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Having Difficulty Deciding Which Type To Choose?

Carstickers.com offers a variety of types and styles; And while they will all look great on your vehicle or surface of choosing, there are some key differences in how they are made and applied.

Transfer Stickers have been cut out of material and had the background removed from the design. They are applied using transfer tape.

Printed Stickers are made by digitally printing your design on vinyl. They are applied by peeling the sticker from the backing and applying it by hand.

Our decals are great for just about anyone. Whether you are a business owner or simply have your own unique artistic style that you'd like to utilize, this is a great way to create the perfect, custom-made decal or sticker. Upload your own image or logo and then customize it to create your own sticker. There are several styles to choose from depending on what you're trying to accomplish and what you need the decal for. Some of the coolest looking stickers and decals are our multi-color transfer stickers. These stickers have no background which makes it look less like a decal and more like a custom paint job.

Great for Business & Brand Awareness

For our business owners, this is where you can create a signage and labeling for your business. You can utilize our die cut stickers or vinyl lettering to show your business logo and information on work trucks or on your shop window. The oval and rounded corner stickers are also great for businesses to give out with their company logo and contact info. You can also check out our custom magnet page to create the magnet version.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

Are cars the only things I can apply the stickers to?

Answer:

Absolutely not! You can apply our stickers to any smooth surface. Some great places are: cars, trucks, boats, r.v.'s, motorcycles, skateboards, bicycles, helmets, laptops and much more!

Question:

Is there a minimum order quantity for custom stickers?

Answer:

No, there is no minimum order quantity for custom stickers. However, ordering in larger quantities will reduce the cost per sticker.

Question:

How long does it take to get the stickers?

Answer:

All of our stickers are custom made, so most orders are processed and shipped within 5-7 business days. Production time for bulk orders is based on the quantity ordered. If you live outside the United States please allow 2 to 6 weeks for delivery, depending on customs and your chosen shipping method.

Question:

How do I remove a vinyl sticker?

Answer:

Do you have old, damaged stickers left on your car, water bottle or laptop? Here at Carstickers.com we use top grade vinyl stickers that come with air-egress technology to keep the sticker removal process fast and simple. However, not all companies use this type of sticker, so we wanted to provide you with this handy guide to help you remove any sticker from any surface.

Removing a Sticker Instructions

To start, it is important to note what kind of material your sticker is stuck on. Materials such as glass or stainless steel will allow you to use different techniques and tools than a laptop or car door while removing a sticker. For example, we would not recommend using a box cutter or excessive window cleaner on your car paint or electronics. While there are many wacky tips and suggestions for how to remove stickers from peanut butter and mayonnaise to baking soda and vinegar, we have found over the years that this simple step by step method will remove almost any sticker.

Method 1: Heat

STEP 1
Using a hair dryer or other heat source, heat the sticker slowly, starting in the middle and working your way out to the edges. Be sure not to heat the sticker too fast as you might accidentally burn or melt the adhesive onto the surface underneath.

Removing a Sticker - Step 1

STEP 2
Using a plastic card such as a gift card or hotel key, start at one corner and gently push the sticker off of the surface. It is important to have a firm grip on the card and apply enough pressure to remove the corner.

Removing a Sticker - Step 2

STEP 3
Grab the corner of the sticker and pull it towards the rest of the sticker. The lower the angle here the better. If you pull the sticker at a 90 degree angle there is a higher chance of ripping or tearing the sticker and leaving more residue on your material’s surface.

STEP 4
After you have pulled off most of the sticker using heat and the plastic scraper, spray the area with window cleaner. Then use wet wipes or a soft cloth to rub off the remaining adhesive. If the sticker was pulled off of car paint then buff the area with car wax.

Method 2: Rubbing Alcohol

STEP 1
The materials you will need for this method will be a +90% based rubbing alcohol, some cotton balls, and a plastic card or razor blade.

STEP 2
Dab the rubbing alcohol on the cotton balls. Once they are wet but not overly soaked, rub the surface of the sticker until it starts to soak up some of the rubbing alcohol.

STEP 3
Let the sticker sit for 5 to 10 minutes while the rubbing alcohol soaks in. If you notice the surface of the sticker is to dry, just add some more rubbing alcohol while continuing to let it soak. When you’re ready, simply pull off the sticker!

STEP 4
Using your plastic card or razor blade (only use a razor blade on hard surfaces such as glass), scrape off any remaining sticker and adhesive.

Question:

How do I know what size of sticker to order?

Answer:

The right sticker size depends on its use. For example, a small sticker can go on a water bottle, while a larger sticker works well on a laptop. Popular sizes include: 3x3 square labels, 4x4 square labels, 1x1 circles, 2x2 inches, and 3.5 x 2 inches.

