Top Tips for applying printed stickers

When you buy your printed stickers the hardest part is applying them smoothly so they look professional.  So I thought I would share with you some top tips for how to apply printed stickers without wrinkles or bubbles so your sign or project will come out looking awesome.

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  • Make sure the surface you are applying too is totally clean, I can’t stress this point enough, even if the surface looks clean often there is dust or debris, so give it a good wipe down first. Even the tiniest bit of dust causes the biggest bubble!!Or even worse eventually lead to holes in your graphic. Clean the surface with soap and warm water.
  • When you positioned where your sticker use a couple of small pieces of masking tape at the top of your sticker and use them to tack it up on your surface and position it exactly where you want it. It’s always handy to have someone with you to help you get the placement exactly right.
  • Next, you will need a little bit of soap and water for applying the graphic, water helps to keep the adhesive from sticking permanently and will allow you to lift and reposition the graphic if necessary. Just put a few drops of dishsoap in some water and put it in a spray bottle.
  • Lift the sticker out from the surface and remove the paper layer that is protecting the adhesive. Take care not to touch the sticky part of the sticker to the surface and take your bottle of dishsoap and water and spray the surface you are applying it to.
  • Now begin lowering the sticker onto the surface, working from the top down. . Do not put the whole sticker on the surface at once. Use a squeegee to smooth it onto the surface. Work slowly and methodically from the top to the bottom ensuring that each portion is smooth and free of wrinkles or bubbles.
  • Use your squeegee to force the water out from under the sticker and remove the masking paper. Pull it back gently parallel to the surface to prevent lifting the vinyl sticker up off the surface.
  • If you have any air bubbles place the paper that was protecting the adhesive over the sticker and use your squeegee to force out any leftover air bubbles.

That’s it! You should now have a printed sticker that is up and looking great!!!!

Versa Print is your number one sticker shop, specialising in sticker printing, with years of experience in supplying custom stickers. Companies throughout the UK have chosen versa print to supply them with printed stickers, company labels, vehicle vinyl sticker printing and fitting, as a print company based in the UK you can trust Versa Print is the best place to get stickers!

Sticker Printing, don’t get caught out!

Choosing a good sticker printing company can be a minefield.

With so many out there (what I like to call noise), deciding which sticker printing company to choose can be, to say the least, a bit daunting and let’s face it a bit of a pain.

They all claim to be offering cheap high quality stickers, and to be honest we’re no different, but how do you separate the NOT SO GREAT sticker printing companies from the GREAT printing companies out there.

Well, that’s a good question and one I’m happy to answer.

First of all, a key indication of a good quality printing firm is how their website reads.

Is the custom sticker printing company promoting the fact that they can OFFER the best printing option for your sticker needs, or is it TELLING you their option is “the best” before understanding what your needs are.

A real clue hear is the sales spiel. A true, reputable printing company will promote the need to get in touch no matter how small the job is to align you with the best options available for your requirements.

A run of the mill company tends to keep everything online and before you know it, you’ve just purchased your order from a 17 year old wannabe entrepreneur using his mother standard issue HP printer (at the extreme).

And what about delivery guarantees?

This often overlooked part in the service could mean the difference between having all the materials ready for that all important business event. So if the company can’t ensure a delivery time or at least a guideline (without offering a valid reason), I would be inclined to tell you to stay well away from that company, because how can you depend on them with something as simple as delivery times.

And of course we haven’t forgotten about quality of the stickers

Which is of course a huge decision making factor when deciding which sticker printing company to choose. I mean what if you made the order, you get them through, open the box and get bit of a shock, the colour doesn’t match and the text is uneven. Or let’s say, everything has been ok at the delivery stage but a few months down the line, the colour starts to fade or the stickers stop sticking properly which can look pretty bad on something like a car or a shop window. To protect you from this it’s always good to find out what kind of guarantee you can get from the company for example all our stickers are printed on a 3 year life vinyl to make sure you get the very most out of your sticker.

But it’s not all about quality;

A reputable printer will be able to print your sticker to any shape or size and won’t be limited to the standard portrait, landscape dimensions without cut-ins. This is where I lead on to my Versa-Print top tip, ask for a sample, try before you buy, any company that engages in this practice is more likely to be a trusted company than a company that does not.

And last but not least, make sure there is an address on their site.

I’ve seen plenty of printing websites that don’t even attempt to put their address details on. Not knowing where the company is could spell trouble so make sure there is a valid address which should hopefully equal an established printing firm.