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Opaque Vehicle Decals

  • Easy to Install
  • Custom Colors, Shapes & Sizes
  • Long Lasting
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Great for Use On the Body of Any Vehicle

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  • Can be applied to any vehicle
  • Won't damage vehicle paint
  • Can withstand most car washes


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What are Opaque Vehicle Decals?

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Fully custom opaque car decals are easy to install and are perfect for advertising your business or
customizing your personal vehicle. Made from thin but durable adhesive vinyl, you can drive around
with confidence knowing that your decal will be noticed in a good way. The natural color of opaque
car decals is white, but you can customize any design with any color.

Vehicle decals have many uses, including advertising, branding, and decor. Make your decal
personal and unique with a custom shape, custom shape with border or choose a background color
that will help your vehicle’s message stand out and get noticed.

Opaque Car Decal Features

Additional Specs

  • Weight:

    .09lbs per square foot (about the weight of 9 Quarters)

  • Thickness:

    3 mil (.003”) About the thickness of 1 sheet of copy paper

  • Details:

    White, versatile, bubble-free finish

  • Uses:

    Indoor/Outdoor. Vehicle doors, body and windows. Business advertising, vehicle graphics and decor

  • Print Method:

    Four color process, eco-friendly, weather, fade and abrasion resistant UV ink

  • Estimated Lifespan:

    5+ years with proper placement and care

  • Common Sizes

    6”x6”, 12”x12”, 24”x12”, 36”x12”, measure to cut

How to Install Opaque Car Decals

The following instructions are to help you have a successful, timely install of your opaque car decal. The installation is a simple process and requires no professional help. We recommend installing your decal in an environment that is dry with a temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 1.

    Clean the desired surface with soap and water, removing all dust and dirt particles. If dust and dirt is not fully removed from the surface this may cause small air bubbles in your decal and prevent it from adhering properly. After cleaning the surface, either allow time for the surface to air dry or remove excess water with a rubber squeegee.

  • 2.

    Before you remove the backing from the decal, we recommend placing it on your vehicle to ensure that the size and fit are as you want. A dry erase marker can help you mark the edges where you want your decal to be applied.

  • 3.

    Gently remove the backing by peeling the decal away from a corner. If you’re having difficulty, a piece of scotch tape placed on the backing can help create a tab for you to grip and peel away the decal.

  • 4.

    Carefully place the decal onto the desired surface. We recommend holding the decal upright with two hands near the top and placing only the top edge to the surface first, then use your hands to guide the decal on a little at a time. At this point only apply the decal lightly. If you need to reposition or adjust the decal you should be able to slowly and carefully peel the decal away from the body of the vehicle and reposition before the adhesive fully sets in.

  • 5.

    Once the decal is in place, use a squeegee* to remove air bubbles and small pockets. When using the squeegee, start in the center of the decal and move in a straight line to the right and left side of the decal—then move up and down working out any pockets or bubbles. Continue this process until you have ran the squeegee over the entire decal. You’ll want to use some steady pressure with the squeegee to work out the pockets. You may place the back liner on top of your decal during this process to avoid damage to the decal. Once squeegeed, you will not be able to reposition your decal.

    *Available as an additional purchase.

**Note: If you are installing an “inside glass” opaque car decal, use a wet installation method: Mix 3 drops of household dish soap to 1 gallon of water. Use a spray bottle to gently spray that solution onto the adhesive side (printed side for inside glass) of your decal as well as the application surface. Place the decal onto the surface and move it around while it is still “wet” to the desired position. Finally, use a squeegee to remove all bubbles and excess water. Dry to finish.

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  • Care & Removal

    Like all car and truck window decals, wash your opaque decal regularly to maintain appearance and longevity. Regular washing helps to prevent dirt and road grime build up. These decals are safe for most car washes. However, do not apply high pressure water for long periods of time to avoid having the decal start peeling. To remove the decal, simply peel back a corner using a razor blade and then pull the remaining decal away from the body or surface of your vehicle. You can also use the razor blade to remove any remaining adhesive residue. Be careful not to scratch the installation surface if sharp objects are used during removal.

