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3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl

3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl is the preferred choice when it comes to wrapping any vehicle big or small or when an industrial strength decal is preffered. With its patented air-release channels, ability to be repositioned, and life span of up to 8 years, it's no wonder so many customers love this vinyl material. 

Get started designing your 3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl decals by using our free online designer tool or upload your print ready artwork today!


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Design Methods

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Design from Scratch

With our easy to use online designer, you can quickly design your custom 3M™ Controltac™ decal. Just upload an image or logo from your computer or choose from our wide selection of clipart to create your personalized 3M™ Controltac™ decal.

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Upload a File

If you decide to upload an original file, instead of designing your own, you will need to upload an .eps file. This ensures that you will receive the highest quality 3M™ Controltac™ decals possible! Once you have added your product to your cart and select your shipping method, a proof will be emailed to you. When you approve your proof and make a payment, your order will be complete.


All orders must be paid up front prior to being put into production. We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. We also accept checks, which must be received prior to your 3M™ Controltac™ decals being put into production. 

Live Order Tracking

Back in the early days of making decals, we built a system called Live Order Tracking that enables our customers to track their order through every stage of our streamlined process, from order placement to delivery.

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After placing your order for 3M™ Controltac™, you’ll receive a unique Live Order Tracking number via email that will allow you to track your 3M™ Controltac™ decals every step of the way. Need the current status of your order? Just click the link in the email and get the most recent updates from our dynamic Live Order Tracking system.

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Turnaround Time


At Decals.com, we offer flexible production time ranges for you to choose from. Because it's important for you to have ultimate control over your order, our production times range from one to five business days. This allows you to make the final decision on when you need to order.

3 Day Standard This is our most popular fast turnaround option. Free and fast enough for most custom orders.
1 Day Priority Timelines can be tight. That's why we offer this speedy option.
2 Day Express Have an extra day, but still need it quickly? Express is for you.
5 Day Saver If you aren't in a hurry, you can save some money by choosing our 5 Day Saver option.

Please note: the time it will take to receive your product includes the production time as well as shipping time.


Our centralized production facility allows for shipping within 2–4 business days to 90% of the United States. Unless otherwise specified, at the time of ordering, your 3M™ Controltac™ decals will be shipped via UPS Ground. If you have any questions about shipping rates or rush production, please contact customer service at (320) 965-5000 prior to ordering.

Create Your Product

Die Cut, Kiss Cut, and Transfer Cut 3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl Decals

The main differences between these three cut options, comes down to the paper backing on each decal.

Die-Cut decal


Die-cut means that we are cutting through both the vinyl decal material and the paper backing. This cut type doesn't leave any material around the decal. Another way to look at it is to think of it like a "cookie cutter." Your decals are all individually cut out to the contour of your design, so you have individually cut decals with no paper material around the design.

* Please note, back slit (crack and peel) is only available on decals 3" x 3" up to 12" x 12 *

Kiss Cut Decal


Kiss-cut means we are only cutting through the vinyl layer ("decal material") and not cutting through the paper backing, leaving a paper material border around your decal. When you choose a kiss-cut decal, you will have extra material around your decal for easy peeling.


Transfer Cut Decal


Transfer cut option means that we will be cutting the vinyl decal material to a specified shape, graphic or text and then removing or “picking” any excess or unwanted vinyl material from your design leaving no vinyl background on your decal. We then place a transfer tape over the top of the remaining pieces of vinyl. This tape is what holds all the individual cut pieces of your decal design once you remove the paper backing from your decal. It also allows you to place multiple individual pieces of vinyl decal material on your desired surface cleanly and evenly.

* Vector File (EPS or Ai – Adobe Illustrator) format needed for Transfer Cut decals. *

Transfer Cut / Pick Charge

Transfer cut price includes 8 standard picks with a Maximum of 40 picks per sq. foot.

Additional picks are $0.02 to $0.04 per pick depending on difficulty/intricacy.

Intricately cut decals will be custom quoted based on difficulty and time required to pick.

For more information on our transfer cut guidelines click here.

