Main.TrailIndexPage | Chassis and Body | Stickers, Decals and Engineering Tags

Stickers, Decals and Engineering Tags

This component is part of Chassis and Body.


Define the component. Include, if known, the german language word for the component, as well as the English or American equivalent. Show a picture, a diagram.

  • Its technical name & common name(s)
  • part # - start year & end year
  • which area it belongs to - engine, transmission, body, injection etc, link back to the relevant section


Describe, in general terms the function of this component. Meaning what is it there for and what role it plays. Describe how it works, the inside mechanism. Use diagrams to explain.


Describe common maintenance procedures, and common faults that may occur. Describe how these may be diagnosed and resolved. Again, include diagrams, photographs and explanations. Where possible, include measures, tolerances, weights etc.

  • Symptoms when it faults
  • How to test if it is faulty - what tools to use
  • How to fix / change

How to apply stickers

Common problems with applying stickers are:

  • incorrect location or orientation (hey, it stuck before you were ready)
  • airbubbles or folds and wrinkles

The best way to avoid these problems is to wet the area where the sticker needs to be positioned during the actual application. Professionals use an "application fluid" which has two fuctions. First, it will let you lay the decal on the surface without sticking to it. It lets you sort of "float" the decal into place, as well as let you use a squeegie to pull across it to smooth the bubbles out. It also chemically reacts with the adhesive to form a stronger bond once the fluid evaporates.

That said, the "home" installer can use a mixture of water, with a couple drops of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Not too much soap, because you do not want it to foam up on you. If it does foam, you are likely to end up with tiny bubbles once it is evaporated.

The following step-by-step process gives the best result:

  1. Prespare the water-soap solution in a spray bottle.
  2. While the surface is dry, to place the decal where you want it, with the wax paper, and transfer tape still on it.
  3. Tape a sort of "hinge" out of masking tape on one edge of the decal, when in place, level and located correctly. The decal should be on the surface, wax paper down, transfer tape up.
  4. Flip the decal over, with the hinge still in place holding it where it should be. Peel the wax paper off while leaving the entire decal laid upside down (sticky side up). Some people prefer to only peel back a small portion of the wax paper. If that makes you feel better, that is fine too. Just try to keep the wax paper from getting wet, otherwise it might come apart onto your decal sicky side. Most people just peel the wax paper away completely. Now, you should have your decal, wax paper off, sticky side up, and hinged to the surface to lay back over where it should go. Be sure that you are not getting dust, and other particles falling on the sticky side.
  5. Mist the entire area where the decal is going with your water/soap solution getting it good and wet.
  6. Carefully lift your hinged decal being sure not to let the decal flop over and stick together.
  7. Lay it down onto the surface, hinge side first and smooth it as you lay it on the wet surface.
  8. Once it is in place, use a plastic squeegie, (sometimes a drivers license, or credit card will work fine for this) and squeegie the entire decal to smooth out bubbles. You can hear bubbled popping and cracking during this step. Be sure all bubbles are worked out, working from the center outward.
  9. Leave transfer tape on until the water solution is evaporated.
  10. Once evaporated, slowly peel transfer paper away from decal and a sharp angle over ontop of itself. Try to hit edges of decal at an angle and not straight on. As you pull the tape off, keep an eye on the decal, and smooth as you go being sure none of the decal ends, or small pieces pull up. If they do, smooth them back down as you go.

If you do have bubbles after all this care and attention, take a very sharp x-acto knife, make small slices over the bubbles, and push them down letting the air excape from the small slit. You can pop them with a needle, and push the air out, but, you still may see the small dimple from the pin prick. With a sharp X-Acto knife you can make a precision, strategically placed slit which is less visibly

Trunk Stickers (Labels)

Two stickers were commonly found in W113 cars on the inside of the Trunk (boot) lid.

The White label has a diagram showing where to add oil to the engine and how to read the oil Dip Stick.

The Red label gave suggested Tire Pressure.

The two labels shown here are modern repoductions of original labels.

Detail information: The Red trunk label in an Italian market car was in French, not Italian.

This is an example of the trunk label used in French and Italian market cars.

Old Yahoo content

The following is the content from the old Yahoo documents on the site. It needs to be structured and edited in the correct sections of the entire document. After moving particular content to its correct place in the manual, please delete it here.

< ChassisBody.Paint | Main.TrailIndexPage | Fasteners and clamps >