How To Apply Vinyl Decals
Items you will need:
Level or Ruler
Plastic (not rubber) Squeegee
Application spray containing one drop of dish soap mixed into an 18 oz. spray bottle
Surface temperatures MUST be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit before attempting the installation. As a general rule, if the surface is hot to the touch it’s over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Adhesive becomes brittle when it gets too cold and gummy when it gets too hot. Applications outside the recommended range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit reduce the adhesives’ ability to perform.
You can choose to apply vinyl in one of two ways; dry or wet. Applying vinyl dry does not allow for any mistakes, and recommended for small decals. Once the vinyl touches the surface, there is no removal without damage. We suggest that all customers use the wet process for larger graphics.
Do Not use the wet method on Wall words or reflective vinyl.
Step 1. Clean desired surface with a clean rag to remove contaminants and other debris. Use a measuring tape or ruler to determine the exact position where your new vinyl sticker will be placed and if you’d like, make a light mark with a pencil to use as a guide.
Step 2. Before removing the backing paper, rub firmly with the application squeegee over the top of the transfer tape to reactivate the adhesive and ensure the vinyl will adhere to the transfer tape.
Step 3. Place several 2-3 inch pieces of masking tape along the top edge of the design to attach your vinyl design to the wall. Use the level to make sure your decal is properly oriented (be sure to use the design as a guide, not the edge of the backing or transfer tape).
Step 4. Using the tape along the top as a hinge (imagine opening a door) lift up your vinyl graphic so you can see the back (or grid) of the backing paper and hold it against the wall. Or, if you are applying a long decal, you can peel back the tape on the right side and fold the right side over to reveal the backing paper.
Step 5. Starting on the right side, with the design face down, begin peeling the backing paper off. The adhesive backing of the graphic and the opaque transfer tape will be exposed. Remove approximately half of the backing paper and cut the separated portion (of the backing paper) with scissors.
**Go slowly, and if a portion of your design won’t stick to the transfer tape, rub with the squeegee and try again or use your fingernail to gently release the design from the backing paper. Or you can crease the backing paper slightly which will also help the graphic to release from the backing paper.**
Step 6. Again using the masking tape as a hinge, slowly lower the vinyl graphic back into the position where you can see it from the front, being careful to not let the exposed adhesive touch the wall. Beginning from the middle, and using the left side as an anchor, use the application squeegee to rub the graphic onto the wall.
Step 7. Once the right side is applied, remove the masking tape from the left side. Gently fold the vinyl graphic to the right (do not crease the graphic as you fold it over) and remove the backing paper again with the design face down. Once the backing paper has been completely removed, use the application squeegee to finish applying the graphic, again beginning in the middle and using the right side as an anchor.
Step 8. Once the graphic has been completely applied, rub over the entire design to make sure it adheres firmly.
Step 9. Slowly remove the transfer tape from the top of the graphic making sure the graphic doesn’t peel away as well. If a portion of the graphic does start to come off with the transfer tape, stop. Lay the transfer tape back down in that area, rub firmly with the application squeegee and try again.