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 How To Put a Sticker on Your Car 

Car Sticker

 

By Naomi J. Golbeck, Decals.com Staff

 

Introduction

Car stickers say a lot about us even though we will likely never meet those that see them. They may advertise your delivery business, your politics, how much you love your dog or any number of personal preferences.  

We live in a “bumper sticker” society, where complex ideas are reduced to a phrase or a meme.

If the Romans had had chariot stickers, then they likely would have just read, ”non susceptus es” or in English, “Are you not entertained?!” And they would’ve been accurate—and still are.

We live in near constant entertainment, our smart TVs streaming everything from Gunsmoke to Golden Girls, music drumming in our ears for every household task and our vehicles covered with cool car stickers and slightly annoying stick families—you have kids, we get it, Karen—so, if we must live like this, and when in Rome...let us decorate!

 

How To Put a Sticker on Your Car 

You’ve invested time in designing your custom car sticker, so you should definitely put some thought into where on the car the sticker should live. One hack is to use masking tape to temporarily hold the sticker where you think it should go. Mark the desired spot with several pieces of masking tape, outlining the edges of the sticker. You are now prepared for the sticker install. 

Applying the Sticker

Before we begin, please gather your tools: 

  • Scissors 
  • Paper towels 
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure 
  • Warm soapy water or mild household cleaner 
  • Plastic application squeegee or credit card

 

Step One: Clean & Dry

Clean the surface. Smooth, non-porous, surfaces work best like glass and metal. Thoroughly clean the area and remember to avoid using glass cleaner because it may leave some residue. Make certain that the surface is dry.

Step Two: Tape

Use masking tape to temporarily adhere to the intended surface and as a “hinge”. 

Step Three: Measure & Level

Use a line of text as a place to measure from —so it’s level.

Step Four: Peel & Cut

Peel and cut off the bottom half of the backing.

Step Five: Apply the Sticker

Using an application squeegee, press and apply the sticker to the intended surface in a back-and-forth pattern. If you do not have a decal application squeegee, then you can use a small, flat object with a hard edge like a credit card. 

Step Six: Remove the Tape

Gently remove the tape hinge.

Step Seven: Peel

Peel and remove the upper half of the backing.

Step Eight: Press & Apply

Using the squeegee press and apply the sticker to the surface in the same back and forth motion as before. 

Conclusion

Ars longa vita brevis. Or in English, Art is Long, Life is short. So now that you know how to apply a sticker to your car, go forth and apply, many, many stickers. Decorate your life and entertain all that sit in traffic! 

Roman Bumper Sticker

Somewhat authentic Roman chariot Bumper Sticker.