Applying your vinyl graphics is simple if you follow some basic guidelines:
– Patience, good preparation, a steady hand, and good weather will produce the best results.
– The VINYL DECAL comes in one piece and is sandwiched between a clear layer of protective tape and a layer of waxy backing paper.
– Both the backing paper and the clear protective tape are removed during the installation process.
– The adhesive side of the decal is sticking to the backing paper and peels off easily.
– HOWEVER, the adhesive on the vinyl decal is EXTREMELY sticky, so be very careful when you peel it off.
– If you ordered your decals to be arranged in a group, they will come as one large display and will be mounted all at once.
– WARNING: The vinyl will stretch if you are too rough with it and that’s NOT a good thing.
Installation Site Conditions:
– Apply decals to hard, smooth, non-porous surfaces (glass, metal, etc.) or properly prepared wood surfaces (sanded, painted/clear-coated and completely dried).
– Always install the graphics when the temperature is above 50 degrees F.
– Don’t try to install in windy conditions.
– Make sure the surface where you are going to install your decals is absolutely clean and spotless.
1. Allow large decals to flatten out on a table in a warm room before installation. If air bubbles have formed between the clear transfer tape and decal surface during shipping, you can remove them by gently pushing them toward the outer edges with a credit card.
2. Have a plastic putty knife or credit card on hand for step 6.
3. Spray the installation surface LIGHTLY with a mist of water from a spray bottle.
NOTE: For Decals over 16 inches: Add 3 drops of dish soap to the water before spraying. Use soapy water LIGHTLY – if you drown the surface or the sticky vinyl adhesive too much – it won’t stick. The soapy water is the fail safe method for positioning larger decals perfectly and for being able to remove bubbles.
4. Starting at any one side (top, bottom, left, right), place edge of decal where you want it.
5. Slowly lay rest of decal down on installation surface. If needed, gently move decal to exact position where you want it.
6. Using “squeegee”, gently smooth out any air or water bubbles on decal, working from the center to outside edges. Do this to avoid trapping air or water bubbles. Allow 1 hour to dry.
7. Finish by peeling the clear protective tape very slowly back on itself. Don’t just pull straight away from the surface. The slow motion will allow the vinyl to stay on the surface while removing the tape. You don’t want to pull the vinyl off the surface. Pop any bubbles with a pin and press out the air or water. Any water bubbles will evaporate.
PRO TIP: If vinyl decal moves, smooth it back down, you may need to “squeegee” additonal soapy water out from under decal OR you may need to just give it a few more minutes then try again. When you are able to remove the clear tape easily with no movement of the vinyl decal you are finished with the installation.
COMPLEX, MULTI PIECE DECALS AND LETTERING
1. Mix weak soapy water in a spray bottle or mister (3 or 4 drops of dish washing liquid/quart).
2. Get a piece of hard plastic or “squeegee”, or a plastic putty knife or credit card.
3. 1/2″ masking tape.
4. Exacto knife or a single edge razor blade
5. A tape measure
Clean the surfaces that you are going to install your decals on.
Patience, good preparation, a steady hand, and good weather will produce the best results. To get the vinyl straight, start with a piece of tape on one corner, with the backing still on the graphics (try not to get ahead of yourself). Place it where you think it should go. Go ahead! You can always move it if you don’t like the position.
Many times it’s easier to smooth out the decal if you mist the adhesive backing with a little soapy water. Wetting it also prevents it from sticking immediately Usually a wet application is good, but don’t get it too soapy or it won’t stick at all, you will have to rinse some of that soap off with fresh water. Generally, use the wet application, as it’s easier to squeegee out water bubbles than it is to squeeze out air bubbles. When all the water evaporates out from under the name in a few days, the vinyl will adhere as if you did it dry to start.
Now you can lift one of the sections up and squeegee from the centerline toward the edges. Always work from the center toward the edges! Do this to avoid trapping air or water bubbles.
Finish off the other sections in the same way (from the center to the edges, then from the middle to the top and bottom). If you started with a good alignment the decals will be placed correctly.
Squeegee a little more for good measure. Finish by peeling the clear protective tape by pulling the paper very slowly back on itself. Don’t just pull straight away from the surface. The slow motion will allow the vinyl to stay on the surface while removing the paper. You don’t want to pull the vinyl off the surface. Pop any bubbles with a pin and press out the air or water. Any water bubbles will evaporate.