Portland Maine Home Sticker for Cars and Trucks
Got a question about our stickers? Sure you do.
Here's where we answer them.
Q: How do I apply one of your stickers?
A: We get asked this one a lot, so we went ahead and made a handy little card that describes the process. It's included with every Whipps Sticker Co. order, so if you've got our sticker, it's in there.
But hey, maybe you haven't ordered yet and you want to find out ahead of time. No sweat. First, clean the surface where you want the sticker. Next, use a firm object — credit card, driver's license, or a squeegee — and run it across the sticker to ensure that the transfer tape is solidly on the vinyl. Separate the transfer tape (that's the clear part) from the backing paper using your hands, then place the sticker onto the surface. Run the squeegee across the transfer tape to stick the vinyl down and remove any air bubbles, then peel the transfer tape off of the vinyl by pulling it back tight against itself. It's that last part that usually gets people hung up, but don't worry, it's super easy.
Q: What kind of vinyl do you use?
A: We've got lots of different options. For cars, trucks, glass, laptops and all sorts of other options, we use Oracal 651. It's durable, easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors, which is why we like it.
Of course, there are other options. We can't get every shade in the 651, so sometimes we use Oracal 951. It's a half-mil thinner, but comes in a ton of colors, so there are lots to choose from. And if it's a wall sticker, we can cut that with Oracal 631. That vinyl only comes in a matte finish, and it's designed to be removed easily. That way you don't peel any paint off the wall if you want to take off the sticker.
Now that said, there are all sorts of different applications for vinyl stickers, and we have lots of options for your project. So if you're not sure what you need, ask. We can hook you up.
Q: What kind of transfer tape do you use?
A: All of our laptop and automotive stickers are assembled with a high-tack clear transfer tape. What does all that mean? Well, generally it's easy to pull the vinyl off of the backing paper, and then removing the transfer tape is pretty straightforward. Plus, since it's clear, it's easy to see where you're putting it.
Now not everyone likes that kind of tape. After all, if you're doing a wet install — which is where you use an application fluid to apply the sticker — then you'll probably want a paper transfer tape. And if you just don't like high-tack tape, then we can give you a medium-tack version, which can be a bit finicky with the backing paper, but hey, some people dig it.
Are we getting in the weeds too much here? Probably. But hey, you're the one asking the questions, right?
Q: How long will my sticker last?
A: That depends entirely on where it's installed. If you put it on your laptop — specifically the lid of the laptop where it won't get hot — then you're looking at between 5-7 years. If it's the outside window of your car, then depending on where you live, a few years as well. But what it comes down to is the amount of heat and lack of moisture in your area, and the amount of direct sunlight that it will see.
Let's put this into context. Whipps Sticker Co. is based in Arizona, and we naturally have stickers on our vehicles. Mrs. Whipps Sticker Co. has two matte white stickers on her quarter windows and one on the back window of her sedan, and they showed signs of cracking after about three years — but the one on the back window was the first to go since it always saw sunlight. Mr. Whipps Sticker Co. has a Toyota Tundra, and his stickers are on his vertical back window. None of them have cracked or shown any sign of damage after over a year, and probably won't for another two. But we're in the middle of the hottest zone in the country, and we get very little rain. If you're in Portland — Oregon or Maine — you should get five years out of your sticker. But in case you want specifics, black and white colors, as well as transparent colors have a 6-year outdoor durability; metallics have 4-year outdoor durability; and Brilliant Blue has a 3-year outdoor durability.
We don't guarantee our stickers for any length of time only because we have no idea what their application is or will be. But if you have problems, let us know and we'll figure something out.
Q: Can you do printed color stickers?
A: Nope. Not yet. We're a small shop, and we started with die-cut stickers for a ton of reasons. They're fun, easy to work with and we've been using them on our custom cars and trucks for years. Plus, we knew a guy, and he walked us through the process. Turns out that doing die-cut stickers is super fun, so we kept doing it.
As for printed stickers, well we want to do them, but right now it's a big leap. We don't have any interest in doing automotive wraps or giant wall installations, and a lot of the printers out there are made for those applications. For right now, we're not doing color stickers. But we will. It's on the roadmap.
Q: Where can I install my sticker?
A: You have lots of options. The Whipps Sticker Co. kids put their stickers on their bunk bed and wall cabinets. We've put them on stainless steel counters and glass jugs. We've used them for banners, walls, notebooks, binders, backpack labels, truck windows, tailgates, desk designs, whiteboards, chalkboards and even poster boards. There are a lot of things you can do with our stickers.
That said, we have experienced problems with some applications. When we first started out, we tried installing a set of stickers on some plastic chalkboard-style pieces, and they were too oily and slick to install properly. So what's the trick? You want a surface that's clean and free of oils, and not slippery or slick in any way. And if you ever have a question about where it can go, ask us and we'll help you out.
Q: What colors do you sell?
A: We can get over 100 colors, but we limit our online selections to white (gloss and matte), black (gloss and matte), pink, red, orange, yellow, lime green, blue, purple, brown, copper (metallic), gold (metallic) and silver (metallic). Why? Ever heard of Analysis Paralysis? It's a real thing, and we don't want anyone to feel freaked out by the tons of options we have to offer. So if there's a particular shade you want, just send us an email and we can work out some of the details.
Q: Do you make custom stickers?
A: Absolutely. If you already have a logo designed, send it over and we'll see what we can do. Now we need a vector file to work with, which means a .AI or .EPS document. Why? Well it's a whole vector vs. raster thing, but long story short, JPEGs or PNGs don't convert to stickers very well. Also, we need all of the fonts outlined, or you should tell us what fonts you used so we can find them on our own.
Now if you want a one-off custom sticker, we do that, too. Depending on the complexity of the design there may be a design fee, but we'll give you an estimate before we get started so you don't get caught unaware.