What are custom static self cling stickers and labels and what can I use them for?
Despite a lack of adhesive, printed static cling window stickers work well. The almost rubber-like nature of the material means that as soon as you apply it to any window, it ‘sticks’ down without sliding. It will stay put for years, but it can be effortlessly removed by peeling it off residue-free.
This makes static window clings suitable for a number of different uses. For example, they’re ideal for short-term promotion where they may only need to be stuck down for weeks, days, hours or even minutes.
The sticking effect is also strong enough to allow for stickers of all shapes and sizes - from little buttons up to full-sized window displays.
But custom low tack adhesive stickers and labels are better - here's why:
Low tack uses a special adhesive which sticks just like static cling, but can be removed with no adhesive residue. We highly recommend low tack stickers over static cling for the following reasons:
1). Up to 50% cheaper
Static cling is a far more expensive material. With low tack adhesive material, you’ll have the same results up to 50% cheaper which could save you hundreds of pounds.
2). NO residue
The special adhesive can be peeled away with no leftover glue – just like static.
3). A firm hold
Don’t let “low tack” fool you. It still provides a very firm hold. It's even better than static during winter or outdoor use, as it's unaffected by weather or condensation (which can cause issues with static). Perfect for windows, glass, smooth metal and plastic.
4). Better print quality
Precision print presses used today have difficulty printing in high resolution due to the static interfering with the print head. However, with low tack, there’s no such issue, meaning that we can use our class-leading Xeikon 3300 press to give you some of the best sharpness and colour depth you’ll find anywhere in the UK.
5). More durable
Low tack stickers use polypropylene vinyl which is waterproof, weatherproof, UV resistant, scratch-resistant, tear-resistant and suitable for years of indoor or outdoor use.
To get an instant price to see how much more affordable they are compared to static cling, please enter your order requirements into the calculator above.
Static cling stickers
Static cling stickers are one of the most popular types of sticker in the world. From retail outlets to offices, their flexibility and lack of residue have made them a huge success. Most car owners will have at least one example in their vehicles – that little sticker the garage leaves to remind you of your oil change - static cling. In an advertising campaign for Microsoft’s MSN 8 Internet service, on October 24, 2002, hundreds of decals of the MSN butterfly logo were affixed to surfaces in New York City.
What is it?
Static cling is a the result of the creation of static electricity which occurs when air-dry materials rub together, and a transaction of electrons, creates an electrical charge. This charge can build up as static electricity and cause two objects to stick or hold together. When electrons are charged one physical object will gain them, becoming negatively charged, while the opposite will lose them, becoming positively charged. Oppositely charged objects will then get attracted to each other. Static-cling stickers do not really cling with static electricity. They cling to smooth-textured surfaces, such as glass, because of the adhesive forces of plasticizer molecules between the smooth surfaces. As the molecules dislocate over time stickers lose their power to “cling.” This breakdown normally occurs as an outcome of dust, water and elemental interference. So the most popular and flourishing use is for internal window stickers.
Static cling stickers are made from electrostatically charged polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC, a clear self cling, non adhesive soft pvc which allows ease of removal after application. This cling film is very smooth and pliable due to the addition of extra fluid plasticizers into the PVC in its liquid state. This enables it to stick to smooth, clean, solid surfaces - mainly glass. This smooth finish creates an excellent surface for printing. The clear film is recommended for printing using screen printing or thermal transfer printing and is supplied on a kraft liner allowing computer cutting of the decal. It is most commonly applied to glass though will also adhere to other substrates such as steel and perspex. Decals produced with static cling can be removed cleanly after application. Preferred printing methods are thermal transfer or silk screen printing.
Buy static-like low tack stickers online for quality without the cost
It’s easy. Simply select your shape, choose your printing options, enter in your quantity and then enter in your own custom size for an instant online quote.
If you’re happy with the price, just upload your artwork (or select free basic custom artwork from us) and then complete your order online. Once received, we’ll print your stickers with 1440dpi high definition using eco-friendly solvent inks for stunning detail, vivid colours and full weatherproof properties – making them ideal for years of indoor or outdoor use.
They will then be shipped to you in only 2 to 3 working days with next day UK delivery after dispatch as standard. Spend over £50 and even the delivery is free!
FAQ – Common questions about static cling vs low tack answered!
Q. Do low tack stickers and labels work just like static cling?
Yes, and they’re up to 50% cheaper! Even if you leave them on a window or glass surface for years, they’ll peel off just as easily without residue.
Q. What size options are available?
You can enter in your very own measurements for your own custom size! Just pop the numbers in and then receive an instant quote.
