Everyone is looking for a way to customize their vehicle and really make it their own. One way that you can add a special touch to your car or truck in order to make it more “you” is through the use of cut vinyl decals. Car decals are designed to add style and flair to a vehicle quickly and easily. The best thing about vinyl car graphics is that you can add them to and remove them from your vehicle quickly and easily. What this means is that customization of your vehicle has never been easier. When you want to make a change, it is as simple as peeling away the old decals and placing new decals on your vehicle.
Here are some tips for customizing your vehicle using vinyl car graphics and similar cut vinyl decals.
1. First and foremost, make sure that having car decals is legal in the state where you live. Some states do have restrictions about the types of decals that you can use as well as where you can place them. This is because some police believe that car decals can be a hindrance to your driving ability. If you are unsure about whether or not having car decals is legal in your state, try talking to the department of motor vehicles, or local auto body shops to see what they have to say. Just because you see cars with decals in your state, that does not mean they are following the law.
2. When choosing a location for your car decals, make sure that you choose places that are not going to hinder your ability to drive. This means that your car decals should not be in places on the windshield, back windshield or the side windows where you cannot reasonably see through or past them. Most decals are small and do not pose much of a threat, but large opaque decals that hinder your ability to see through the glass can make driving more difficult and therefore more dangerous. For this reason, the safest place to put your vinyl car graphics is on the body of the car itself, the doors or the bumper rather than on the transparent glass surfaces.
3. Once you have an idea of where you want to place the decals, consider taping or otherwise affixing them in place so that you can take a look at what the finished product is going to be. While vinyl car decals can be removed and replaced, it is a much simpler process if you only have to lay them down once. Step back a bit and look at the decals. Are you satisfied with their placement? Are they in safe places on your vehicle?
4. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the area where you are planning to place your decal before you apply it. You should use soap and water to thoroughly wash the area so that there is no dust, dirt or debris on the vehicle. Once you have applied the vinyl decal to your car, it is going to be able to withstand a little bit of water abuse from a rain or a car wash, but this means that you have to apply it properly. If you apply a car decal over dirt or debris, you may find that it is peeling away from the vehicle prematurely. Your decal is going to lose its stickiness to your vehicle if it is not applied to a clean and dry surface.
5. If you do notice that your car decals are peeling away from the finish of your vehicle, there are a couple of different steps that you can take in order to remedy the situation. There are adhesives that you can buy to help the decals stay on more securely. Another option is to try removing the sticker, cleaning both surfaces thoroughly and then replacing the sticker on the car again. It may take a little bit of maintenance to make sure that the bond is solid between your vinyl car graphics and the finish of your vehicle.
There is a lot that you can do with some well placed, well chosen vinyl car graphics. It is vitally essential that you put a little bit of time and thought into the placement of your decals, however. Not only do you want to make sure that you are following the law in the area where you live, but you will also want to make sure that you are going to be satisfied with the placement of your stickers for a long time. While you can easily remove and replace your vinyl car decals as desired, it will be a much smoother process if you only have to put them down one time without any snags in the process.