Wondering how to apply a vinyl decal? It is easy. It can be applied by following a few simple steps. To help ensure your success, we include a practice vinyl decal with every purchase.
Step One – Surface preparation
Clean the destination surface and dry it thoroughly. If you are using artist's canvas, paint it first to ensure a secure application.
Step Two – Vinyl decal preparation
The product is made of three layers: the clear transfer tape, the vinyl decal, and the white grid backing paper. The vinyl decal may have pulled away from the transfer tape during shipping. Place the product (clear side up) on a smooth flat surface such as a table. Take a credit card and use the edge to rub firmly across the entire image. Start from the center and work out to the edges. This action will adhere the vinyl decal to the transfer tape. Try to work out any bubbles you see by pressing them towards the edge. Next, remove or cut the small masking tape sections along the edges.
Step Three – Position the vinyl decal
Place the product on the destination surface. Level and center it. Pay special attention to level and center the vinyl decal itself and not the backing paper/transfer tape. (If your decal has multiple parts and you wish to space them differently, you can cut them apart and position them separately.)
Step Four – Remove the backing paper
Tape one side (edge) of the backing paper/transfer tape to the destination surface. Lift the opposite side up using the tape as a hinge. At a tight angle, slowly peel away the backing paper underneath without touching the sticky vinyl. The vinyl decal should stay adhered to the clear transfer tape. If it starts to separate, help it stay together. After the backing paper is removed, slowly roll the sticky vinyl and transfer tape onto the destination surface starting from the tape hinge-side. Go very slow and work out any air bubbles with a credit card or your fingers as you go.
Step Five – Secure the vinyl decal to the surface
After the image is on the surface, use your credit card and lightly rub the transfer tape from the center of your image to the edges to help remove any leftover air bubbles. Once again, rub the entire image applying pressure to adhere the vinyl to the surface.
Step Six – Finish!
Gently peel away the transfer tape starting from one corner pulling down at a tight angle across the vinyl decal. Be patient and go slow. Once the transfer tape is removed you are done. Enjoy!
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If you fail to get out an unsightly air bubble you can often work it out with your fingers or credit card even after you are done. If you still are unable to remove an air bubble you can prick it with a needle and push the air out. Needle pricks are generally not visible unless you are very close to the decal. If you ruin your vinyl decal and need a new one, re-cuts (for custom work) are relatively inexpensive. Simply purchase an "additional copy" found on the product's page.