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DIY – How to Apply Vinyl Decals

Step-By-Step Application Instructions

Please read over the entire instruction prior to installation. Your vinyl decoration will come in three layers, top layer is the application tape (clear or paper type), the bottom layer is the backing paper and sandwiched in between is the vinyl decal itself.

You will need:

Clean Cloth Masking Tape Scissors Squeegee
Clean Cloth Masking Tape Scissors Squeegee
(or credit card)

*If you decide to remove the vinyl decal, use a hair dryer on HOT setting and heat up the the area before peeling it off, this will weaken the bond of the adhesive. Although it may still peel off part of your wall paint or wall paper.

Clean the surface1. Clean the surface with the dry cloth. It is important to make sure that the surface is free of any dust dirt and moisture. After cleaning, but before starting to apply, WASH YOUR HANDS. This prevents dirt and oils from your hands from getting between film and the surface as you apply it.

 

Skrape over the design2. Lay the decal on a flat surface such as table. Use a squeegee, credit card or plastic spatula and rub firmly across the surface of the graphic to remove any bubbles and to strengthen the bond between the application tape and the graphic.

 

Position the decal3. Ensure that you have the decal in the position you want it on the required surface. Tape the corners of the decal to the wall with masking tape.

 

4. Tape the decal to the wall with a strip of masking tape across the middle, then remove the tape pieces from the corners of one of the side.

 

Pell the application tape and cut the backing paper5.Peel back one side of the application tape from the backing paper, ensuring that the decal sticks to the application tape (make sure that no small parts of vinyl are left on the backing paper). Using scissors, cut away the side of the backing paper that is revealed. 
TIP: Flip the decal with the backing paper facing you and separate the backing paper from the graphic.

 

6. Working from the middle of the design then outward to the edges, use your hand to smooth the side of the application tape so it adheres to the surface. be sure to avoid bubbles and wrinkles.

 

Scrape over the half of the vinyl decal with squeegee7. Use the squeegee (or credit card) to firmly rub across the side of the vinyl graphic. This will remove any air bubbles and help the adhesion of the vinyl decal with the wall surface.
  TIP : Work from the centre of the area to the edges.

 

8. Remove the strip of the masking tape. Pull the remaining backing paper from the back of the decal and smooth the decal down with your hands as you go. Avoid bubbles and wrinkles.

 

9. Use the squeegee tool, to firmly rub across the entire vinyl graphic, in order the vinyl to stick better on to the application surface.

 

 

  TIP : Work from the centre of the area to the edges.

 

Peel the application tape off the vinyl graphic10. Starting with a corner and working diagonally, carefully pull the application tape from the surface ad the vinyl decal, using very sharp angle, ensuring that all parts of the decal adhere to the surface.
  TIP: WAIT 15 minutes before peeling out the application tape.

 

 

11. Use a clean and dry cloth and carefully rub over the decal to remove any air bubbles that might remain. You can use a small pin to poke the bubbles as well.

Common issues

Flip tip

1. Vinyl decal is stuck to the backing paper and can not be lifted with the application tape.

SOLUTION: Lay the decal on a flat surface such as table. Use a squeegee, credit card or plastic spatula and rub firmly across the surface of the graphic to remove any bubbles and to strengthen the bond between the application tape and the graphic. It would be much easier to flip the decal with the backing paper facing you and separate the backing paper from the graphic.

2. The graphic starts peeling off the wall with the application tape when I try to remove it.
NOTE: This usually happens if the surface is not prepared properly, or  it isn’t suitable for application of vinyl decals. As any other stickers, the vinyl decals will stick better to some  smooth surfaces, such as  – glass, ceramic, metal, plastic, etc. Rather than some textured surfaces, such as  embossed wall or wallpaper.
Please note that some types of wall paint may have “dusty” finish, which will prevent the vinyl decals to adhere  properly to the surface. Also if the paint is not applied properly (or not good in quality), the vinyl may peel off some loose part of it.
SOLUTION: Even with the most tricky surfaces it might be still possible to apply the vinyl transfer decal on to it. Leave  the decal for about 15-30 min before peeling out the application tape, it will weaken the bond between the application tape & the decal. Than peel off the application tape using very sharp angle (180 degrees), do this very very slowly while you hold the graphic with the other hand. This will prevent it from peeling off with the app tape. once you successfully removed the application tape, carefully  rub over the decal so it can stick better to the problematic surface. If necessary warm it up with heat gun or hair drier, in order to adhere better to the surface.
CAUTION: If a heat gun is used, please make sure it is set on a suitable  temperature, in order not to damage the vinyl or the surface. Never go too hot, due to it may cause burning or fire.

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