Application Instructions for Vinyl Decals and Stickers
Always lay out your decals flat and go over them with a squeegee or credit card after you
remove them from the shipping tube and before you start the application process. This Is to reafflx
the transfer tape to the decal after shipping, should any separation occur. The rolling up of
decals for shipping can sometimes cause separation of the transfer tape from the decal in spots,
making small air pockets…which is normal and easily fixed. A simple lying flat and giving it a
once over with a credit card or other straight edge will make sure your decal’s transfer tape is nice
and evenly stuck before you begin the application process.
Instructions - Wet Method
- Trim decals as needed. Clean your destination surface. The cleaner the better.
- Lay the decal flat, backing side up. Using a sharp angle – peel the vinyl-backing away from
the transfer-tape (that is holding the vinyl image). Be careful that all elements of the decal stay
stuck to the transfer tape, and not the backing.
- Mist the decal and transfer tape (sticky side) and the destination surface. Clean water slides
less but sticks better. You can add a drop or two of dish soap to the water for easier
positioning of larger decals. Too much soap can cause problems with adhesion, so just a drop or two.
- Place the transfer tape holding the decal onto the destination surface as desired. You can
slide it around a little. Be careful of small lines and details.
****When centering, NEVER MEASURE using THE TRANSFER TAPE! Always measure from the
actual decal image, which you can see through the transfer tape.
- Once aligned – Starting from the image-center and moving outward, squeegee out all the water
and air bubbles. Start with light pressure, and slowly build with each pass over the graphic.
- Let the image stay on the surface with the transfer tape on for as long as it takes to dry.
Direct sunlight on hot, dry days will speed this up. On cold, humid and rainy days can take up
to 24 hours or even longer to fully adhere. Rule of thumb, if you are not sure whether or not it’s
dry, and you did a really nice job putting it on, then don’t ‘.be in a rush taking of the transfer tape (and risk messing it all up)…Be patient!
- Once fully dry, begin peeling the transfer tape off using a sharp angle against Itself. This helps to
keep your vinyl decal from pulling off the surface if it’s not fully adhered in all places. If the vinyl
is not sticking, it’s not dry yet, or the surface was not clean. If the image comes off the surface
(still sticking to the application tape), simply lay back down, taking care not to create any air
bubbles, and squeegee as before, and give it more time to dry and fully adhere. Wet method
applied decals should not take more than 48 hours to fully adhere. See the illustration below:
Instructions - Dry Method
- Clean your destination surface. The cleaner the better.
- With your decal as-is (still taped up), lay your decal backing-side down, transfer-tape-side up) and align as you like it. It should be adhesive side down looking like it will look after applied. Once you get it lined up how you like it.
- Place a strip of masking-tape (vertically) down the center of the image to hold in place,
over- lapping the edge onto the destination surface. Make sure the image won’t move.
- Pull one side of the decal (the entire decal – transfer tape, backing and all) back flat against itself, folding over the masking-tape center-line that you just placed to hold it down. Don’t crease it, just “bend” it or “fold” it.
- Using a sharp angle, start in a corner and peel away the decals backing (away from the
transfer tape that is holding the vinyl image) until you get to the masking-tape-center-line you laid to hold it in place. Keeping the vinyl (on the application-tape) pinned back with your finger, cut away the removed backing along the center-placement-tape line. Careful not to scratch your surface or cut your vinyl image. Do not try and tear the paper, this will create fuzz and dust that may create bumps under the decal.
- Using any squeegee like item (a credit card works well), begin to lay your graphic down onto your prepared surface from the masking-take center line outward. DO NOT LAY DOWN ALL AT ONCE! Hold the image at an angle above the destination-surface, and slowly, starting at the center- placement-tape-line, press down the image from the center out using the squeegee. Squeegee from the center-tape-line outward as you lay it down, taking care to no allow air bubbles to form between the vinyl and the surface.
- Once one side is laid down, remove the center-tape-line, then remove the other half of the vinyl backing the same way as before and repeat the process for the other side.
- Squeegee the entire image a few times, from the center outward, each time with greater
pressure, making sure that all of it is good and pressed onto the surface.
- Once you feel it is pressed on as good as can be, begin peeling the transfer tape off using a
sharp angle against itself. If the image comes off the surface (sticking to the transfer tape),
simply lay back down, and squeegee as before, then try again – remember, a sharp angle
works best when separating vinyl from either the backing or the tape. If the decal does not stick, the surface was not fully cleaned, and may have oils or dust See the illustration below for additional help.