Things You Must Consider Before Applying Custom Bumper Stickers

Published: 27th May 2010
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When you have made your custom bumper stickers, the next step is applying it to your car, but before you do, here are few tips you must consider.

Contoured surfaces, you must realize that bumpers are not flat, there are a lot of concave or convex curves on it, so tendency of lifting often occurs when you applying your custom bumper stickers, to avoid this problem try to use film which has less thickness, some of the manufacturers give 2 mil as their recommendations, but you must be more carefull when you choose less thickness, these films are easy to tear and once you peel this off for repositioning purpose, film will stretch easily.

Age of custom bumper stickers, people use custom bumper stickers for many purposes, marketing, campaign or just for you have decided the age of your custom bumper stickers, it must be followed by adhesive considerations. If you sticker less than one year of age you have to choose lower adhesion usually in the range of 2 to 5 pounds/inch [0.4-0.9 kg/cm] peel-back adhesion which allows the film to be removed remove easily without the aid of heat and chemicals and whitout adhesive residue. However, its lower may result in some lifting of film in areas where the film is highly stretched.

Clean the surfaces, remember .. this time we try to apply a custom bumper stickers, first we must consider that our bumpers are contaminated especially from dirty, oil and dead insects. Wash your bumpers with liquid dishwashing detergent, per gallon of lukewarm water, and rinse it with water, dry the surface thoroughly with clean, lint-free paper towels, you may use heat gun to accelerate the drying.

Please note : moisture prevents the adhesive of your custom bumper stickers from adhering correctly, can cause bubbles and can freeze in cold environments.

Wipe the surface again with a solvent based cleaner through : saturate a clean paper towel, wipe it with lint-free paper towel before the solvent evaporate from the substrate, make sure the substrate is completely dry, if necessary use a heat gun to dry any retained solvents. Finally apply your custom bumper stickers immediately.

Please note : car wax can greatly reduce graphic adhesion. Solvent based cleaners must be used to thoroughly remove any wax residue. Alcohol based cleaners do not remove wax as effectively.

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