Introducing Static Clings - Everything You Need To Know

We've launched static clings – a new type of sticker or label that sticks using static only! Whaaat?!

In this blog, we will explain what a static cling is, how they work and how you can get the best static clings possible.

Static clings look like this:

Die cut static cling with eat now logo applied to a glass door

What is static cling?

Static clings, also known as static cling vinyls, are plastic stickers that don’t use glue. They stick to smooth flat surfaces, such as glass, using static only. The surface of the static cling is so smooth when you push the air out, it acts as a suction cup, causing your label to stick to the surface.


What are static clings made out of?

We make static clings from a soft, transparent plastic film that we can print any design on, in full colour, including white ink.

There are several different plastic options available on the market, but we only offer static clings made from PVS.

Below, you can see all the parts that make your static clings:

Split view of a static cling with each material layer numbered

Imagine looking at your static clings from above, then the layers would be:

  1. Your custom design, printed with the latest digital technology to get incredible detail & vibrant colours.
  2. The material your clings are made from - a clear PVC film that is almost invisible.
  3. The backing paper, which makes your clings easy to peel.

How to get the best possible result

The most important thing with static clings is to ensure the surface you’re sticking to is smooth, flat and non-porous. A non-porous surface doesn’t allow liquid or air to pass through it – meaning there are no tiny holes.

You’ll get the best results with glass, which is why static clings are so popular for shop and car window branding.

They’ll also stick to metal & painted surfaces – but only if they’re super smooth!

Otherwise, treat static clings as standard stickers that are easier to apply and remove. And for tips on just how to apply and remove your static clings, click here.

How to use static clings

There are many possible uses for static clings. The main requirement is that you stick them to smooth, flat, non-porous surfaces like glass.

Here are the most popular uses of static clings:

  • Decorating shop windows. Perfect for seasonal displays or short-term promotions.
  • Car window clings are used for memberships, societies or other forms of identification. Parking permits or badges are widespread uses.
  • Van or commercial vehicle signage, when you might be renting a vehicle or want to brand it temporarily. 

You can find more details and cool photos in our blog post: "The best ways to use static clings"

Die cut static cling with National park logo applied to a car window

Is static cling dangerous?

The short answer is no!

When people think of static, they remember those horrible static shocks they get when touching something.

This does NOT happen with static cling stickers. They have a smooth backing to the sticker, which acts like a mini-suction cup, helping it adhere to glass or other smooth surfaces.

If you are unsure whether static cling is the right fit for you, look at our comparison between static cling and adhesive window films.

If you like the sound of static clings and want to see if they’re suitable for your use, you can get 10 custom static clings printed with your own custom design – perfect for testing the final product.

We hope this has helped you to get a comprehensive understanding of static clings, what they are and how to get the best results.

Do you want to learn more about the world of printed stickers or about how we produce your custom stickers? Then head over to our blog.

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