I’ve talked before about ongoing misconceptions that custom stickers damage cars and are not removable. The fact is there are not only many different sticker materials and sticker printing methods, there are many different types and strengths of sticker adhesives. Here is a quick run down on commonly used adhesive types at Websticker. The type of adhesive (combined with material type) used on any sticker project should reflect the desired longevity, the most common application surface and the desired ease of removability. When ordering custom stickers always inform the manufacturer or distributor of the intended end use.
Static Cling – Static cling decals do not have any sticker adhesives but utilize static electricity to hold very temporary or movable graphics to the inside of windows or on smooth product surfaces.
Ultra Removable Adhesive – We use it on many removable bumper stickers, short-term promotions and removable window decals.
Removable Adhesive – Used on most custom removable bumper stickers, promotional stickers and any job where removing the sticker as one piece with no residue left behind is important to advertiser or end user.
Permanent Adhesive – Equipment stickers, helmet stickers, product decals, signage… permanent adhesives should be used for stickers meant to stay where they are applied for as long as possible.
Rough Surface Adhesive – For moderately rough or textured surfaces this adhesive (together with a flexible vinyl) conforms and molds for stronger adhesion.
High Tack adhesives – Used with special polyester materials this adhesive adds extra grip on smooth, flat surfaces.
For security applications destructible acrylic and tamper-evident polyesters are also available. The materials combined with a permanent sticker adhesives are designed to be either extremely difficult to remove completely due to break up of material or leave “tamper evident” material behind when removed.
Review your specific applications with manufacturer and if the level of adhesion is important to your project make sure you test materials and adhesives. Ask for samples. Different manufacturers may have differing versions of “removable” and “permanent” sticker/decal products. Remember the #1 question that needs to be addressed from a manufacturing/printing stand point is where are the stickers, decals or labels being used and applied. Contact Websticker.com about any custom sticker questions or need.
Here’s a humorous video making the point that different sticker companies can make varying degrees of “removable” bumper stickers.