FAQ frequently asked questions and some answers

Do they come off in a car wash?
We do not recommend pressure wash as those things can even put holes in your radiator. Other washes are fine and, if put on as instructed, they should stay on as long as the car is running. They will fade, usually in 5-10 years, you'll notice a change.

Do you do wholesale?
Sorry. We make everything by hand, so i can't do wholesale, as I can't physically make enough stickers.

Do they damage the car paint when they come off with a hairdryer?
No. We've been taking them on and off our car for years and the paint is totally unaffected. We have noticed that if you put them on black plastic areas (not bumpers) it can leave a slight impression. We have a video in 'Hints Tips and Video Tape' for you to see how it's done.

Are you really Hippies?
Not sure what a Hippy really is. I'd love more time off to contemplate this.

Are they only for cars?
The material is designed for cars but most hard, non-porous, surfaces will do. Any hard surface will do. Even some flexible surfaces (like PVC) can be coated. The main one that can't is that plastic woven fabric material.

What happens if you get our order wrong?
Just drop us a line and we'll correct it, no worries.

What if I don't like the colours I picked?
Give us a call first. You can send them back to us undamaged (in original packaging with correct postage) but it is up to us if we ask for an additional cost from you. We do not buy-in or hold stock as we only make to order by hand so on large orders it's a big request. So to keep the cost down we may ask for our time to be covered if you are being particuarly fussy. You can always ask for us to send swatches of colour.

Do you do multi-coloured vinyl?
No, sorry. Just single colour sheets. I would love to, but the manufacturers haven't made any yet.

How long does postage take?
If we get busy (summer months) it may take a few days to process. At other times we usually find UK orders are delivered within 3 days of ordering. Airmail is 7-10 working days. Remember, if it's an offline order, the cheque can take a few days to get to us - then it can take 2-3 days for us to cut & post.

My question isn't here
Contact me and I will do my best to help.

Some of the vinyl is peeling away at the edges.
We ask that you clean the surface with hot soapy water first to remove grease and wax so that may not have been as well done as needed. Also some products like 'Back to black' may be on the surface which will repel a sticker. Any vinyl that has been applied to a plastic coated surface may have this problem. The vinyl is designed to go on metal surfaces, so plastic is always a bit of a gamble.

When done, wash as usual - but we do not recommend jet/pressure washing as some washes are so powerful they'll jet wash off the surface or break bits bit off.

The vinyl has come off right away.
When you apply vinyl with soapy water, it is really easy to forget which side is the sticky side, because as soon as it is wet, both sides feel the same. Therefore, if you get it wrong and put the vinyl on with the non-sticky surface against the car, then it will come off once dry. Please be extra careful with the flower centers and vines, these are the trickiest.

When done, wash as usual - but we do not recommend jet/pressure washing as some washes are so powerful they'll jet wash off the surface or break bits bit off.

The stickers are not sticking to the surface

The reasons for this are plenty. The surface must be sound, clean & free from grease before you put the stickers on. Also do not put them on fresh paint. If it still has a smell then it's too soon. The recomendation is a month on new paint. Do not use wax or other nice greasy stuff before you apply stickers, do that afterwards.

Signage Vinyl and colour fastness; how long can I expect the vinyl to last?

Hippy Motors started designing, making and selling the coolest car stickers back in 2007. We quickly realised that we needed the best quality vinyl and have always bought the best the industry made. However over the last few years we started to find a few changes. Certain colours were not performing as they should and were fading too quickly. We raised this with our supplier and this is what we found out.

In 2007 changes in legislation were brought in to force manufactures to change the formula of vinyl. They took out some nasty ingredients and made the material better for the environment. Unfortunately this changed the materials colour performance and our supplier (and indeed the industry) did not tell anyone.

Now, however, never trust a company that says they use vinyl that is good for up to 10 years because we can assure you the industry cannot make coloured vinyl that will keep colour for that long any more. If it is printed vinyl the expected colour fastness is a lot worse and you'll have a white sticker on your car after only 3 years, if in the sun.

Those who are old customers of Hippy Motors and eagle eyed will have noticed we have appeared to have down graded our vinyl from 8-10 year to 7 year but we can assure you this is not the case.

We found out that vinyl suppliers were always misleading the industry. 8-10 years never referred to colour in the first place. It was only ever for how long it sticks to the surface, but the colour (we found out) could go any time after 1.5 years for certain colours. So although it was still stuck, it would no longer have its original colour. At Hippy Motors we know you want colour so we are now using a supplier that rates the colour for 7 years. In fact, it's not actually that simple. The real figures are below:

Black & white - 8 years

Colours - 7 years (Electric Blue, however, is 4 years)

Silver & gold - 5 years

We like to keep our customers informed and I hope you have found this information useful.

Stickers and car insurance

Before you buy, give your car insurance provider a call and ask them if it's OK to add a Hippy Motors sticker to your motor as some car insurance companies will try to charge you more if you have a sticker on it as they will tell you it's a 'modification'. A sticker on the car is NOT a modification to the car so please avoid any companies that tell you it is and insisting you need to pay more to them for it. A modification is something that will change the physical characteristics of the motor from its original manufactured specification. A sticker is therefore not a modification so please stay away from businesses telling you otherwise.

We can fully recommend Aviva car insurance. We have had many conversations with them about our car and their staff love Hippy Motors stickers so give them a call. We've used them for years and never had an issue with the service and are also good value as well.