You have just bought stickers from our shop and you want to install them, here are our instructions and all our tips and tricks to help you stick them where you want.
The following instructions are specified for sticking stickers, stickers and vinyl to helmets but also to all types of materials that make up a two or three-wheeler.
Whether you have reflective stickers, matte stickers or sticky vinyl in any colour, our complete guide is for you!
1- Prepare the Material
Place yourself in a place where the temperature is above 15°C and below 35°C. It is important that the outside temperature and the temperature of the substrate do not exceed the limits. If the temperatures are not respected, the glue will shrink or "liquefy" and will no longer allow a good bond.
Prepare the following material:
- Your sticker. You can also find some for your helmet here.
- Non-greasy degreaser/cleaner (example: white vinegar, sanytol...).
- 3 microfiber cloths (to avoid damaging the surface).
- If possible, a vinyl scraper.
2- Prepare the substrate
Degrease and clean the area of the surface where you want to stick your sticker. We strongly advise you to use a microfibre cloth with non-greasy products in order not to leave a film on the surface, as this could reduce the effectiveness of the sticker.
Rinse the cleaned area with water and a microfibre cloth to remove the last elements.
Finally, dry the area with the last microfibre cloth. It is very important to dry the surface thoroughly before proceeding to the gluing stage. If the surface is wet or if your sticker is wet, there is a significant risk that the adhesive will not adhere.
3- Stick the stickers
Take your sticker by the edges, avoiding touching the adhesive side as much as possible (remove the backing paper from the sticker, if there is a transfer film on the non-sticky side keep it. If there is a transfer film on the non-sticky side, keep it. It will help you with the sticking) and position it over the desired area.
Visualise its placement and gently place one edge of the sticker, then the opposite edge. Do not press on it at this time.
If you have a repositionable sticker, then you can easily peel it off and replace it if necessary. If it is not, you must avoid peeling it off at the risk of damaging it and its durability.
4- Finalise the application
To finish applying your sticker, once the perfect position has been obtained and step 3 has been completed, you can press the air out from underneath it.
Press the sticker down sufficiently with your fingers or a special vinyl scraper and push the air out from the centre to the outer edges.
We advise you to wait at least 24 hours without rolling or straining the surface so that the sticker's glue can soak in.
Your sticker is stuck!
Check by eye and touch 24 hours after application if it is well stuck.
For retro-reflective stickers, you can also test their effectiveness by taking a photo with a flash of the product at a distance of more than 1 metre and in a dark place.
TIPS and HINTS
- If your surface is very dirty (motorbike swingarm, rims, etc.), you can use greasy products such as Belgom, Vulcanette wipes, scarlet water, etc., but it is imperative that you then repeat the cleaning steps with a non-greasy product, rinse with water and dry.
- If you are sticking a non-repositionable sticker, we advise you to carry out step 3 by placing it as gently as possible on the surface and avoiding placing all the edges. If the position does not suit you at all, then you can gently peel it off and reposition it.
Caution: we do not recommend doing this as it may affect the durability of the sticker, but if you have to, this is the best technique.
- If you want the sticker to take the shape of an angle, you can use a hair dryer to heat it up.
Caution: The hair dryer must be at least 20 cm away to avoid damaging the vinyl.
- During step 4, you must press hard enough to expel the bubbles to the outside.
Caution: Do not use your fingernails or any object other than your fingers and special scrapers as this could scratch your sticker.
- If your sticker is not in 100% contact with the surface (holes, cracks, creases, etc.) the glue will pick up dust and dirt and will gradually come off. We strongly advise you to stick your sticker on a flat surface.