The following tools are recommended when applying vinyl decals.
- Masking Tape
- Tape Measure
- Application Spray
- X-Acto Knife
Step By Step Instructions
1. Clean the surface
Use a dry cloth to clean the surface.
2. Secure with tape
Tape the vinyl graphics in place and measure from multiple vantage points to ensure that it is positioned symmetrically
3. Tape in place
Once you are satisfied with the position, apply another piece of tape accross the top of the vinyl graphic
4. Remove backing paper
With the tape functioning as a hinge flip the vinyl graphic around and carefully remove the backing paper from the transfer tape.
5. Apply the graphic.
With the graphic in place, apply pressure with a supplied squgie (or credit card). Working from the center to the edge, evenly force the air from beneath the image.
6.Remove transfer tape
Remove the tape from the top of the graphics. Now carefully peel away the transfer tape.
To ensure a proper application surface temperatures should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash and rinse the area thoroughly with liquid dish detergent and warm water, use a lint-free towel or cloth to dry. Once dry wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol.
There are two different ways to apply vinyl decals; wet or dry. We recommend the 'wet' method for people who are inexperienced, being that the 'dry' method does not allow for any mistakes. Once the vinyl the touches the surface there is no adjusting it without damaging the vinyl. The 'wet' method allows the opportunity to adjust or remove the decal completely.
A. Wet Method:
Spray the surface thoroughly with application spray then lay the vinyl on a flat surface and spray the adhesive side as you remove the backing. Once both are sprayed, apply the vinyl to the surface. Once in the desired location use your squeegee to push out any air bubbles or fluid from under the vinyl. Always start from the middle of the decal and push out. Allow the vinyl to set for at least 30 minutes.
B. Dry Method:
Keep the backing on the decal and place in desired position on surface. Secure with masking tape along the top of the decal. Flip the decal up and carefully remove the backing at a 180 degree angle. Use your squeegee to push out any air bubbles from under the vinyl in a smooth downward motion.
Vinyl Removal Instructions
In most instances, it is possible to remove vinyl lettering with no residual damage to the applied surface. While this is typically the case, different substrate materials can react in different ways, so if you're unsure of the resulting reaction, it's important to test an inconspicuous area of your surface before applying the following techniques to the entire area. Keep in mind if the decal has been in place for a significant amount of time there is a possibility the paint around the decal will appear faded upon removal. This occurs in cases where the decal has been exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
1. Heat the surface of the decal with a heat gun. Once heated take a plastic removal squeegee and scrape the vinyl from the surface.
2. Once you have peeled all of the vinyl off, you will need to clean the adhesive off the surface with a product designed to remove adhesive without damaging the paint.
3. Clean the surface with soap and water then check to make sure there are no remaining pieces of vinyl or adhesive stuck to it