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All Car and Vehicle Decals

We offer several different vehicle decal types to ensure you are able to get the decal that best meets your needs. Create a consistent look and make your vehicle stand out by incorporating several different types of decals on your car or truck.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Product Specs
  • What material is your opaque car decal made out of?
  • Our opaque car decals are made from a white polymeric calendered film with a grey pigmented, pressure sensitive adhesive which allows for fast and bubble-free application. This material is professional grade and durable to be used inside or outside.
  • Will my opaque decal be transparent or allow visibility?
  • No. Opaque car decals are not transparent. This is the case even when there is nothing printed on them. The actual material itself is opaque in nature. Thus, we recommend that opaque decals not be used on any car windows as it will obstruct the vision of the driver and can be dangerous. Rather as detailed below opaque car decals can be used on other locations and for other uses on a car, truck, boat or other vehicle.
  • Do you offer other types of vehicle decals?
  • Yes - we offer a number of different vehicle decals. Clear car decals offer transparency wherever they are not printed and can in some cases be used for car windows. Perforated car decals offer one way visibility regardless of what is printed on them. This latter option is the best solution for rear window graphics for vehicles. See our full offering of vehicle decals and graphics to see more options.
  • Are vinyl car decals the same thing as car window stickers or car window graphics?
  • For all intents and purposes these terms can be used interchangeably and differences are largely semantic in nature. In most cases all of these terms imply a semi-permanent use car decal that adheres to the vehicle body or window using an adhesive backing. Further, once positioned on the car or vehicle they cannot be removed and repositioned. While removal is fairly easy, trying to put them in a different spot will not result in a good looking graphic. So while we use the term car decal if you use the term sticker or graphic, we’ll understand what you are asking for.
  • How thick are your custom opaque car decals?
  • The actual thickness of the car decals is 75 micrometers or .00295 inches. In other words, imagine the thickness of a sheet of printer paper and you have the thickness of our opaque decals. They are razor thin yet durable when placed on your car, truck or other vehicle!
  • What is the lifespan of your opaque vehicle decals?
  • With proper care and placement your car decal can last for 5+ years. This lifespan will be impacted by usage and the situation in which it is used. For example, decals used for exterior use and used in harsh climates may have a shorter lifespan. Those used on a display car that is inside at all times will obviously last much longer. They truly are a durable solution regardless of the usage.
  • Will the exposure to sun or the elements ruin my custom car decal?
  • Over an extended period the sun will impact any type of sign, including car decals. Nonetheless, we print with a UV ink that should keep your decal looking sharp for years to come.
  • Can the car decals be cut to shape? What about Individual letters?
  • There are several different shape options to choose from for your opaque vehicle decals, including Square/Rectangle, Rounded Corners (¼” or 1” radius), Circle/Oval, Custom or Custom with Border.

    The Custom shape option (previously known, or sometimes referred to, as Contour Cut) allows you to either upload a custom shape to our design tool or have us create a custom shape for your sign based off of your design. The Custom with Border shape option (previously known, or sometimes referred to, as Halo Cut) is similar to the Custom shape option but will leave a small border around the edge of your design.

    Individual letters are a completely separate product called vinyl lettering. If you are interested in vinyl lettering for your car or vehicle please visit our car and truck lettering page for further details.
  • What is the minimum and maximum size decal I can order? Are there restrictions on size?
  • The smallest your decal can be is 6”x6”. The largest it can be is 52”x1798”! In other words as long as at least one of your dimensions is under 52” we should be able to print any decal you can possibly imagine, design, need or want!

    Keep in mind that despite the fact that size shouldn’t be an issue that placement on the car is critical for the decal to last a long time. A larger decal that lies over top of cracks or raised portions of a car, truck, van, etc. can cause the decal to come off the vehicle during use due to the wind that gets underneath the decal. Thus, keep placement in mind as you are deciding on what size balances aesthetics and effectiveness for others’ ability to read the sign.
  • What if my decal has more than 2 colors? Will it cost more?
  • We print all of our signs in full color. Thus, the design or number of colors you choose to include on your sign will have zero impact on the cost of your decal. We even offer free design services to help you design exactly what you want.

    Things that will impact the price include if you decide to cut it to shape, the size you decide on, the quantity of signs you purchase and potential taxes and/or shipping costs.
  • Will my opaque decal damage or ruin my window or vehicle in any way?
  • The use of an opaque decal shouldn’t ruin nor damage your vehicle in any way. Whether you decide to use it on a window or on the side of a vehicle they should not adversely affect the window or paint job. Even removing the decals shouldn’t cause any damage.

    If the body, window, or paint of the vehicle is already damaged prior to installation, then the decal may cause further damage when removed as the adhesive may pull away paint or body fragments that are weakened due to prior damage.

    A decal that is in place for an extended period may cause the paint underneath the decal to be more vibrant than the rest of the vehicle due to fading over time. Likewise, user error when removing or installing a decal can cause damage to the vehicle. Just be careful when using any kind of sharp edged instrument to aid in installation or removal!
  • What are opaque car decals typically used for?
  • As mentioned above, opaque car decals can be problematic for window use on vehicles. This is because they are opaque in nature and can obstruct the vision of a driver. Thus, when used on vehicle windows they are most often smaller in nature and placed in a way as to not impede the visibility of the driver. Some examples include registration or vehicle numbers, contact numbers, etc.

