As you all know, there are a limited number of decent unicycling stickers out there. Here are a couple that I recently “made”. The first one is to promote awareness of sharing the road with cyclists. It had a bicycle on it that I converted to a unicycle with some cutting and sticking of the existing sticker.
The second is of course the infamous Unicycle.com sticker, cut-out with an exacto knife to just have the lettering.
So, post your sticker conversions, or new from scratch stickers here…
Definitely! I’m always on the lookout for stickers that can take the outdoors; most can’t. I have to change out the stickers on my car a couple of times a year, as they fade to white, crack and peel. I think vinyl is the material in the more sun-proof stickers, like the UDC ones. They last a very long time, except on the side of my car that gets the (California) afternoon sun. Nothing can hold up to that forever.
I am in the printing business, and I can tell you that most outdoor bumper stickers that fade in the sun were printed using the wrong process. If you have the printing done using offset lithography (the most common kind of printing) the film of ink that is laid down will not be thick enough to withstand the sun’s UV rays. They will fade very quickly - sometimes in a matter of months. This is true even if “UV resistant” ink is used. This fade problem is rather well known, but lots of small printers don’t have direct experience with it, so they look at a bumper sticker as just another print job. They don’t realize that the product they have provided is sub-standard.
For great fade resistance, make sure that your sticker is silk screened. This process lays down a really thick film of ink that can hold up for years. Also, red and yellow will burn out more quickly than blue or black - so if your sticker is going to be one or two colors, use blue and/or black.
I have been meaning to see how dry-toner (like from a laser printer) holds up, but I have not gotten around to it yet. Because of the heat used in setting the toner, special vinyl stock has to be used (specially engineered vinyl and specially engineered adhesive).
Unfortunately, I do not do silk screening in my shop, or I would offer to help on a sticker project.
From being in a band, ive shopped around to literally hundreds of sticker companies. And there are a lot of them out there who can print just 1 sticker for you, some can do a minimum of 5-10. For that amount you may have to pay a few dollars for a sticker, but who cares, just dont grab a coffee that day and theres your money for it.
With the companies weve gone with, all of them have held up outdoors and havent faded at all yet and just look great. And most companies I see do address the different options for outdoor stickers and indoor sticker. I just go with outdoor ones even though most people will have them inside on something.
But yeah, stickers are an easy thing to have made up. Shop around and get some done. Its a very easy and cheap process.