Here are some tips for choosing sticker sizes:

  • Type: Printed stickers can be as small as 0.5"x 0.5" when placed on a sheet. Transfer stickers need to be significantly larger depending on the complexity of the design since it will be cut out of vinyl and have the background removed.
  • Size of your design: Simple designs without text can fit on a 2x2 inch circle sticker. More detailed designs with text should go on a larger sticker, at least 3.5 x 2 inches.
  • Use: Product labels need to fit their containers, decals should be large enough to be seen from a distance, and branding stickers should be eye-catching but not too big.
  • Shape: A 3x3 inch sticker is a versatile size that works in many places.
Question:

What are the pricing options for custom stickers?

Answer:

Pricing for custom stickers is based on three factors: the material, the size, and the quantity ordered. Once you make these selections on the product details page, you will see the price. You can adjust any of these options to see the updated pricing.

Question:

Are there discounts for bulk orders?

Answer:

Yes! In addition to the standard quantity discount, every line item in the cart with a quantity of 25 or more will receive an additional discount based on the total quantity ordered.

Question:

Can I get a proof of my stickers?

Answer:

Yes, when you are checking out before you get to the cart you will be given a "proof approval" option. If you would like to receive a proof you may choose the second option: "My design will need the changes or corrections listed below. I understand that these changes may incur an additional graphic design fee." and add a note in the special instructions requesting a proof.

Question:

What shipping options are available?

Answer:

We offer a variety of shipping options from multiple carriers, with free shipping being our most popular. Once you enter your shipping address, our system will show the available options along with their expected arrival dates.

Question:

Can I track my order once it's shipped?

Answer:

Free shipping does not include a tracking number. All other shipping options include a tracking number, which will be emailed to you once your order has been shipped.

You can also find tracking information in the Shipment History in your account.

Question:

What does "print ready" artwork mean?

Answer:

Print ready artwork means that the file you are using is the same size, color, and quality that you want your final sticker to be. If you are confused about what your sticker size and quality are, please review our DPI and SIZE FAQ page. Does the image you are submitting fall into what the printer needs to make a high quality sticker for you? Here at CarStickers.com we can print up to 1000dpi in full color, but if you have your image at 300dpi and at the size you want output or if you have true vector art then we should be able to reproduce what you need.

Common factors that prevent a layout file from being Print-Ready

  • Document sized improperly.
  • Colors set to RGB instead of CMYK.
  • Spot colors not properly defined.
  • Resolution not high enough (should be minimum 300 dpi at 100% size).
  • Missing fonts or images.
  • Poor contrast between text and background.
  • Spelling and grammar errors.
Question:

How Are Stickers Measured and Priced?

Answer:

At Carstickers.com, we measure and price all our stickers based on square inches. The easiest way to figure out the square inches of a sticker is to multiply the width by the height. For example, a sticker that is 4”W x 4”H (4 inches wide and 4 inches high), and a sticker that is 2”W x 8”H (2 inches wide and 8 inches high), will cost the same because they are both 16 square inches.

Square Inch Examples

These measurements are based on the widest and tallest areas of the sticker's shape when a straight line is measured from left to right and top to bottom.

FAQ Measurement Examples

Please note: The measurements are taken when the design is upright and in the same position as it will be applied. This ensures the sticker you order will fit in the space intended. In theory, a diamond-shaped sticker could be rotated 45 degrees and measured as a square, but a 3”x3” diamond and a 3”x3” square rotated 45 degrees are not the same size and will not fit in the same space.

Stickers vs Decals Image

What is the Difference Between a "Decal" and a "Sticker?"

People often ask the difference between a decal and a sticker. Unfortunately there is not an absolute answer because different people often use the terms interchangeably to describe similar products.

At Carstickers.com, we use the terms "Decal and Sticker" to describe the same thing: a design printed on an adhesive vinyl for indoor or outdoor use. We refer to our custom vinyl lettering and graphics as "transfer" products because they are transferred to a smooth surface using an application tape.

If you have any questions about what custom car decal type would be right for you, our customer service team can make personal recommendations based on your project. For more information about the difference between a decal and a sticker, please read this blog post.

Types of Decals

Sticker Type Full Color Print Background Minimum Size Application Materials
Printed Decal Stickers Yes Yes None Peel & Stick White/Standard, Clear, Reflective, Cling, Glow, and more
Transfer Decal Stickers No No Yes Transfer Tape 40+ Colors, Glitter, Metallic, Reflective
Multi-Color Transfer Stickers No No Yes Transfer Tape White/Standard Vinyl