(wall expressions,vehicle decals & glass surfaces)
Listed below are some helpful directions on how to install your decals, depending on what surface you will be putting it on. I hope this helps you all out! You can always call me if you have any further questions.
PAINTED & TEXTURED SURFACES:
For the BEST results we HIGHLY recommend using a Low Gloss, Satin Finish, Egg Shell, or Matt Paint to your walls prior to applying your decal.Freshly painted walls, wood & metals should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to applying your vinyl graphics or lettering.Textured walls are fine as long as they are NOT High or Medium Textured.We will be happy to provide you with a FREE SAMPLE prior to purchase for you to try.
How do I apply the vinyl?
Every order includes easy to follow application instructions.
Your vinyl arrives as a pr-spaced sheet of letters made up of three layers:
- the top layer (or transfer tape)
- the middle layer (the actual letters/decal)
- the bottom layer (white backing paper)
Before applying your vinyl, we recommend allowing the lettering/decal to first come to room temperature.
If your order has been shipped, gently press the vinyl sheet flat before proceeding with the instructions below.
STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS
Common Application Issues:
Applying vinyl to a moderately textured surface:
If the surface is lightly to moderately textured, try using a blow-dryer on the low heat setting to warm up the surface before applying vinyl. Always use caution when applying heat, and run dryer on the lowest setting.
Vinyl is curled from shipping:
This is common. Allow vinyl to “relax” on a flat surface. Place heavy objects (example: books) on top to speed up the process.
Vinyl is sticking to the original backing and not the
Lay vinyl on a flat surface with original backing side down. Using a credit/debit card or similar tool, rub over the transfer tape to “reactivate” the adhesive.
Are cars the only things I can apply vinyl to?
No. You can apply our vinyl decals and lettering to most smooth surfaces including walls, wood, glass, metal, tiles and mirrors.
Vinyl may not adhere to heavily-textured surfaces, but can adhere to lightly textured walls. Installation on certain surfaces such as brick, stucco, concrete block, suede paints, and sand paints is not recommended.
How do I remove vinyl?
Slowly peel away the vinyl, starting at the corners. A razor blade can help remove pieces stuck on glass.
Once I remove the vinyl, can it be used again?
No. Once a vinyl decal has been removed, it cannot be used again.
Once the backing paper has been peeled off, DO NOT let the transfer tape touch anything but the final surface. Vinyl lettering can be used on almost any smooth surface: walls, wood, metal, cars, mirrors, doors, windows, shelves, baskets, lockers, books, refrigerators, etc. Vinyl Lettering can be arranged anyway you would like. The possibilities are endless.
For textured walls once decal is applied,roll over decal with a tennis ball to get into all the crevices.
To remove vinyl lettering, warm up the vinyl using a hair dryer on a low setting. Peel back the warmed vinyl with tweezers, or fingernails, being careful not to rip or peel too quickly. Lettering cannot be used again. If any glue residue is left on the glass surface simply use either rubbing alcohol or lacquer thinner to wipe away the residue easily.
Cleaning The Surface
Depending on the surface you will be installing your vinyl, there are a few methods of cleaning we will address. This is one of the most important aspects when it comes to applying your vinyl , so make sure the area is as clean as possible.
Installing Vinyl on Glass and Plastic
For glass and plastics one should thoroughly clean the surface using a residue free rag or cloth with a glass cleaner such as Windex or comparable brand. If areas contain glues or adhesive on the surface, use a razor blade to ensure the area is as clean as possible. Once the glass or plastic surface is cleaned, remove the protective liner from the vinyl and let it sit for a few hours prior to applying your vinyl lettering or graphic. This will ensure air bubbles are less of a factor when applying your vinyl sign to the surface.
Painted Walls & Textured Walls
For the BEST results we HIGHLY recommend using a Low Gloss, Satin Finish, Egg Shell, or Matt Paint to your walls prior to applying your decal.Freshly painted walls, wood & metals should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to applying your vinyl graphics or lettering.
Textured walls are fine as long as they are NOT High Textured. We will be happy to provide you with a FREE SAMPLE prior to purchase for you to try!
Surfaces such as metals should be cleaned with a solvent prior to applying your vinyl letters or graphics. Dry the surface with a lint free cloth before the solvent evaporates.
Surfaces such as walls may be cleaned with any household cleaner prior to applying lettering. Wipe area clean and dry with a lint free cloth before applying graphics. Freshly painted walls should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics.
Temperature Variables (For Vehicle Decals)
The temperature of the surface should be between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. High humidity (above 90 percent) may effect the application process.