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Frequently Asked Questions

 Hard Hat Stickers

Q. How do you eliminate the wrinkles that often form when applying the hard hat decals?

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Don't go for cheap, non-conformable decals. Unlike competitors' decals, our hard hat labels are made with special adhesive, film, and liner to avoid wrinkles. The adhesive side of our decals has ridges that allow air to escape while the decal is being applied, and the flexibility of the material we use allows our decals to conform to a compound-curved surface without bunching around the edges.
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Q. What is the best way to apply a hard hat sticker?

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Peel off half of the liner. Use the liner-covered half to slide the sticker into position before sticking it to the hard hat. When the sticker is in the desired position, press the sticky part onto the hard hat and peal off the remaining portion of liner. For best results, it is important to make sure the center of the sticker is the first part to make contact with the hard hat. From the center, softly work your way to the sides. Before pressing the decal firmly to the hard hat, make sure all sides are lightly stuck down. At first it will look like there are wrinkles. Smooth out the wrinkles, making sure to work around the decal evenly, so it does not bunch on one side.

Q. Why use a reflective label?

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Reflective labels make it easy to spot someone in the dark using a flashlight, and while they are only marginally more expensive than non-reflective hard hat labels, they can spell the difference between safety and disaster in an emergency situation. Also see our photoluminescent labels, which glow in the dark.

Q. When are reflective strips necessary?

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There is no official or standard use for strips on hard hats, but there are strict conspicuity rules for fire fighter helmets. Strips are crucial for adding extra visibility in low-visibility situations. Our ShineStrips™ retro-flective hard hat strips and trapezoids provide a unique support for dark and potentially hazardous areas, where a bright label can help you be seen from a distance, and stand up to tough conditions.

Q. Our company logo is pretty rough. Can it still be used for a custom hard hat decal design?

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Yes, we have a team of artists who can clean up and edit your rough logo for no additional cost. Upload your logo, or contact our customer service department for additional help with your logo design. Most art is done overnight and you will have a proof ready and waiting for you in your inbox the next morning to be examined.

Q. Should I apply my hard hat sticker on the front or the side of my hard hat?

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It is ultimately up to you where you want to place your sticker, but award stickers are often placed on the side of the hat, while logos are more commonly placed on the front.

Q. What is best shape for Hard Hat label?

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We offer hard hat labels in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the shape you choose is ultimately up to you. In general, larger labels tend to be harder to apply without wrinkles or air bubbles. Smaller circular labels and equilateral triangles with slightly curved sides are probably the easiest to apply to a hard hat surface.

Q. Can I remove a hard hat label after it has been on for a year?

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Yes! Believe it or not, they are easy to peel off, even after a year of use. So if your company reuses or updates hard hats, you don't have to worry about a sticky mess every time you replace a label.

Q. Can I create different hard hat stickers for each of our workers?

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Yes, we make it easy to design peronalized hard hat stickers with different names on them. You can enter multiple names into the design wizard online, or you can contact our CSR department and send us a list of workers, titles, etc. We often make these types of stickers, and they are incredibly affordable. The rocker and mini-crescent labels are an ideal shape for these title labels.

Q. What is a “Rocker” helmet sticker?

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This is just an industry term for the arched stickers that fit on the sides of a helmet. Originally favored by EMS workers and firefighters, Rocker stickers are now common with other construction and factory workers. You can quickly spot a supervisor, a trained first aid worker or distinguish between different sub-contractors on a job. A related sticker type is the “mini-crescent”. Mini-crescent labels fit over the standard 2” outer diameter labels and help create a supplemental message.

Q. We want to match one of our old sticker designs. It has a special shape that I can’t find on your site. Can you help?

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Yes! We do not charge extra for special shapes. We use “digital die-cutting” and can accommodate any shape of hard hat sticker design. We can cut around the outside of most logos, create a star, a special 'winged' shape, and more. Contact our CSR department.

Q. Are there any potential dangers or drawbacks to putting stickers or decals on my hard hat

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No, not really. The types of adhesives that we use on our hard hat stickers are non-reactive, and as a result, it is very unlikely that they will negatively affect the performance of your hard hat under normal conditions. Two general rules of thumb should be followed to maximize safety. First, adhesive stickers should be placed at least ¾ inch away from the edge of the helmet, to make sure they do not act as a conductor between the outside and inside of the hard hat. Second, periodically check your hard hat or helmet's shell for damage, regardless of whether or not you have stickers on it! you should try to keep the area covered by stickers to a practical minimum, so you can inspect your helmet’s shell for damage.

Q. Should we laminate our hard hat labels?

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Generally, we advise against lamination. The lamination ads thickness and makes the label far less conformable (your label cannot be applied to a hard hat without wrinkling). We use exceptionally durable inks and films, all made and specified by 3M. This is the same 3M printing system used by most traffic signs in the US and these signs, typically, last for 10 years+ outside. The 3M inks “bite” into the vinyl and provide a very durable and quite abrasion resistant print. A lamination, thus, is not needed.

Q. Should I order preprinted hard hats or just a sticker?

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If you have a new team, need new hats or just want to show off your logo, a custom printed hard hat can make sense. In the real world, however, a hard hat sticker is usually the best choice. A hard hat can show off more than just a logo. Show off a safety award, identify certified operators, quickly find trained first aid and CPR specialists. With vast improvements in digital printing and hard hat label materials, hard hat stickers are now exceptionally durable, attractive and affordable. For a better comparison of screen printed hard hats with stickers, click here.

Q. What is the best color for a hard hat sticker?

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In our experience, most hard hats come in light colors (yellow, white, light blue), not dark colors. As a result, our most popular hard hat stickers use color schemes that contrast with these lighter hats. In most cases, the stickers have a dark colored outer ring. For firefighter helmet labels, however, the color schemes are usually reversed, because the most common firefighter helmet colors are red and black. For darker helmets like these, lighter colored stickers are more common.

Q. What is the right size for a custom hard hat decal?

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The temptation is to choose a large size. After all, “bigger is better”, right? But, this causes some problems with hard hat stickers. Many hard hats do not have a sufficient space or area within the ribbing to accommodate larger stickers. Trying to wrap a decal around a rib, even with our conformable materials, doesn’t produce good results. The “sweet spot” for a hard hat decal is usually 2” or less. At that size, the label is conspicuous, but still easy to apply.