Lamination is a clear top coat the goes over the top of the decal to give it extra protection against scratches, chemical spills and extra protection against harmful UV rays from the sun. Think of it as a clear coat for the ink. While our decals are designed to last many years in outdoor conditions without lamination, it is a good idea to use lamination if you want the decal to be extra durable. *Note that die-cut style decals that are single color (where you choose the color in Step 2 when ordering) don't require lamination since no ink is involved with those. The color is impregnated within the material so that color goes all the way through to the backside.
This will depend on what you plan to use the decal for and what your budget is. If the decal is used inside, barely sees sunlight or is rarely ever touched you can normally get by without lamination. Lamination is recommended if:
Decals that are constantly touched as the ink can rub and scratch off.
Decals that may come in contact with harsh chemicals or fuel. Gasoline can damage the ink so when used on something like a fuel tank it is recommended.
They will be used on boats are PWCs. Reflection of the suns rays is greatly amplified on the water.
Off-road vehicles that will be muddy or scraped against trees, etc. can use the protection of lamination.
If you want a decal with a special finish that is not available without. We offer glossy, matte and metallic which may not be available as standard prints.
Or if you simply want the most durable decal you can get.
Glossy. This makes our standard decal thicker and has more of a "wet look" to it. Think of a standard paint job vs. a paint job with a clear coat.
Matte. This gives the decal a softer or muted look by taking out the shine from the decal. Gits ride of all the glossiness.
Metallic (discontinued). This gives the decal some sparkle that really makes it "pop". The manufacturer stopped making this material but may have alternatives but would need to be special ordered. You can choose reflective material or metallic silver as your material option to achieve a metallic look similar to this (though not exact).
Below are some comparisons of finishes side by side. It can be hard to tell in pictures the differences.
Metallic lamination shown on black vinyl
Our decals and stickers can be installed on any smooth, clean surface like glass, wood, metal, walls, and painted surfaces. They work great on cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, side-by-sides, ATVs, helmets, motorcycles, laptops, phones, windows, etc.
Our decals are made from commercial quality vinyl that will last several years in harsh outdoor conditions. See color chart and/or material chart (if a full color print) for outdoor life expectancy for your particular design.
All decals are CUSTOM MADE to your specifications of size and color/material.
Each design can be made in any size and are measured LEFT TO RIGHT. (*Except Stick Figure Decals). You choose the size in STEP 1 when ordering.
Our decals can be made in any color or pattern found on the color chart.
The white rectangle the design is shown on is not part of the decal. Your decal will not have a background; most decals are die-cut around the shape of the design unless otherwise shown. *Some FULLCOLOR decals will have white within the design. See BELOW for more information.
You may also choose to have a Shadow, Outline or Contour in an additional color. Click here for additional information.
Discounts are automatically added if you purchase more than one item. Items don't have to be the same to qualify for the discount.
Please see the FAQ page for answers to questions you may have.
Is the design shown above close to what you are wanting but not quite perfect? Use the "Ask a question" tab (above) to let us know what needs to be done to make it perfect for you. Or you can simply order and note in the comments box the change needed. We will make the change and email you before we ship if there are any questions.