How To

Decal Installation

We know your excited to install your new decal, but before getting started note that proper decal installation starts with making sure the surface you are going to apply the decal to is clean. If the surface isn’t clean, the decal won’t stick well. It’s also important to make sure your decal is only applied to a surface with temperatures between 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and should be allowed to cure for at least 24 hours before getting wet.

Step 1: Clean the surface where you will be applying the decal with rubbing alcohol, and a clean lint-free cloth, and allow it to dry. Do not use ammonia-based window cleaner. Ammonia can harm the decal’s adhesive, making it difficult for the decal to stick properly and reducing its longevity.

Step 2: Beginning in a corner, peel the backing paper off of the transfer tape, making sure not to leave any of the graphics or letters on the backing paper. Take your time with this step.  If the graphic is not pulling away from the backing paper, rub over the transfer tape firmly with a vinyl decal applicator or an old credit card a few times from the center point to the edges in all directions, both front and back.

Step 3: Place one side of the transfer tape onto the surface and press it down with the vinyl decal applicator or an old credit card.

Step 4: Continue applying the decal in a rolling motion using the vinyl decal applicator or an old credit card and press it down firmly as you go.

Step 5: Once the decal is placed, use the vinyl decal applicator or old credit card and rub it firmly from the center point to the edges in all directions to remove any air bubbles.

The final step is to remove the transfer tape. Beginning in a corner, slowly and carefully peel away the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle.

 

Decal Installation Tips

Wet method: You can use an application fluid during installation, this will provide a temporary lubricant that will allow you to move the vinyl decal around until you get it exactly where you want it.

The ingredients needed for 8 oz of DIY application fluid:

7.5 oz of distilled water
.5 oz of denatured alcohol
1/16 Tsp Dawn dish soap

Not lifting? If your decal is not lifting from the backing paper easily take your decal and lay it face down on a hard flat, smooth surface and use a vinyl decal applicator or an old credit card to rub over the backing paper. Start from the center out pressing firmly in all directions. This will help activate the glue on the decal and you should now be able to peel it away from the backing paper with no issues.

Trouble sticking? One of the most important steps to follow before installing your new deal is to make sure the area you are applying it to is clean. Any residue from car wash soap, wax, oil, gas, etc, will prevent your decal from sticking. We recommend cleaning the area you will be applying your decal to with rubbing alcohol or clean soapy water. Make sure if using soapy water the area is rinsed well. Then use a clean lint-free cloth to dry the area.

Got bubbles? In some cases you may get small bubbles under the decal, they will usually dissipate in a couple of days. If you have large bubbles in the decal, you may need to use a thin needle to puncture the decal so the air underneath can escape, then use a vinyl decal applicator or an old credit card and rub over the decal gently to press it down.

 

Decal Care

Never attempt to clean your decal with high water pressure, harsh cleaning chemicals, or harsh soaps, doing so will lead to decal damage. It’s best to just use a mild soap with clean water.
 
Step 1: Gently rinse off the decal with clean water to remove any dirt, debris, and dust that may have built up on the decal. It’s very important you don’t use high pressure, doing so can damage the decal.
 
Step 2: Add some mild soap to clean water and gently wash the decal with a soft sponge.
 
The final step is to rinse the decal off with clean water and dry it with a clean lint-free cloth being careful not to lift any edges.
 

 

Decal Removal

If you take the right steps, you can easily remove the decal without causing damage to the area the decal was applied to. If the decal does not want to come off easily, we recommend stopping and having it professionally removed.
 
Step 1: Gently rinse off the area where the decal was installed with clean water to remove any dirt, debris, and dust that may have built up on the decal.
 
Step 2: Heat up the decal with a hair blow dryer to weaken and loosen the adhesive. We don’t recommend using a heat gun, as it can damage the surface. Once you have heated up the decal you should now be able to peel it off.
 
If any residue or glue is left behind, you can use a product like Goo Gone to remove the leftover residue or glue, but make sure to follow the instructions on the product label.
 
The final step is to wash the area with clean soapy water, rinse and dry it with a clean lint-free cloth.