Most bumper stickers have notoriously agressive adhesives on them, and can damage your paint when you finally decide to remove them. This Instructable will teach two skills - the first is a simple way to create a removable sticker from an existing sticker, and the second is how to create a custom bumper sticker.
This presupposes that your vehicle has some steel on a panel that you want to display the sticker upon. If you drive a Corvette, this won't work. It also will not work on the actual bumpers of cars made in the last decade or so, as nearly all of them have plastic bumper covers. Most modern cars' trunks or tailgates are still steel, so this should work somewhere on your car or truck.
- flexible magnetic material
- bumper sticker
- windex or other glass cleaner
- paper towels
- straight edge
- razor blade or exacto knife
Step 1: Get Magnetic Material
One foot of this material is enough to make a several stickers.
Step 2: Stick Your Sticker to the Magnetic Material
Step 3: Trim the Sticker,and Apply It to Your Vehicle
Step 4: Make a Custom Bumper Sticker. Cut the Graphics on the Vinyl Cutter
First I created my basic design in Adobe Illustrator, than transfered the curves to the FlexiStarter software used on the vinyl cutter. Once the design was cut out, I "weeded" the vinyl, that is, I pulled off all the stuff I didn't want on my sticker. This is usually the most time consuming step in the whole process.
Step 5: Prepare Vinyl for Transfering
Step 6: Apply the Sticker to the Magnetic Material
Peel the sticker away from the backing material using the transfer paper.
Place the sticker on the magnetic material, and smooth it with the squeegee. Peel the transfer paper off, and dab the excess glass cleaner with a paper towel.
Step 7: Trim the Material, and Apply Your Masterpiece to Your Vehicle
Don't worry if you can't cut the all way the way thru the magnetic material - once it is scored, you can bend it and it will snap off.
Place your temporary sticker on your vehicle, and show off your politics proudly!
The vinyl-cut stickers can be directly applied to windows as well, and are easily removed with a razor blade and some glass cleaner (as seen on the truck windows in the last photo).