We get a lot of customers asking us what surfaces vinyl stickers can stick to. We decided to set the record straight and explain in detail. Don’t forget. Vinyl stickers are not the same as vinyl decals. Read our blog post on that to learn more about the difference. Want to know what surface vinyl stickers stick to? Read on to find out and learn the best way to prepare your surface for application.

Vinyl stickers can stick to any smooth, clean surface you can think of. There aren’t many surfaces off limits. The main surfaces include wood, plastic, glass, and metal. Position it on your computer, on your car, on your wall, or on your window. As long as the surface is flat, vinyl stickers will probably stick to it. We believe vinyl stickers have unlimited creative potential.  The vinyl used in stickers shouldn’t stop you from being creative.

A set of custom window graphics

When it comes to vinyl stickers there are several different types of vinyl. This predominantly depends on where the vinyl sticker is going to be stuck. They all have different adhesives. That’s a fancy word for glue. Different adhesives mean that some vinyl has a stronger glue which will stick to more surfaces. For example, stronger adhesives are used for vehicles and stickers intended for outside use. Using a stronger adhesive can in some cases result in pulling off your paint. While this is uncommon, it’s always good to check before applying certain vinyls to your surface.

How To Clean Your Chosen Surface

So you’ve found the perfect surface for your vinyl sticker. What now? It’s always a good idea to clean your chosen surface. Remove all the dust, grime and grease in order to make sure the vinyl sticker has the longest possible lifetime. When cleaning the surface you should use a methylated spirit to get the best results. This is the best way to clean the surface. Avoid using a cleaner which contains oil because this will affect how well the sticker sticks.

little street wall stickers

Choose The Right Vinyl Sticker for you

You now know exactly what surfaces you can stick a vinyl sticker too. You now need to find the right vinyl sticker for you. Browse through our collection of  Macbook stickers & macbook decals to personalise your Macbook. Add a special touch to your vehicle with our vehicle decals. Change the look of your room with Vinyl Revolution wall art. Still not sure whether a vinyl sticker will stick to your chosen surface? Contact us today to find out. Read our blog 5 Places You Wouldn’t Think to Put A Sticker or Decal for some inspiration.

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11 thoughts on “What Surfaces Do Vinyl Stickers Stick To?

  1. John says:

    Do I remove the old to replace with new? If so how do I remove from a outside fiberglass surface. Or can I simply put new over old?

  2. Harry Palmer says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your question. Huge apologies for the delay in response!

    The best way to remove from outside fibreglass would be to slightly heat the vinyl to help loosen the glue. This will make the removal much easier!

  3. Harry Palmer says:

    Hi John,

    Yes, if possible I would recommend removing the old vinyl before applying the new! But in some cases, you can go over the old vinyl!

  4. Harry Palmer says:


    Thanks for your message!

    Yes, you should be able to apply vinyl onto thermoplastic polyurethane! What type of thermoplastic polyurethane product would you like to apply vinyl to?

  5. Harry Palmer says:

    Hello Rebeca,

    Thanks for your message.

    Yes, vinyl can be applied to a cemented surface. However, it would be dependent on the surface and you would need to use a special high tack floor vinyl to ensure it would adhere.

  6. Harry Palmer says:

    Hello Caroline,

    Thanks for your message! It wouldn’t stick on a nylon bag permanently but it may work as a temporary sticker!

  7. B R Sitaram says:

    Can vinyl be stuck to stone? In particular, polished stone called Kota stone (a fine-grained variety of limestone).

  8. Harry Palmer says:


    Thanks for the question.

    I can confirm vinyl wouldn’t be suitable to be stuck onto stone.

    Many thanks,
    Harry Palmer

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