Q. What shapes are available?
Choose from round, square or rectangular, or even contact us for a custom shape contour cut.
Q. What is the turnaround and delivery?
Your stickers will be printed in 2 to 3 days and then shipped to you with FREE next day delivery as standard on all UK orders.
Q. Can I upload my own artwork?
Yes! You can upload your own artwork or we can even create free basic artwork for you if you don’t have a design of your own.
Q. What are low tack stickers suitable for?
They’re ideal for any window where you need a firm hold but also the ability to easily remove them without leaving any residue. They can also be used on any flat and smooth glass, metal or plastic surface.
Q. Can I choose which side they’re printed?
Yes! With the options available, they can either be printed ‘inside facing out’ so they’re stuck on the inside of the window with the graphic facing through the glass, or ‘inside facing in’, so they’re stuck on the glass with the graphic design facing away from the glass.
Q. Are they weatherproof or waterproof?
Yes! We only use polypropylene vinyl and Xeikon toner which are fully weatherproof, waterproof and UV resistant for years of indoor or outdoor use.
- Essentials / F.A.Q
Please see our recommend artwork guidelines below, if you are unsure about the artwork you are supplying and would like us to check and fix any issues please continue ensuring you tick the ‘check artwork and send PDF proof’ option on the upload page before proceeding
Please note: We only accept print ready artwork on the "upload your file" option, if you need any changes to artwork please select the "we design your artwork" option.
File Type – We accept PDF, AI, EPS or JPEG files
Colour – Convert all colours into CMYK format, with no tints lower than 5%
Fonts – Make sure all fonts are converted to outlines or flattened
Bleed & Safe Area – We require a 3mm bleed and a 3mm inner safe area, WITHOUT crop marks
Image Resolution – Artwork must be at a resolution of 300dpi or higher
To download our checklist please click here.
- File Types
Preferred file types are high resolution flattened PDF or EPS files. If you are designing artwork in a vector program such as illustrator please ensure all fonts are converted to outlines or attach all fonts with your order.
High resolution AI, PSD or JPEG files are also accepted.
For a more in-depth guide about file types click here.
All files supplied must be based in the CMYK colour mode, with no tints lower than 5%.
For a more in-depth guide about colour click here.
To avoid any issues, make the fonts part of your original document through embedding, flattening or converting them to curves in the chosen design program.
For a more in-depth guide about font click here.
- Bleed & Safe Area
All artwork supplied to us for print must have at least 3mm bleed and 3mm inner safe area on all trimmed edges. Please do NOT add crop marks.
For a more in-depth guide about bleed click here.
Images need to have a minimum resolution of 300dpi. If artwork is generated at a lower resolution, then the quality of the final printed job will be affected.
For a more in-depth guide about resolution click here.
- Clear Labels with Opaque & White Elements
The toners we use to print on clear materials are slightly transparent, this means that for the parts that you require to be opaque or to add full colour images we have to create a white base layer on the artwork behind the colour or image, this is achieved by creating a separate layer on your artwork named “white” and anywhere our press finds this colour it will print white toner (beneath the CMYK artwork, beneath images or on it's own).
We can set up your artwork in our design studio, please describe which areas you require to be white or opaque in the notes box on the upload artwork page.
Please be aware that if additional set up is required by our design studio this may delay turnaround time.
For an in-depth guide of how to setup labels with white elements please click here.
- Labels with Metallic Elements
The way we create metallic colours is by using a silver substrate and applying a thin layer of CMYK toner to create the metallic colour required, when ordering please describe the colour required (or give the metallic swatch code from our color logic sheet which is included in all sample packs and can be ordered here FREE of charge) in the notes box at the upload artwork stage.
The parts that you do not require metallic we have to create a white base layer on the artwork, this is achieved by creating a separate layer on your artwork, named “white” and anywhere our press finds this colour it will print white toner beneath the CMYK artwork.
Any white parts on your design that are not named “white” will be printed in a silver metallic.
We can set up your white base for you here in our design studio, please describe which areas you do not require metallic in the notes box on the upload artwork page.
Please be aware that if additional set up is required by our design studio this may delay turnaround time.
For an in-depth guide of how to setup labels with metallic elements please click here.
- Material & Finish Options
Think about the appearance you are trying to achieve for your label, some materials may darken or lighten the appearance of your artwork once printed.
The different finishes may also affect the way your labels appear, Matt effects will make the colours look a little dull or faded and a gloss finish might make them appear brighter.
For more in-depth information about all of the materials and finishing options we offer click here.