    Much more common uses are for the sides of vehicles. This can be on normal cars that are advertising their own business (realtors, home based businesses, catering, tradesmen, etc) or for fleet vehicles. Fleet vehicles such as delivery trucks and vans almost always have a branded element on the side of them. Because transparency isn’t needed, an opaque decal is often used to give the branded component more contrast and make it easier to read and be seen from a distance.
  • Can I place my decal on the inside of my car window and have it be visible to those outside?
  • Due to the opacity of the material itself reverse printing is not recommended with this type of decal. Only small inside glass decals should be considered to not obstruct the drivers view or hinder the visibility of the driver in any way. If you do wish to use an inside glass decal, be sure to only apply the decal on a portion of the glass that is flat and not curved in any way. Note that inside glass opauqe vehicle decals will not be visible from the outside when the glass or window is tinted.
  • Can the car decal be used only on a glass surface such as a window?
  • No. The decal can be placed on a window or on the side or body of a vehicle. While this ability can vary it is largely dictated by whether the surface itself is porous or not and the smoothness of the surface. Nonporous surfaces that are also smooth are typically where your decal will be able to be placed. The opposite situation doesn’t allow for the adhesive to take hold on the surface and allows wind to get underneath the decal. While the vehicle is in use this wind can be very powerful and cause the decal to start to peel away or even fly off altogether.

    So assuming you have a smooth nonporous surface on your vehicle you should be set. If you are unsure of whether it will work on your vehicle please don’t hesitate to ask us!
Installation & Care
  • Does my decal have a backing? How do I remove it?
  • Yes. Your decal, regardless of the size, will come with a backing to protect the adhesive part of the sign. In order to install your sign you will need to remove the backing to expose the adhesive part. Full installation instructions are given below.

    To remove the backing it is easiest to use a corner to peel it away. Due to the thinness of the backing sometimes this proves difficult. In these cases a piece of scotch tape can be attached partway on the corner of the sign and used as a tab to help pull away the backing.
  • Can I install my opaque car decal on any vehicle paint or surface?
  • Opaque vehicle decals are designed to adhere well to any smooth, non-porous surface. As mentioned in the Usage section above, these will adhere to vehicle windows, however we advise against it. The best use for these decals is on the body of vehicles.

    Use caution when applying opaque vehicle decals to any area of a vehicle where the paint or body is damaged, raised, bubbled, or uneven with the rest of the body of the vehicle. If the decal is applied over a painted area that is covering Bondo or other body filler, or fiberglass, then there is a higher probability that removing the decal will also remove the paint. If applied over an area on the vehicle that has been damaged, or where the paint or body is bubbled—the adhesive may not perform as intended resulting in poor adhesion.
  • How do I install my opaque vehicle decal?
  • Before installation be sure to clean the surface where the decal will be placed. This can be done with water and a non-abrasive rag or cloth. Once it is air dried you are ready to install your decal.

    The next step is to peel away the backing on your decal as outlined above. Once removed you can lightly press your decal onto the spot where you’d like it to be positioned. It is best to start from one edge and work towards the opposite edge. Pressing it on lightly and using a squeegee or other sharp edge will allow you to remove air bubbles as you go. If you are unable to remove them then you should be able to peel it away from the surface before the adhesive full sets in. Once it is in place you can more firmly apply the decal. Doing so will release additional adhesive and allow the decal to adhere more permanently.
  • Does installation require more than one person?
  • For smaller decals a second person is not needed. For larger decals (larger than 18”-24”) having a second person will make installation significantly easier. A second person can help avoid having the decal stick to itself or the surface prematurely. It also makes it easier to remove air bubbles and gently peel it away from the surface in order to reapply as necessary.
  • How do I store my decal?
  • Initial storage can be done by rolling the decal or laying it flat in a cool and dry location. If stored, rolled heavy objects should not be placed on top of the decal as this can cause creases that may not come out.

    After installation the decal cannot be stored as it is a one use only product.
  • How do I clean my decal?
  • Your decal can be washed on a regular basis with a wet or damp cloth or rag that is non-abrasive in nature. Make sure that there aren’t any sharp objects or tiny rocks on the decal before wiping down gently.

    Two things to avoid doing while the decal is on your vehicle are using a power washer and going through car washes. Both methods of cleaning your vehicle can damage the decal or even cause it to fall off due to the pressure of the water.
  • How do I remove my decal? Will it leave behind a huge mess and lots of residue?
  • In almost all situations your decal simply needs to be peeled away from the surface in order to remove it. Any residual adhesive can be cleaned up using a cleaner that is compatible with the surface (typically a mild cleaner works just fine) and a non-abrasive rag or cloth.

    Decals that have been in place for an extended period can sometimes be more difficult to remove. If the decal has been applied to damaged areas of the vehicle, use caution to remove it slowly. In these situations, parking the vehicle in the sun or using artificial heat (blow dryer) can help make it easier to remove. Likewise, using a sharp edge can help remove the decal. Just be careful using a sharp edge so that no damage occurs to the vehicle itself while trying to remove the decal.
  • Can I wash my window or vehicle with the decal installed?
  • As noted above, pressure washers and car washes should typically be avoided when a decal is installed. Both of these things can cause damage to the decal or to peel it away from the vehicle. The force of the water itself can sometimes simply be too much for the decal to handle. You can wash your car as often as you wish, but while the decal is on your vehicle, we recommend hand washing.

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