How To Apply A Vinyl Wall Decal

 

Your decal comes sandwiched between transfer tape and the waxy paper backing that the sticky side of the vinyl is stuck to.  The transfer tape actually looks like masking tape, but for this illustration, it is clear so that you can see what is happening to the vinyl more clearly.

DECAL PREP

The most important step during the decal installation is making sure the installation area is clean and dry. Before you begin, wipe down the surface you want to apply the decal to with just water. If you use a cleaner, the decal may not stick to the chemicals that are used in the cleaner. 

 

 

BURNISH AND CUT
To ensure that the decal is properly stuck to the transfer tape covering before installing the decal, take a credit card and press firmly over the whole surface of the face of the decal while it is still laying flat on the table. If your decal came in multiple pieces, cut them out and apply each piece separately.
MASKING TAPE HINGE

Apply a long piece of masking tape along the top of the decal with approx. half of the tape on the decal and half on the vehicle surface. This will make a large hinged ‘flap’.  The hinged flap will make installation much easier. For long thin designs, you can cut the decal in half (up and down between the lettering) once it has been tapped to create two flaps for even easier installation.

 

SMALL DECALS
For smaller decals, you can skip the masking tape hinge step and simply remove the waxy backing and apply your decal to the wall.

LARGE DECALS
For larger designs, you can cut the decal in half (up and down between the lettering) once it has been tapped to create two flaps for even easier installation.
TRANSFER THE DECAL

With the wax paper backing peeled halfway downward, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the surface with the squeegee. Be sure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. Only apply the first half of the decal. Continue smoothing out the decal with long horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed until all of the backings is removed from the decal. For larger decals, remove only half of the waxy backing and smooth it onto the wall before removing the rest of the backing.  Make sure the decal doesn’t fold over onto itself.

 

REMOVE THE TRANSFER TAPE
Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the surface, go over the decal with the squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Then begin peeling the transfer tape covering off of the decal by pulling the tape back 180 degrees. Finish removing the transfer tape covering, peeling from one side to the other. 

 

APPLY REMAINING PIECES
If any piece still needs to be applied, repeat the process till all of the decals is applied to the wall.
BOXES AND ARROWS
If your decal has boxes, line the boxes up on top of each other and remove the boxes after installation. If it has arrows, line them up like this.
AIR BUBBLES
If you get air bubbles in the decal, use a pin or needle to puncture the vinyl to release the air and carefully go over it with the credit card to smooth it out.
April 04, 2018 by designedbeginnings-rshup Admin

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