Bumper Stickers Ride Long After Election

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

November 13, 2005

The election was almost a week ago, but we're still seeing support for the candidates drive by. Political bumper stickers are everywhere.

"Governor Allen says bumper stickers are worth $500 a piece in advertisingt," said George Bailey.

Bailey worked for Allen and shows his support for other republicans on his truck --but says these accessories won't be on forever.

"I'll keep it on for a month and then I'll get some off that stuff that takes the glue off," said Bailey.

But not everyone wants to display political messages.

"I think that's a personal issue and that it causes controversy," said Jennifer Ringwald who has stickers of her college on her car.

Ringwald like so many others displays her allegiances to schools instead. "Because I'm really proud of the schools I've attended. They've really helped me to grow professionally," she explained.

No matter how timeless the message, the sticker gets old and taking them off isn't always easy.

"The best thing to do is to use one of the sticker removal products. You don't want to scrape them off because you'll scratch your paint or scratch your chrome. They range in the $4 to $5 range, and what they do is actually soften the sticker and make it very easy for you to remove," said Scott Easton, Manager at Advance Auto Parts.

The longer they sit the harder they get. Another tip is to use a hairdryer.

"Heat works, but you have to buy a heat gun and you have to be near an electrical source," said Easton.

NO matter if you just put them up or have had them for awhile, Some bumper stickers are timely, while others a little outdated. Some support a cause, while others achievements--but all mean something to the person that put them there.

Another trend is car magnets--which are much easier to take on and off.

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