FAQ

Vinyl Decals

Stickershock now offers decal protection unlike anyone else! If you install any Stickershock decal on any rocket and you crash it, Cato it or accidentally run over it with your recovery vehicle, Stickershock23.com will replace that decal for half the cost of the original decal!

To qualify, send us a copy of your receipt (when you get it, stick it in your range box, or someplace safe), a picture of your damaged rocket, your fill name and shipping information, and your email address or other contact information to receive half off the original price on any replacement decal. (Printed decals will be replaced, but the $20.00 minimum setup fee still applies.) Once this is received, we will contact you and arrange payment and shipping!

Please note that stickershock23.com will not cover decals from rockets that are lost or stolen, or damaged from improper use. Decals that come off during supersonic flights will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any decal used on anything other than a rocket (i.e. cars, boats, trailers, etc.) are not covered under this warranty.

Your decal will come with a backing (just like any peel and stick decal) and an application tape laid over it. The application tape (or backing tape) holds the decal together as one piece for easy installation. It also allows you to use a brandishing tool (such as a bondo spreader or even a credit card) to squeeze the decal down and work out bubbles without touching the decal. Once satisfied, the backing tape peels off to expose your new decal. There are several more tips and tricks to installing, and you will get a set of instructions with more details with your order. You can also check out the How to Install video below for more information.


Installing a PRINTED  rocket wrap

Basic CUT VINYL decal installation

How to apply a CUT vinyl  or simple tube wrap

How to wrap a nose with printed Vinyl

We offer decals in black, white, silvery grey, maroon, red, orange, yellow, alien green, dark green, light blue, royal blue, pink, purple, chrome, gold chrome and gold metallic. We also offer yellow green, dark orange and dark blue. These are our standard colors, but we also have other “exotic” colors available, which may be subject to an additional charge, such as purple chrome and laser cut holographic. If you need something special, we can order it, too! Please contact us for these options.

No, at this time, we do not offer water slide decals. Please take this into consideration when making a purchase.

No problem, we can do those too! Printed decals are printed versions of any color or combination of colors, halftones, etc. We can print from most any file type and scale it as needed. Printed decals are a little more expensive if you only need one, but they look great and again, last a lifetime. Printed decals are also awesome if you need a club logo or anything like that. Printing small decals in larger numbers is actually cheaper! So contact us if you need a club logo or something similar!

Yes! A clear coat will help to smooth out your vinyl decals and will seal them into the rocket. It will help keep them from being damaged or the edges from peeling when handled often. Clear coat like you would anything – adding several thin layers is best. For better finish, sand lightly between coats. As with any paint or clear coat, it’s best to test first to make sure things are compatible. Just ask, and we’d be happy to send a piece of scrap with your order to test with!

Vinyl decals are very simple. First we create your artwork. We can work from most common image types such as JPEG, PNG, true EPS, AI and many, many more. If you aren’t looking for custom artwork, you can choose something from our library of thousands of images. We can change, stretch, flilp, rotate and combine any images to come up with the decal you need or want! Just describe what you’d like, or show us a picture, and chances are we can do it for you. The first 30 minutes of design time is always free! After that, we charge $40 per hour. Your decal is then cut from one solid sheet of vinyl. For multicolor decals, we simply layer multiple colors on top of each other!

Stickershock’s vinyl decals are made from the same material and equipment used to make professional signs. The vinyl is rated for five years in direct weather, so they should last a lifetime on your rocket. All vinyls are 2.5-2.7 mil thick and are almost completely opaque (some really light colors do tend to show a little of the color behind them, such as yellow, but very little). This means you will get bright, vivid colors that last. They won’t yellow or fade for at least five years, if not more (most rockets spend little time in the sun, so the colors last longer). Vinyl decals are cut with a small blade from a solid sheet. That means there is no background color or anything clear behind it – just the color you see. You won’t need to trim them to size or shape!

Shipping

We charge $3.00 for USPS First Class shipping (sorry, no insurance) and $7.00 for USPS Priority shipping (comes with $50 damage insurance from the post office) anywhere in the U.S.! International shipping is $14 and up. No matter how big your order is or how many items you order, your shipping cost will remain the same. That means you will get your item(s) in 2-3 days for one low cost! We also ship outside the U.S. If you need shipping outside the U.S, please contact us and we will get you an estimate. However, we can ship a typical order to most places for $8-15 USPS first class. If your order fits in an envelope, we’ve been able to send for as low as $3. If you’re in a hurry, we can also do priority international shipping. This is more expensive, but much quicker.

Circumference

We guarantee our decals will fit your tube, based on the circumference you provide to us when ordering. If for whatever reason your decal still doesn’t fit, we will do what it takes to resolve the issue and get you a new one, so long as you have checked the box stating that you have read the instructions for determining your circumference and have done so correctly, and provided us with that circumference. Orders made without providing a specific circumference or verifying that you have read the instructions for how to determine the circumference of your tube will not be guaranteed, so if they don’t fit, you will be responsible for re-measuring and re-purchasing a replacement decal.

Circumference is the distance around the outside of a circle – or in our case, a tube. It is calculated by multiplying pi times the diameter..

circle-area-template          circumference

In rocketry, there are so many different sized tubes out there. Just because a tube is advertised as a 2″ tube doesn’t mean it’s actually 2″. Some manufacturers’ 2″ tubes are actually 1.9″ (like Aerotech). Estes made a BT67 that was 2.02″ and a BT70 that was 2.217″. For a long time, standard 5.5″ tube was actually 5.38″, for example. For this reason, there are far too many circumference sizes to list each one, so we ask you to provide a circumference.

When finding your circumference, DO NOT simply “do the math” or use calipers to take your measurement. More often than not, you’ll squeeze the tube (even just a tiny bit) when measuring diameter/radius, which will give you the wrong number right from the get-go and your math will be wrong. Instead, please physically wrap something (such as a piece of paper, tape or measuring tape) around your tube, mark it, and measure it to get an exact circumference. Then, when you make your order, select the closest Diameter size listed and then enter your exact circumference measurement! That way, we can adjust the decal size to fit your tube exactly!

IF your tube is a standard tube   with no extra  fiberglass  or  super thick paint  etc.  you can enter ” MADCOW THINWALL FIBERGLASS”  or  “PML PHENOLIC TUBE”  etc   I do have measurements for MOST standard HIGH POWER tubes. BUT  entering your TRUE Circumference will ALWAYS give you the BEST matched decal  for your rocket.

I DO ALWAYS ADD SOME FOR A LITTLE OVERLAP  so you do not need to add that for that. I will do it for you!

Most rocketry body tubes are standard sizes, but some people either don’t use standard tube, add fiberglass to them or have an odd-sized tube to start with. For that reason, we cannot be sure what size your rocket tube is unless you tell us. There are just way too many different possible sizes to list them all. By entering your circumference, we can match your decal to your rocket tube exactly. If you do not enter a circumference, we will assume your tube is standard sized (like LOC or PML) and make your decals to fit. If you choose not to provide a circumference and your decal doesn’t end up fitting your rocket, it will not be covered under warranty!  You may also enter  “wildman tube”  or “madcow thinwall fiberglass”  or similar.if it is a standard tube  with nothing special done to it (no extra fiberglass.. just simple paint etc)