Picking the Best Decal for Your Ride
Decals are aftermarket add-ons that are meant to personalize your car's exterior. Its main function is to give that lustrous, cute, or masculine appearance you've always wanted for your vehicle. It's an elegant way to put your own say on how your car should look like ? from logos of your favorite sports team, tribal images, or the simplest names. But wait, decals are not all about aesthetics ? decals have other purposes which make it even harder to choose the right one for your ride. Luckily, we made this quick guide on how to pick the best type of decal for your car.
One major application of decal add-ons is its advertising potential. Buses, taxis and other public utility vehicles nowadays have specially designed decals to advertise their organization. If you own a business, decal stickers are perfect to maximize your organization's revenue through advertising products using company cars and service vehicles.
Another important application of decal stickers, styles, and strips is its capacity to announce a vehicle's purpose. For example, school buses can use decals to indicate that the bus is a school transportation service vehicle. It can also serve as a warning sign for emergency transport vehicles such as ambulances or fire trucks. With clear and brief designs, decals can serve as highly effective indicators of your vehicle's function so that other drivers can respond to it properly.
Decal stickers can greatly improve your car's appearance. Decal customizations are perfect for race cars and luxury vehicles to give that sleek and stylish look. It's also effective in hiding away car scratches as the stickers can cover them without the trouble of repainting the scratched parts. Aside from being highly customizable, decals are also quite cheap and easy to install.
Installing and Removing Window Graphics from your Car Window
Give your car a new look by removing the old window graphics and placing new ones. However, removing the old window graphics from your vehicle's window and installing new ones can be difficult and time consuming. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you remove and install a new one with ease.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Soap and water
- Soft, clean, lint free cloth
- New sharp razor
- Masking tape
- Felt-wrapped squeegee
- Grease pencil
- Heat gun
Step 1: Before removing the window graphics, place your vehicle in a warm place. A colder environment makes removing the window graphics much more difficult.
Step 2: Clean the area by wiping down the surroundings of the window graphics.
Step 3: Separate the window graphics from the adhesive using your razor. Hold the razor just under the edge of the vinyl and push the blade toward the graphics with a gentle 'see-saw' motion.
Quick note: Some window graphics, especially old ones, may split into pieces when you peel off them off which can be a bit more difficult to remove.
Step 4: If you are still having a difficult time removing the graphics with a blade, use your heat gun or heating lamp to warm it up.
Quick Tip: Focus on heating the part of the graphics still attached to the vehicle instead of the parts already lifted up. This may loosen the adhesive making the task of peeling it off easier.
Step 5: Once the graphics have been removed, you'll notice that a bit of adhesive residue will still be lingering on the window. Place the adhesive remover on those residues and leave it for about a minute.
Step 6: Take the razor blade and use it to scrape the residue off. Remember to wipe the razor with a paper towel every after each scrape.
If there is still adhesive residue left, then spray a bit of adhesive remover onto a clean paper towel and wipe the window down.
Step 7: Clean the window with soap and water. Remember, avoid using any chemical-based window cleaner because they leave sediments that may affect the adhesive on the new window graphics.
Step 8: When you have decided where to place the graphics, mark the center of the area with the grease pencil. In addition, mark the center of the graphics in order for you to have an idea where they will be placed. Now, peel the backing material on the graphics slightly then carefully lower it onto the chosen area.
Quick Tip: When placing the graphics on the window, you can use the masking tape to hold the graphics in place if it's too big for you to hold.
Step 9: Once placed, smoothen it out with a felt-wrapped squeegee. When the attached piece is rid of air bubbles, completely remove the backing and attach the entire graphics. Smoothen them with the squeegee.
Step 10: Finally, do not rush and remove the transfer tape once you've placed it on your window. Let it set in first. You can either let it set in using the warm ambient temperature for 30 minutes or use your heat gun.
Note: Be careful when using a heat gun because it may melt the transfer tape leading the graphics to stretch when you try to separate the two.
There you go! You now have a new look on your vehicle and the knowledge to replace your vehicle's window graphics whenever you want.