opaque car decals.
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Easy to install, durable, opaque car decals give you the most flexibility when it comes to personalizing your business or personal vehicle. Your vinyl decals can be installed directly on your automobile's window, door panel, or as a partial vehicle wrap.
Installation: Make sure your vehicle window is cleaned and dried thoroughly. To help position your decals, mark where you want them to go with a dry erase marker, then gently peel off the backing and place the decals on the window's smooth surface. Starting from the top, lightly press them onto the window and use a plastic squeegee to smooth out. Allow 24 hours to dry.
Care: Wash regularly to avoid dirt buildup. Although safe for most car washes, do not apply high pressure to your decals for extended periods of time to keep corners from peeling. To remove, use a razor blade to lift a corner and gently peel away from the window. Clean area and use the razor blade to remove any leftover adhesive residue.
Weight: .09lbs per square foot (about the weight of 9 quarters)
Thickness: .015" (about the thickness of 4 sheets of copy paper)
Details: White, versatile, bubble-free finish
Uses: Indoor/Outdoor. Vehicle windows, business advertising
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
Yes and no. We can definitely cut your decal to a particular shape or design that you may have in mind. There are very few limitations to this capability. You can either select “Contour Cut” (no border) or “Halo Cut” (small border around the perimeter of your design) to accomplish this. Both of these options can be selected on the design tool during the ordering process.
Individual letters are a completely separate product called vinyl lettering. If you are interested in vinyl lettering for your car or vehicle that is opaque in nature please contact us for further details.
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.
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.
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.
The only possible negative impact is a decal that is in place for an extended period causing 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!
As mentioned above, opaque window 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.
No. The decal can be placed on a window or on the side 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
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.
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.
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 deal can not be stored as it is a one use only product.
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.
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. 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.
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