you begin your project!
You may occasionally end up with bubbles in your decal job. Small bubbles often go away over time (the film breathes, and flattens out after a few weeks). If you want to remove bubbles immediately, apply moderate heat and poke them with a pin, pressing the film down with your thumb.
Store unused decals in a clean, dry location, laid out on a flat surface. If you plan to store them longer than a year, it is recommended that they be kept in an airtight container or bag. If you reorder the same decals frequently, make sure to rotate your stock.
Decal removal can vary in difficulty depending on the quality of the film to be removed, how long it's been attached, and the smoothness of the surface it's applied to. With most decals it’s best to heat the surface the decal is applied to with a hair dryer or heat gun, while at the same time lifting the letters or stripping them off with your finger nail or a plastic razor blade.
Another method that works well is to spray the decal with a window cleaner and use a metal razorblade or window scraper to scrape the decal from the surface. DO NOT attempt this on painted surfaces, such as the body of a vehicle, or you could damage the paint. Use metal razors only on decals that have been applied to glass. If the surface is a painted surface you can use plastic razor blades, which are available at your local hardware store. The window cleaner will allow the blade to float on top and remove the adhesive and vinyl without damaging or scratching the underlying surface.
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