I got some awesome stickers at Maker Faire and my bike needed an update. So, read on for my quick how-to on bike uglification, er, sticker application.
First off, peel off any unwanted stickers. The “bonus credit” sticker has to go.
Hopefully your bike isn’t as dirty as mine, but even if it looks good, you need to have a clean surface to make sure your stickers adhere well. In my case, I’ve got a lot of gunk leftover from old stickers. Don’t use rubbing alcohol like I did unless your bike is bare titanium like mine – otherwise you’ll run the risk of dissolving your paint. Soap and water works fine on paint.
Below is a good example of why you should clean first! Someone stuck this bullet hole sticker on my bike when I wasn’t watching. Unfortunately, it’s starting to peel up a bit since that area didn’t get cleaned first.
I’ve got a FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS, an OBRE, a got robots? and a leftover Evil Mad Scientist sticker to put on.
Peel off the backing, put one edge on and smooth the rest of the sticker down so you don’t have any bubbles under the surface.
Here are my results. I’m super happy with my new decor! Thanks to everyone for the stickers, and to Bre for the term “uglification” in reference to stickering up your bike.