Can anybody give me any tips on how to make stickers last longer and not chip and peel away?. I just applied my new Cubesmith stickers to my V5 and I can already see that the edges of some stickers are peeling away.
It is easy: DO NOT PLAY WITH YOUR PUZZLE! It is 100% sure that the stickers will last much longer!
For speedcubers the stickers are worst part of the puzzle. I have costumers who bought stickers for his "speedcubing" puzzles in every half year (or more often). But of course for a fanatic speedcuber, a puzzle is good for maximum 2 years (many times less)
You need to choose your sticker material carefully. there are thicker and thinner stickers. The thick stickers are a bit rigid, and the thin stickers are much easier to peal of.
There are stickers with harder glue, and soft glue. For example, I use Avery stickers. It has many products, in many thickness. Each of them has different glue. In my shop I sell Avery 500 stickers, witch has 2 years outdoor guarantee. But of course it is for normal use (as a window or wall sticker, and as a speedcube sticker)
The stickers lasting time is always the matter of how many times do use your puzzle each day. There is no secret tips for making it long lasting.
I hope I could help!