Decal fitting and maintenance.

All CaravanID decals and stickers are produced from quality materials with a minimum UV life expectancy of three to five years when fitted vertically to your caravan or motorhome.

Our decals are designed to be secure and long lasting but they are NOT intended to be permanent markings. It is therefore possible to remove them without damage to your van. Proper preparation and fitting will ensure your decals will last for many years.

If you are not fitting your decals immediately, they should be stored flat or gently rolled and kept at room temperature. Do not leave them exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight as this may make the backing tape difficult to remove.

Fitting:

Ideally your decals should be fitted in a controlled environment such as a workshop or garage but they can safely be fitted outdoors with a few sensible precautions. Choose a day where the outside temperature is at least 10C and there is no wind or rain forecast. If you are fitting in lower temperatures, keep the decals somewhere warm till you are ready to apply them. If the vinyl is allowed to cool too much you may find that smaller elements such as the triangular insert for the letter “A” stick to the transfer tape. If this does happen, press the area down again then remove the tape slowly at a severe angle. It may even be necessary to save and apply these parts separately.

Have the equipment you will need ready, this will include:

  • 1 clean and dry microfibre cloth.
  • 1 Plastic applicator or squeegee (an old credit card will suffice).
  • 1 Pair of sharp scissors
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • Ladder or scaffold.

If you are using a ladder or working at height, always keep personal safety in mind. Work from a level surface and if necessary, have someone steady the ladder while you are working.

It is important to ensure the surface the decals will be fitted to is even and has been thoroughly cleaned using a mild detergent and water to completely remove any dirt, grease, wax, polishes etc and has been allowed to dry fully.

Once you have prepared the surface, fit your decals immediately. We strongly recommend the ‘hinge method’ as demonstrated in our video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMcSX1WWChQ&t=67s

Care and Maintenance:

As mentioned, your decals are of the highest quality but are not intended to be permanent markings. Decals may be damaged by impact from tree branches or other objects they come in contact with. We also advise caution if using high pressure washes (not recommended for use on caravans).

Over time the adhesive on your decals will mature and become more difficult to remove, especially at lower temperatures (below 7C). Likewise, the decals themselves may become more brittle and difficult to remove. This is quite normal and will not affect their appearance or effectiveness.

Normal cleaning or polishing of your van will not damage your decals however you should avoid direct application of abrasive or solvent based products. Wax polishes and protective coatings may be used and can actually prolong the life of your decals.

Removal:

Should you wish to remove your decals you can do so without causing damage to your van. How long each decal will take to remove will depend on a number of factors including how long they have been fitted and the environment you are working in.  In our tests this is typically 10 to 15 minutes.

To remove the decals you will need:

  • A clean and dry microfibre cloth.
  • A plastic scraping tool (do NOT use metal tools).
  • Heat gun (domestic hairdryer may suffice).
  • Adhesive remover (WD-40 will suffice),
  • Ladder or scaffold.

If you are using a ladder or working at height, always keep personal safety in mind. Work from a level surface and if necessary, have someone steady the ladder while you are working.

Ideally your decals should be removed in a controlled environment such as a workshop or garage but they can safely be removed outdoors with a few sensible precautions. Choose a day where the outside temperature is at least 7C (the warmer the better). It should also be mentioned that the longer your decals have been fitted, the more stubborn they may be to remove.

Use the heat gun to warm up the decal. Keep the nozzle about six inches away, moving it across the surface to avoid scorching one area. Once the decal feels hot to the touch, use the plastic scraping tool to lift one edge then slowly peel away the rest. The surface will cool quickly so pause periodically to apply more heat to the area you are working on. Repeat till you have removed the whole decal.

As the vinyl comes away, it is likely some adhesive residue will remain. Liberally spray the area with your adhesive remover and leave for about five minutes. Once the remover has had time to soak in, use the cloth to rub away the remaining adhesive. Use your scraping tool to remove any stubborn deposits.

Finish the job by thoroughly cleaning the area using a mild detergent and water to completely remove any residue or adhesive remover.