Why would someone want a decal or sticker? I can give you many reasons from personal to commercial use. They are uniquely made, from the quality of the material to the printing method employed to press the custom graphic designs. There are varieties one can opt for – permanent, semi-permanent, and removable. I won’t cover all of them in this article as I will be focusing on removable decals only.
Decals and stickers are generally not reusable, which means you only get to apply them one time. I’ve seen some persons try to re-use decals, but the cost in time and energy attempting to reuse adhesive graphics is simply not worth it. With that in mind, it’s simply a waste of time, and as they say, “Time is money.” However, if your stickers have removable acrylic adhesive, it’s not as complicated and messy as you might think it would be, if you have the right type of decal. Read on further to understand what I mean.
The Preference for Easy to Remove Decals and Stickers
Here are the top reasons why you are better off with removable decals and stickers:
1. Easy removal of artwork – or graphic design replacement or modification
The utmost reason why one would seek a removable decal is for an obvious reason – easy removal. And this is not because of the intention to reuse the item. At least, that’s not usually the case.
It depends on where and how you are going to stick your decal. You can stick them on walls, car windows, laptops, and etc. If you place them on walls, for instance, there will come a time that one would want to replace an old graphic with a new theme. For example, you have a nature-themed wall; you posted wall decals of trees, animals, body of water, or the like, on your used-to-be empty wall space. And after some time, you want another theme, maybe a marvel superhero theme. You remove the old nature-themed graphics, and replace them with superhero wall stickers.
For personal use, decals and stickers are usually applied for fun. Car owners decorate their automobiles with stickers printed with cool graphics to enhance the look of their cars. This is the same with bicycle and motorcycle owners. People may decide to change the graphic designs they want, thus replacing the stickers at the same time. This means that the longevity of their usage is based upon the owner’s choice. Taking that into consideration, it is only rational to go for removable decals and stickers.
For an indoor environment, wall decals can bring a boring wall to life. Removable decals come in handy not only because one might want to change the graphics in time, but because one would also want to preserve the integrity of the wall itself. It is very difficult to remove a permanent wall decal without tearing off the wall paint. The choice of opting for the removable type is predicated upon such consideration.
2. Easy repositioning.
You can easily reposition a removable decal if you are not satisfied with its initial placement. The thing to keep in mind is that these items are pressure-sensitive. The more pressure you apply upon installation, the more securely they adhere.
If there is an intention to reposition the material, or you are unsure of your first choice of placement, only apply light pressure so it will be easier to remove and reposition.
3. Flexible Print advertising media.
Let’s say you have a store and you post a window decal that advertises promos on your selected items. Promos are often seasonal, so it’s likely you’ll replace them with new ones, when the time comes. Why would you opt for a permanent decal?
And it’s not only applicable on promos. In advertising, you don’t make one campaign and that’s it. You update your advertisement every now and then. Large signs, banners, or billboards advertising products and services are going to be replaced after a certain period of time. Advertising agencies always come up with fresh ideas, and they implement that by updating your ad campaigns from time to time.
Hence, if you are opting for sizable or large format stickers and decals, it only makes sense to go with the removable printed displays. When you decide to put up a new advertisement, you will have no trouble removing the old one.
4. Clean and not messy upon removal.
Sticker labels are commonly removable. Notice those labels on brand new furniture, appliances, or gadgets; you can normally take those off with ease. And you’ll rarely see glue residue on the items once you remove the labels. You know why? It is because the adhesive from a removable sticker comes off with it once you strip it off. This is optimal for the consumer.
I remember some time ago, when I bought sandals at a particular store, that they had placed the foot size labels on the top side of the sandal soles (the side you step on). When I removed the labels, sticky adhesive residues stayed on the surface. That was definitely not something one would want to step on to.
And it applies to all products out there. Nobody wants to have their new cellphone, new camera, or new appliance, mucked up with sticky adhesive.
5. The idea of reusing the decals and stickers.
In general, I really have no idea why some people would want to reuse decals. Why would you want to reuse these items? They are disposable items, especially if you think about having to deal with glue residues the moment you take them off. Once you replace them, chances are you’ll get rid of them, not reuse them.
However, due to the fact that people are searching for information about reusing decals and stickers, let me give you my thoughts on this one.
Typically, vinyl stickers and decals are not reusable. With time, any type of decal with back-adhesive has the propensity to lose its adhesive property. Also put into consideration that the moment you remove it, it leaves an awfully undesirable adhesive residue. Given these facts, one cannot expect the material to be as sticky as it is supposed to be.
Think about this, if a decal has been stuck for months, or a year, would it make sense to still reuse the item? Remember, it loses its adhesiveness as time goes by, plus, it would be tougher to remove one that had been stuck for a long time. This concept doesn’t only apply to permanent decals. Removable type decals, after a year or two, are as tough to strip off as permanent decals.
And one more thing, forget about the adhesive feature because you won’t be able to reuse a sticker with tears upon removal. So, be sure you got it off right to begin with. But then again, even if you have successfully taken it off, it might already lose its adhesiveness. However, if it hasn’t been too long since you applied the removable sticker, the adhesive might not be completely lost and you could still reuse the sticker.
Nevertheless, if you really want reusable printed graphic displays similar to decals and stickers, you might want to check out static clings. They cling onto smooth surfaces even without an adhesive.
6. Get installation right if you fail the first time.
If you are into DIY (do-it-yourself), and you would rather install decals on your own, removable types come in handy when you fail to do the installation properly on your first attempt.
Remember to prep the surface by cleaning it first. Make sure it is clear from dust, or any sort of dirt, and you let it dry. After that, you are good to go.
If you are not a pro in decal installation, you can either ask someone to do it for you or you buy a type of decal that suits your installation skills. Removable decals and stickers would be the perfect fit.
If you have a hard time peeling your stickers off, and you notice glue residue upon removal, what you have is a permanent sticker. Permanent stickers are difficult to peel off. The back adhesive remains stuck on the surface and won’t come off with the sticker unlike removable decals.
Removable decals and stickers are designed for specific applications. A buyer who purchases them already knows how and where to use them. The top reasons delineated above are predicated from the fact that these sorts of printed items could be removed with ease and without having to deal with messy adhesive residue.