Stickers are truly one of the great things one could have for one’s car and wardrobe items. When it comes to putting stickers on cars, let’s just understand a few things here.
In the following lines, there are some Q&A’s regarding cars and stickers.
Question: Can a decal harm the paint of my car?
It depends on a few factors.
The decals, however, tend to serve as a sunscreen to the paint of your vehicle. That is why the use of temporary decals is not a good idea on the painted surface of your car. However, you can try and use permanent decals!
There’s also a possibility that applying sticker tends to save the shining look of the paint for a longer period as compared to the parts that are exposed. A bumper sticker on the painted trunk of a vehicle may help the paint to look like new and it will be less faded.
Unless the paint quality on your vehicle is incredibly low, the decals are highly unlikely to remove or affect the pain on the car anyway. There are acrylic adhesives used in the making of decals that won’t have any impact on the chemistry of the paint.
In short, the chance of a sticker damaging the paint on your vehicle is almost non-existent unless the paint is of poor quality.
Now that we have learned that stickers don’t particularly damage a car’s paint, this leads us to the next question.
Question: Which would be the easiest way to remove a sticker from the car?
The most convenient way to remove the sticker from the car is to apply heat to its surface. It can be done using a hairdryer or heat gum. This will enable you to loosen the grip of the glue so that you can easily peel the vinyl decal from your vehicle.
If the sticker has been on for a long time, it is likely to leave glue residue. For that, you should try using glue removal that is available at most hardware and home improvement stores. It doesn’t take much to be removed. All you need to do is to apply the remover to the glue and let it stay for a few minutes. Afterward, wipe off using a paper towel. Depending on the need, re-do this step for as many times as needed.
Question: What will reduce vinyl’s lifespan?
Most vinyl decals and stickers will last for 2 to 3 years. However, their life may be adversely affected by the following reasons
Nothing affects the decal’s life worse than the sun. It will attack both the vinyl as well as the print. Consequently, it fades. Exposed to direct sunlight, cheaper quality vinyl decals will slowly pull away from whatever they are stuck to.
Unless the decals are laminated with a resistant laminate, saltwater will reduce the lifespan of your stickers. However, you won’t need to worry about them unless you live near an ocean.
It is not the rain but the chemicals in it that will harm the decals. There could be certain laminates to protect it.
If you are planning to have stickers on the paint of your car, knowing the above information could be actually helpful for you to make the right decision.