Have you noticed lately that we are becoming a society that feels some kind of need to express ourselves on our vehicles. It seems like every where you turn the vehicle next to you has car decals on its windows, bumpers, windshield and even the side panels. One that I am seeing more than ever is the stick people decals. These decals seems to be today’s replacement of the yellow baby on board plaques that we used to see in the late 80’s.
This is a growing business and has taken the country by storm. Just do a search online and you will be blown away by the amount of manufactures selling stick people decals. Statistics show that this business is not slowing down either. Aaron Ellsworth, vice-president of marketing for Woodland Manufacturing in Meridian, Idaho, runs a company that makes family stickers and believes that this trend is true. “I think the trend for personalization has grown,” said Aron “Ive watched it grow over the past 10 years. Id say its really grown even more in the past four or five years.”
Today car window decals are made from high quality vinyl. The vinyl, that is used to manufacture these decals, is completely weather proof, UV resistant, and will not flake or peel. These decals are made with adhesive tape on the back side of the decal so the they can be applied to the windows or your cars surface. The beauty of car decals, is if you ever want to take them off they will not destroy your cars paint in the process.
The options for stick people decals are many. There are many different shapes, sizes, body types, and ages available. Some of the options are, Adults, Teens, Preteens, Children, Toddlers, Babies, Pets, and Old People just to mention a few. There are even some online manufactures that will allow you to purchase your own custom design. Some allow you to have decals made with your name underneath it or even your own custom stick figure. Just the other day my wife had one made for my father in law for around $10.00. It was a stick figure of an old man with a cane, ( I think he feels that this decal will help him pick up hot chicks). Whatever the case may be, you are sure to find stick people decals that suite your lifestyle.
If you are looking to change the appearance of your vehicle installing car decals is an inexpensive way of doing so. Its even cheaper if you are able to install them your self. If you are up for the challenge here are some simple steps that will help accomplish installing the car graphics yourself.
Before you begin here are a list of a few items and tools you will need before you start installing car decals:
Clean Soft Cloth
Installing Car Decals Will Transform Your Ride
Do your research online and find the car decal that will best suit your vehicle and your personal taste. Once you pick out your graphics you will need to measure the area on your vehicle where you will be installing the graphics. Make sure you take your time and measure exactly and you will be glad you did. Next order your car decals online or find a local graphic sign shop in your town.
Once you have in your possession the proper sized car graphics you are ready to begin. So get out side and wash that vehicle until it is spotless. The cleaner your car is the better the graphics will stick. Once your car is completely dry wipe the area, that the car decals will be installed on, with your soft cloth.
You are now ready to start installing car decals. Place the graphic into the desired position. If the car graphics that you are installing are real long ask a friend to help you. Next stick the decal in place with a small piece of your masking tape, this will allow you to be able to adjust the graphic until it is properly centered. Now run your masking tape across the top edge of the graphic. This will keep things aligned when you adhere the graphics to the vehicles surface.
You will notice that your car decal has transfer tape on the top and bottom side. Start with the top edge and begin peeling of the bottom sided transfer tape smoothing out the decal as you work your way down. Use your plastic squeegee to help you work the bubbles and wrinkles out. Work your way down until you have completely removed the bottom side transfer tape.
If your car graphic has expanded over any door openings you can take your exacto knife and gently cut the graphic where the gap for the opening is. Now take your squeegee and gently press the graphic into the gap so it will adhere all the way to the edge. Next begin rubbing a soft cloth over the graphic to ensure that there are no air bubbles.
Now that the decal is adhered in placed remove the masking tape and the top layer transfer tape. Go slow with this step to make sure you do not lift the decal or this will cause wrinkles. Now breathe a sigh of relief and step back and take a look at your transformed car! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Make sure you do not wash your car for the next few days and always had wash. This will prolong the life of you car decals. Hope you found this information to be valuable. Enjoy installing car decals and your new ride.