There are two types of car stickers out there these days – those that last and those that don’t. Actually, if you’re being totally honest there are thousands of different grades of car stickers that fit in at different places all across the spectrum, but in any and all cases it’s safe to say that you don’t want the stickers you buy to fall apart after a day or two.
Of course, there’s also a lot to be said for taking care of your prized stickers in order to ensure they stay looking awesome for as long as possible. Left to their own devices you really can’t expect to get too much life out of them, but if you’re willing to be a little more proactive, there’s nothing to say you can’t customize your car with any number of stickers and ensure they stick around for the long-haul.
Looking after your car stickers is important.
So with this in mind, here’s a look at a few tips for keeping your car stickers in tip-top condition and hopefully hanging onto them for longer:
Buy the Best
Right off the bat, it’s a plain and simple fact that if you opt for the cheapest and shoddiest stickers out there, they aren’t going to last long at all. Not only will the materials be the lowest grade and the quality of the print pretty lousy, but it will also be equipped with an adhesive that’s designed to fall off just as quickly as it goes on in the first place. You don’t have to go spending a fortune, but as least make sure you’re not scraping the bottom of the barrel. Buy from reliable sources such as Cartistick, this will help protect your paint underneath and also avoid buying stickers which fade over time.
Know What ‘Clean’ Means
When the instructions tell you to make sure the surface is clean before applying the sticker, do you really understand what ‘clean’ means? Contrary to the beliefs…or at least the actions…of so many, it doesn’t mean giving it a quick wipe with a tissue or making sure it’s at least close to grime-free. What ‘clean’ actually means is spotless, dry and free from any treatments or waxes that are guaranteed to have your stickers peeling and falling off in no time.
Apply As Instructed
Speaking of instructions, don’t assume you know best and just go ahead with whatever method of application you think might work. If it says apply pressure for 60 seconds, don’t quit after 15. If it says not to wash the sticker for at least a day, don’t do it. Long story short, do as you’re told and you’re in a much better position as far as keeping your stickers where they’re supposed to be for longer is concerned.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
It’s never a good idea to leave a car in the hot sun anyway, but as far as your stickers are concerned there is really no better way of having them peel, bubble and fade before their time. This doesn’t mean you can’t be out in the sun at all, but if you’re going to leave your car for a lengthy period of time, try to make sure your stickers are in the shade. And just for the record, extreme cold isn’t good for them either.
Shield from Bad Weather
Come to think of it, there isn’t really any kind of extreme weather that cannot and will not do a number on your stickers. As such, if you get wind of any incoming storms that may be heading your way, it might be a good idea to put the car in the garage to make sure it’s out of harm’s way. And we’re not talking about the odd downpour or windy day here and there, but rather the kind of extreme weather that feels like it could potentially strip the paint from the hood!