Read in its Entirety Before Starting your Project
It is recommended to
have freshly washed hands and no lotion on them for best application!
Each decal consists of
The top layer (Transfer Tape)
The middle layer (Vinyl
The bottom layer (Wax Paper
The Transfer Tape top
layer allows you to grab the Vinyl Media and apply it to your Wall, Car,
Boat or wherever it might be. Once you squeegee it down into place, you can
then remove the transfer tape leaving you with a perfect decal.
Decals over 2
feet in size will require two people for easiest installation.
Make sure your
choice of placement is free of debris (dust, dirt, etc.) by cleaning and
waiting for the surface to completely dry!
If applying to a
vehicle, you must not apply to a freshly waxed surface as it may not adhere
properly. You can wax afterwards without any problems.
If applying to a
freshly painted surface - it is strongly recommended you wait 30 days before
applying decal to ensure full curing process.
tape the application surface at the top edges and top center to ensure you apply the
decal in the exact place you want it.
NOTE: For decals that are shipped in
a tube - Unroll your
decal and flatten for at least 30 minutes prior to application.
If for some crazy reason the
decal should arrive bent you are still in luck. The decal itself isn't what
is bent it is the paper below the vinyl that is. The vinyl is very flexible
so it will apply and you won't even notice anything. Just be sure you follow
Take the decal
and lay it on a flat surface and squeegee it (pressing at an angle
so not to tear decal) so the top layer adheres again to the decal itself.
Pull the transfer
tape back slowly at a 45 degree angle - as close as possible
to the image – do not pull up or away!
Some of the cracks on the design may require you to use your
fingernail to release it. Once the decal is off the wax paper (don’t throw
the wax paper out until the decal is completely installed) it can be applied
to your chosen surface.
Decals can last in any climate -- but they must be applied at about 70 degrees. They can
be applied any time really, but this is what is recommended.
The best way
to apply a decal is
dependant upon the surface application:
surface (no texture
or non-porous) - it is recommended to use the squeegee.
Textured or Porous surface
– it is highly recommended to use a thick dry towel instead of a squeegee to
apply. This will prevent the wall surface from cutting through the decal.
It is also recommended to utilize the Wax Paper Backing (that you
already removed) – smooth side facing the decal when rubbing the towel in
circular motion to adhere to wall. Press firmly but don’t put any elbow
grease into it. Use your finger to press decal into crevices.
If applying to a porous
surface, such as brick or cinder block - the brick must be painted (it can be a clear
coat) and not applied on natural brick itself.
Make sure wipers are in
relatively good condition. If the wiper is worn or brittle, or metal from
the wiper blade hits the graphic, or window is extremely dirty, or salt
grains, even with laminate, it can cause damage.
Don't worry if you see air
bubbles, just poke a couple of times with a needle and smooth out.
If applying to a surface
that opens/folds--i.e., door or hot tub cover, you will need to cut the
decal where it folds or opens.
If you don't want some of
the cracks in the design or need to eliminate some to accommodate the size
of your surface, simply cut that area off with sharp scissors or exacto
knife, do not pull or tear off with your hands.
The decals are
permanent decals but don't let that scare you as they come off really easy -
you just need to know what to do. The best way is to use a hair dryer or
heat gun and the decal turns to butter and comes right off. If you are
removing the decal from glass, the method that is preferred and WON’T
SCRATCH YOUR GLASS is to use a razor blade, and scrape with the flat
edge of the blade (don't cut into the glass with the sharp side). Using
both methods together is the easiest way to remove decals from glass. If
removing from a painted drywall surface, some of the paint "may" pull off.
Removing from a tinted vehicle window will not cause any damage to the tint
if instructions are followed.