Are Custom Decals Worth It

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Are custom decals worth it?’

The UK automotive aftermarket industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

Is a custom decal the same as a coloured vinyl wrap?

No, a custom decal and a coloured vinyl wrap are not the same thing. Below is a list of the key differences between the two.

Custom decal:

  • Size: Typically smaller and focuses on a specific design or logo.
  • Material: Can be made from vinyl, but also other materials like polyester or even metal.
  • Application: Applied directly to the surface and conforms to some curves, but not ideal for complex shapes.
  • Removal: Easier to remove than a vinyl wrap, less likely to leave residue.
  • Cost: Generally less expensive than a vinyl wrap due to smaller size and less material used.

Coloured vinyl wrap:

  • Size: Can cover entire sections or even the whole vehicle.
  • Material: Made from specifically designed vinyl for vehicle wrapping.
  • Application: Requires more skill to apply due to larger size and need to conform to curves and complex shapes.
  • Removal: More difficult to remove cleanly compared to decals, might leave residue.
  • Cost: More expensive than a decal due to the larger size and higher quality vinyl used.

Can any car get a custom decal?

Yes. There aren’t any limitations on which cars can and can not get a custom decal. However, if your car falls within the following categories, you should seek guidance before applying a custom decal. These categories are:

  • On a leased or rented vehicle, if the agreement allows for custom decals, then you can apply them.
  • If you are not the owner of the vehicle. If you are not the vehicle owner, seek permission from the owner before making an investment into custom decals.
  • Does the vehicle already have a vinyl wrap or ceramic coating applied? There may be instances in which this can affect a custom decal. Be sure to ask before buying a custom decal.
  • Government vehicles should not have any custom decals that have not been authorised in advance.

Do I own a custom decal after buying it?

Yes. Custom decals are made to your specification, you can choose to do what you want with them after you buy it. At the most, the person who helped you create it may have a picture of the design in their portfolio, or for advertising purposes, but they won’t have ownership generally.

Are custom decals worth it?

Are custom decals worth it?

Yes, absolutely, custom decals are worth it, due to their ease of application and removal (depending on the size) the variety of materials that they can be made from and its general lower cost.

Custom decals can also be extremely beneficial for business owners, as they can get custom decals for their business vehicles. This is less of an expense than a full custom vinyl wrap, and would take less time. In addition, the options for the design are essentially unlimited, meaning whatever your business logo is, it will likely be able to be made.

The variety of materials that custom decals can be made from makes them applicable for use beyond placing it on a vehicle. This extends the life of the decal, rather than stopping it from being used as soon as it is removed, of course this is subject to the decal material itself. 

Can decals be illegal?

Generally, decals are completely legal. However, there can be instances in which certain decals, or its area of application, can cause problems. Let us explain:

  • Offensive or derogatory language or statements may cause authorities to ask you to remove the decal.
  • If the decal is placed in an area where it causes obstructions, it can make the decal illegal. Key areas include on number plates over the characters, or over the lights of the vehicle.

Are there any downsides to custom decals?

Custom decals don’t exactly have cons, but they do have certain things you should be aware of before investing in them. They are:

  • Limited size and complexity: Decals are not ideal for covering large areas or complex shapes.
  • Durability: While some decals are weatherproof, they might not last as long as a high-quality vinyl wrap.
  • May not improve resale value: Unlike some tasteful customizations, decals might not add value to your car when reselling.

How do professionals apply custom decals?

How do professionals apply custom decals?

By visiting an established and experienced creator and installer of custom decals such as Car Specialist Customs, you are ensuring the best possible process of creation and application for your custom decal. Here is our general process.

The consultation

The first stage of our process is the consultation. From this, we find out what you want from this process. You don’t have to have an exact image ready at this point, that being said, having reference photos, and a general idea of what you are after can make this process very smooth.

The design

Our design process begins shortly after the consultation. Our talented designers will create ideas for a custom decal based on your design request. This process can vary in length as we work closely with you to ensure the design appeals to you.


The final part of the process is producing the custom decal once you are happy with it. After this point, you can choose to receive your decal or have it applied, which may be a smarter option depending on the size of the custom decal.

Create a custom decal today

Create a custom decal today

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:


Wrapping and PPF:

Interior customisation/ technology:


Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

In this blog, we aimed to have answered the question, ‘Are custom decals worth it?’ Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:


Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln


OL12 7LQ


Monday to Wednesday – 10 AM—7 PM

Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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