Your decal comes ready to install – sandwiched between transfer tape and backing paper:
- The top layer is transfer tape used to help align and adhere your decal. It will be either paper that looks like thin masking tape or it will be a clear plastic. This layer will be removed in the final step of the installation.
- The second layer is the actual decal.
- The bottom layer is the backing paper. It has a smooth silicone coated surface and will be removed during the installation.
Temperature should be above 55 degrees for installation. Do you not apply during high winds.
Gather the following materials for installation:
- You will need something to smooth out the decal. Ideally you should use a squeegee created for this use but you can also use a credit card, spatula or even your hands with smaller decals.
- Masking tape
- Scissors or razor knife
- Ruler, yardstick or level to help you accurately position the decal
- Paper towels
- Glass cleaner or soapy water
The first step of any installation is to make sure that the decal is adhering to the transfer tape and separating cleanly from the backing paper. Many of my designs are very detailed and have lots of small pieces so it’s important to do this before you start the installation.
- With the decal laying on a table or other hard surface, rub the top of the transfer tape with a squeegee, credit card etc.. Pay special attention to areas with very small pieces or a lot of detail.
- Lift the sides one at a time, without removing the decal entirely from the backing paper and check to see that the decal is lifting off of the backing paper onto the transfer paper.
- If there is a section of decal that is still stuck to the backing paper, lay the transfer paper back down and re-apply pressure to the area that is not releasing.
- Repeat this until you are comfortable that the decal and transfer paper will cleanly separate from the backing paper.
Failure to properly clean the surface you are adhering decal to will cause the decal adhesion to fail!
Make sure you clean the surface you are applying decal to of all dirt and grease. This is a critical step. Do not bypass! Use mild soapy water or glass cleaner. Completely dry the area. If you use harsh chemicals or bleach to clean the area, the residual can affect the adhesion so make sure you thoroughly rinse. Wash your hands. Body oils on the decal glue can also cause the adhesion
to weaken or fail.
- Place decal (with all layers still together) on the surface you wish to adhere. Use your ruler or level to assist you in centering and leveling.
- Take a strip of masking tape longer than the width of the decal and adhere it across the center. This will be your hinge. Rub the masking tape to make sure it is secure.
Tip: Have your scissors and squeegee within reach before starting the installation.
- Slowly separate one side of the transfer tape and decal from the backing paper. Holding the backing paper down on the surface, slowly start peeling away the transfer tape and decal until you reach the masking tape hinge. If parts of the decal do not separate from the backing paper, lay the decal back on the backing paper, rub area with fingers or squeegee. Repeat if necessary.
- Hold transfer tape and decal so that it does not fold back on itself or touch the surface.
- Using your scissors or knife, cut away the exposed half of backing paper.
- Gently roll the transfer tape and decal onto the desired surface. Take you time! As you slowly roll from the center (masking tape hinge) towards the outer edge, use your squeegee or credit card/spatula to smooth out the decal.
- Remove masking tape hinge.
- Lift remaining side that still has backing paper.
- Gently remove backing paper. Again, hold decal up so that it does not touch the surface or fold up on itself.
- Working from the center towards the outer edge, gently lay a few inches of the decal, squeegee, then lay down a few more inches, squeegee etc.. Do not lay the decal down all at once.
- Rub entire surface with squeegee.
- If you see air bubbles, you can take the point of an razor knife or needle and pop them.. Re-rub area with squeegee.
- Starting from the upper right or upper left corner, slowly begin to peel off the transfer tape.
- Pull transfer tape low to the surface at a 45 degree angle.
- If part of the decal starts to come off with the transfer tape, lay the tape back down and rub area with squeegee.
- You may still find air bubbles in the decal. You can use a razor knife or needle to pop them. In time, the bubbles should dissipate on their own.