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More About 3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl Return to Top

When it comes to a durable, easy to install decal material — 3M™ Controltac™ Vinyl is what you need. It is most commonly used for vehicle wraps and printed graphics for trucks, and trailers due to its durability and patented air-release channels, resulting in a lower occurrence of air bubbles and making it much easier to install, but is also an excellent choice for any general decal use where extra durability is wanted. It is the most durable and longest lasting vinyl material we offer with up to an 8 year outdoor lifespane when properly installed and maintained.

Our 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl decals are 100% customizable, digitally printed in full color and come with a scratch, UV, and water reseistant lamination to help ensure your decal's print quality stays brighter and crisper for longer. 

Why Choose Decals.com?

Customer Service

Our customer service is 100% in-house and comprised of friendly, professional graphic designers.

Fast Turnaround

Standard turnaround time ships your product within three business days.


Free Shipping

We offer free ground shipping on all orders $99 or more. Expedited shipping methods available.

Track Your Order

Track your order, every step of the way, with our proprietary live order tracking system.

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Product Information

What is 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl?

3M™ Controltac™ is a cast vinyl decal material produced by 3M™. It is one of the toughest and highest quality vinyl decal materials on the market and is commonly used for vehicle wraps due to its air release technology and ability to be removable, slidable, and repositionable when wrapping vehicles. 

Does 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl have a glossy or matte finish?

3M™ Controltac™ is available in both a matte or glossy finish. 

How small or large can my 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl decal be?

3M™ Controltac™ can be printed as small as 2” x 2” or as large as 58” x 120”.

What is the lifespan of 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl?

The lifespan of our 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl material is up to 8 years when properly applied and maintained

Common Uses

What are some common uses for 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl?

3M™ Controltac™ is commonly used for vehicle wraps, vehicle graphics, fleet wraps, and marine applications. But it can also be used for any general decal or sticker applications. 

What surfaces can 3M™ Controltac™ decals be placed on?

This vinyl material can be applied to a variety of surfaces. We recommend they be applied to non-porous smooth surfaces like metal, plastic, glass, aluminum, and smooth wood surfaces.

Will 3M™ Controltac™ vinyl ruin the paint on my vehicles?

No! If this vinyl material is properly installed and removed you will not see any damage to your paint.

How to Apply Vinyl Decals

Decals are a great way to add a unique touch to many spaces and surfaces. Whether you plan to display your new decal on your car, laptop, living-room wall, or anywhere else, proper installation is crucial for creating a strong bond that lasts long and looks great. That's why we've put together this guide that teaches you how to apply decals in just six easy steps.

Decal Application | Step 1

Step 1:

Tools Needed

Scissors Paper Towels
Masking Tape Tape Measure
Plastic Applicator Squeegee or Credit Card Warm Water or Other Common Household Cleaning Item
Decal Application | Step 2

Step 2:

Clean the Surface

The first order of business before you apply your decal is to make sure the surface is clean and dry. Any dirt, debris, or moisture can weaken the adhesion. Use warm water and soap, rubbing alcohol, or other common household items for a good clean. Be sure to wipe away any left-over cleaning product or residue with a dry cloth before moving on to the next step.

Decal Application | Step 3

Step 3:

Tape & Measure

Before you peel away the backing, tape your decal down on the surface where you intend to apply it. Measure and adjust to make sure it is centered and straight.

Decal Application | Step 4

Step 4:

Remove the Transfer Film from the Backing

Run a long piece of tape across the top of the decal to form a hinge. Slowly peel away the transfer film from the white backing.

With smaller decals, you can peel away the entire backing. For larger decals, it may be best to peel away the first portion and apply the decal to the surface as you peel away the rest of the backing.

Decal Application | Step 5

Step 5:

Apply the Decal to the Surface

While holding the bottom end of the decal away from the surface. At the top of the decal, apply pressure with a plastic applicator squeegee or credit card. Start from the center of the decal and, with a scraping-like motion, work your way outward left to right, working your way down the decal.

Decal Application | Step 6

Step 6:

Remove the Transfer Film

Once you've placed the decal, slowly remove the transfer film and press down any loose pieces and work out any air bubbles

Decal Application | Step 7

Step 7:


Now you can remove the transfer film and enjoy your freshly placed decal.

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