How to make your own decals for RC cars

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How to make your own decals for RC cars
You can easily make your own decal for your RC car. (rc-modell image by andreas from

Racing RC cars has been a huge hit for children and grownups alike. Typically, RC cars come with their decals already in place, but you can find a blank car at any hobby shop. Another option is taking a car that already has decals and carefully peeling them off, creating your own blank canvas. There are also cars that come with decals that you can opt out of putting on. When you purchase sticker printing software it will usually come with a few sheets of sticker paper, saving you a bit of money.

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Things you need

  • RC car
  • Printer
  • Sticker printing software
  • Sticker paper

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    Measure the areas of the RC car on which you wish to apply decals. You can print as many stickers as you want but if they don't fit, it's pointless. Be sure to measure each area's dimensions.

  2. 2

    Design your decal on your computer software program. Make sure you get it exactly how you want it to look. You can zoom in and fix every detail, customising all designs, fonts and colours.

  3. 3

    Adjust the size of your decal. Ensure that the decal is going to fit in the designated area before printing it out. The measurements will appear on the computer program for you to view. You can also view the size on the sheet of paper in the "print preview" option.

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    Print your decal out. You may want to print several at the same time so as to not waste paper. If you just print one on the whole sheet, it will be harder to reprint on that paper. Try to print all of them if you can, and keep in mind you can rotate the decals so they all fit on the same sheet.

  5. 5

    Cut out each of your decals, using precision when cutting them out. You don't want your hard work to look sloppy due to bad cutting. Take your time when doing this, and be sure to put the stickers in a safe spot, as some of them may be small and easy to lose.

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    Peel the stickers off the paper and apply your decals to the RC car. You've already designated the areas where you wanted these stickers but be sure to take your time and make sure they're centred. Be sure that they're angled exactly as you want them; you may not want them perfectly straight on the car. Keep both sides uniform so they will be as close to identical as possible.

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