What Adhesive is Best For Decals?

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Decals are typically printed on vinyl and that vinyl usually has a sticky adhesive that allows it to, well, stick to surfaces. Have you ever wondered why a bumper sticker wouldn’t stick to a certain surface? Have you ever had a “sticker” that you absolutely could not get off a surface? Chances are, you were trying to stick that bumper sticker to a surface with a rough texture or some low surface energy plastic. It might have held up for a little while, but within a day or so it would flutter off. It’s not necessarily that the decal was poorly made. It was probably just made with an adhesive not intended to be used for a heavily textured surface. Likewise, if a decal won’t come off a surface without brute force it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best made decal on the market. It may just have an adhesive meant for a much smoother surface and a permanent application.

What Are the Different Types of Adhesive?

Dynamic has many different types of substrates (vinyl, polyester, various plastics), as well as different adhesives, but we have four adhesives that we use more than others. We have found that these adhesives work best in most situations. Those four are: Permanent Vinyl, Super Stick, Monster Jr., and Monster Stick.

When Should Each of the Adhesives Be Used?

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Permanent Vinyl


Here at Dynamic we use a regular permanent adhesive on durable outdoor vinyl. This is a typical adhesive in the printing industry. These make great “stickers” to promote your business as giveaways or bumper stickers. The fact that they stick perfectly to painted metal makes them wonderful solution for painted machinery or propane tanks, particularly in warmer climates.

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Super Stick

Super Stick

Super Stick is an adhesive that is referred by others in the industry as “high tack” and used on less than ideal surfaces or smooth low surface energy surfaces. This adhesive is designed for colder temperatures on painted metal or for smooth plastic. Warning signs should actually be upgraded to a Super Stick adhesive even when going on painted metal in warm climates as those messages are very important for your business and the safety of others. Using Super Stick for these messages ensures that the information lasts.

Dynamic serves various industries that use plastics and hard to stick to surfaces. In some climates, Super Stick can be enough for your smooth plastic surfaces. In other climates, our Monster line may be needed.

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Monster Jr.

Monster Jr.

This adhesive was created to provide an adhesive that would be stronger than the industry “high tack”. While it’s not as strong as our Monster Stick, it works wonders on smooth plastic and lightly textured plastic.

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Monster Stick

Monster Stick

This is Dynamic’s most aggressive adhesive. It was designed for heavily textured plastics. In the beginning of its conception, Monster Stick was used to make decals that adhered to portable restrooms. It has since been used for pool toys, truck bed liners, carpet, and will even stick to asphalt. Monster Stick is not an adhesive that you would need to use as a promotional giveaway or to even put on painted metal. At Dynamic we say that it sticks so well, it’s a monster to remove!

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A handy guide to Dynamic’s different adhesives and best use practices.

How Do I Get Started with the Right Adhesive?

Our brand managers make it a breeze to make sure you get the adhesive you need. We provide samples of the different materials. You’ll find that we ask a lot of questions because we want to make sure that you get the decal that works best for your intended use. We take your brand seriously so we want to make sure you get exactly what you need. Call us today to get the perfect adhesive for your project. 800-472-0285

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