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Do Bumper Stickers 'Damage' Cars?

STOWE, Vt., Nov. 23, 2009 — Though many screen printed bumper stickers have utilized a "removable" adhesive since the 1960's, persistent myths about bumper stickers damaging cars continue. Bumper stickers have come a long way since the 1940's when people tied cardboard signs to bumpers with wire. Today's adhesive choices for custom printed stickers ranges from "super tac" to "static" and everything in between., a company specializing in custom bumper stickers and promotional stickers for almost 20 years, still battles misconceptions about sticker adhesives daily. According to owner Jeff Nicholson, "we sell a large number of custom car magnets and static decals even though they cost more and are displayed for shorter periods of time than a vinyl sticker. The reason is often that many customers or end users are still worried about the risk to vehicle paint jobs."

Removable adhesives on stickers have been offered for almost 50 years but still people are willing to pay more, in some cases double, for the piece of mind that the material will definitely come off a car without damage. Adding to the general misconception of damaging adhesives are cheap paper stickers that can be difficult to remove and do leave glue residue. Says Nicholson, "when buying custom bumper stickers, stickers, labels or decals, it is important to verify that the material, adhesive and print quality are suitable for your purposes. Make it clear how long you want stickers to hold up outside and how difficult, or easy, they should be to remove. Then get a guarantee that the proper product is delivered."

"We've all seen people with stickers scotch taped to the inside of their car windows," says Nicholson. "And just yesterday a woman buying magnets proclaimed, 'I would NEVER put a sticker on my car.' While it's fine to be aesthetically or philosophically opposed to stickers on your car, it is important for sticker buyers to know the facts. Custom printed stickers can be profitable products or strong, economical promotional tools for companies. Misconceptions about adhesives should not get in the way of maximizing the power and profitability of this medium."

And, if you are having trouble getting an old vinyl sticker off a car? According to Nicholson, "before you get out the paint thinner, sandpaper, razor blade, or other specialized removal product, I'd suggest using a blow dryer and heating up the sticker. The heat will soften the adhesive and will be the best bet for peeling the sticker off in one piece."

Freely Creative, Inc. was founded in 1991 and launched its online presence as in 1997. The company sells custom stickers, bumper stickers, decals, magnets, labels and other promotional products that stick. offers free consultations, free design and top quality products for "When You Want Your Name To Stick" (or lightly stick). To learn more and meet the staff, visit


Jeff Nicholson
Freely Creative, Inc.

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