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How to Put a Sticker on Your Car Perfectly and Easily

June 30, 2023  |  
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How to Put a Sticker on Your Car Perfectly and Easily

Applying a sticker to your car can seem like a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s not rocket science. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to put a sticker on your car perfectly and easily.

Individual Washes Car before Applying Cricut Sticky Paper

How to Put a Sticker on Your Car Perfectly and Easily?

Step 1: Clean the Surface
Step 2: Measure and Position the Decal
Step 3: Mark the Location with Masking Tape
Step 4: Peel the Backing Paper from the Sticker
Step 5: Unpeel More of the Back as You Move
Step 6: Keep the Transfer Tape on While It Cures
Step 7: Remove the Transfer Tape

Individual Applies Masking Tape on the Car Where the Sticker Will Be Positioned

Where Do You Put Stickers on a Car?

You can put stickers anywhere on your vehicle, whether on your windshield, by the door handles, or on your bumper. But make sure the placement does not impair your visibility when driving.

Man Using Squeegee Sponge to Remove Sticker Bubbles and Wrinkles

Where Not to Apply a Sticker on Your Car?

Avoid applying stickers on headrests, leather and fabric seats, dashboards, sun visors, and treated glass. It’s difficult to remove stickers from these surfaces, and the adhesive may damage your vehicle. 

Can You Put Normal Stickers on a Car?

While any sticker will stick to a vehicle, stickers marketed as bumper stickers or car decals are your best options. They use adhesives specifically made for cars and won’t damage the surface.

Does Putting Stickers on Your Car Ruin the Paint?

As long as you use stickers labeled bumper stickers or car decals, sticking them onto your vehicle won’t ruin the paint. However, you still need to be careful when removing bumper stickers.

How Do You Put a Sticker on a Car Without Damaging the Paint?

To prevent damage to your car’s paint, make sure you’re using a sticker intended for car applications and that you’ve prepared the surface properly.

Tips for Maintaining the Appearance of Car Stickers

To maintain the appearance and longevity of your car sticker, follow these tips: 

  • Cars are often exposed to the sun, which can damage the color of your decal. Make sure you use stickers that are UV coated so that they don’t fade.  
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean the area. Gently wipe the sticker with car soap, water, and a soft damp sponge.