How to Get Vinyl Stickers to Stick Better

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Give warnings to fellow drivers via vinyl stickers.
Give warnings to fellow drivers via vinyl stickers. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Displaying vinyl stickers is a creative way to boost the visual appeal of your car or a wall inside your home. Getting these vinyl stickers to stick properly is an essential part of ensuring your bumper "speaks" loudly and looks its best on and off the road. Putting up a rock and roll sticker on a bedroom wall, on the other hand, is a way to express your love for music and make your room truly yours.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Wet sponge
  • 3 lint-free cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dry rubber squeegee

Stickers for Car Bumpers

Park your car in the shade during the summer to prevent direct sunlight from raising the temperature of the metal or glass on your car. Prepare your bumper for the sticker during a cool time of the day -- early morning or evening. In the winter, wait for midday warmth. Extreme temperatures -- hot or cold -- can adversely affect the adhesion of your sticker.

Clean your car bumper or the back window glass on your car with warm water and mild liquid dish soap. Rub a wet sponge onto the area where you will adhere the sticker. Dry the area with a lint-free cloth. A clean surface area boosts the bonding strength of the sticker.

Dampen a second lint-free cloth with rubbing alcohol. Wipe the cloth once along the cleaned area in one direction. Rubbing alcohol prevents dirt, dust or debris from contaminating the area before the sticker is attached. Press the sticker evenly onto the clean area.

Stickers for Interior Walls

Clean the wall with warm water and mild liquid dish soap. Rub a damp sponge onto the area where you will adhere the sticker. Dry the area with a lint-free cloth. Allow two hours for the wall to thoroughly dry.

Firmly press the tacky side of the sticker flat against the wall.

Run a dry rubber squeegee over the surface area of the exposed vinyl, from right to left, with firm pressure. Repeat this step two or three times. The squeegee adds extra adhesive pressure and burnishes the vinyl to give it a bright shine.

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