What’s the Difference Between a Sticker and a Decal?

Do you know the difference between a sticker and a decal? 

If you’re asking this question, then you’re probably looking to buy one, and the trickiest thing to figure out is which one is right for you. 

Most people use these words interchangeably, but stickers and decals are actually quite different. 

And according to experts, all decals are stickers but not all stickers are decals. 

To put it simply, stickers and decals are made up of two layers: a paper backing and an adhesive surface. 

The design is printed on the front of the adhesive layer, which is adhered to the paper backing. Vinyl, newspaper, and aluminium are examples of materials used in the adhesive layer. 

Let’s take a closer look at each one:

What is a Sticker?

A sticker may be considered a sort of label, but not all labels are stickers. 

Stickers can be either printed or cut vinyl, and they’re also open on one side so you can write or draw on them yourself. 

Choose a sticker made from vinyl or polyester if you want something that will endure outside weather conditions. 

A sticker has two components: the attractive layer, which features glue on the back and design on the front, and the paper backing that must be removed. 

And the word sticker can be used to describe anything from postage stamps, to gold stars, and even the label on your beer bottle!

What is a Decal?

All decals are stickers (but not all stickers are decal). 

Essentially, a decal is basically a decorative sticker, usually used outdoors. They are a design that may be transferred from one surface to another, with three distinct layers: paper on the back, the decal itself, and paper on the front.

Decals are generally produced with an eco solvent printing process or utilising latex inks through a thermal colour printer, and they are frequently either printed vinyl or transparent polyester. 

Decals can be indoors on cars, bicycles, laptops, glass bottles, ceramics and any smooth surface. 

So, decals come in different forms, including printed or cut vinyl. Print cut vinyl decals may include pictures and patterns, as well as simple single-colour designs.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing Stickers or Decals

When it comes to purchasing decals, stickers, or other items like labels, there are a number of things to consider:

1. Intended Use

Even though stickers and decals share the same qualities, the main differences lie in their intended use. 

Usually, stickers are used for logos and illustrations, labels are used for informative purposes and decals are used for decoration.

2. Size

Stickers and labels are typically smaller in size and are used to decorate small items like laptops, water bottles, and other product packaging. 

Decals, on the other hand, are generally larger and used to decorate things like windows, cars, glass and ceramics.

3. Surface

A decal that goes on the floor is different from a decal that would go on a car and that is different from a decal that would go on a window. 

So always talk to your supplier about what type of decal will be best for your needs.

4. Lifespan

Another important factor to consider is lifespan: decals last longer than stickers. If you want something that will last more than a year, you should choose a decal. 

If you’re searching for anything tiny and quick to put up, go with a sticker.

Final Words

Stickers and decals are all over the place! 

They’ll never lose their appeal, charm, or noticeability. When we think of “stickers and decals,” the words fun, intriguing, and creative spring to mind. 

Decals are a fun and simple method to express your individuality and decorate anything you can think of for a limited time or without making a permanent switch. 

Custom decals make a statement, and tell people your interests and qualities in a colourful and eye-catching way.

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