HOW TO APPLY WALL DECALS
Vinyl decals can be applied to any surfaces that are smooth, dry, and free of dust and dirt. Make sure that surface is suitable for applying decal.
Decal consists of 3 layers: back paper layer (with logo of vinyl manufacturer), decal layer and transfer tape layer.
Do not apply wall decals to freshly painted walls! Wait a minimum of 2 weeks after painting. Don’t forget that vinyl wall decals are removable although not reusable so be careful when selecting the place where you want your decal to be.
You will need scissors, tape, pencil, measuring tape, credit card or book with hard cover; you might need a needle, rag and water cup. For large decals, you will need an assistant:)
Roll out decal and lay it on the hard surface. You will see that your decal consist of plotted vinyl stickers placed on white back paper layer and overlaid with transfer tape layer (which helps you to transfer the sticker to the surface easily). Before, we start please slowly rub on all the decal with credit fingers or book this will stick all parts of the sticker to the transfer tape better. If you notice that you have some air bubbles between your decal layer and transfer tape layer remove them by rubbing on slowly the decal with your credit card, book or fingers (do it also on a hard flat surface such as table). If there are some left – no problem, the air bubbles between layer tape and decal is not an issue at all as ones you lift off transfer tape they leaves no trace on the decal.
There are 2 types of decals and 2 methods of applying them to surfaces - one for SMALL DECALS second is for LARGE WALL DECALS. Before applying please ready both methods and F.A.Q.
irst type of decal is READY-to-INSTALL decal which will need minimum effort because 1) all elements of the decal design are already placed exactly where they need to be, or 2) it is a single element ready to be applied. For this type of decal, I suggest you, to use FIRST INSTALLATION METHOD.
Second type – PUZZLE decal, is generally large decal that consists of many stickers. Some of them already cut and ready to be applied to the surface but for some of them should be completed. For example, you have one sheet full of many small stickers (let’s say white flowers), what you need to do is to take scissors and separate all stickers (make sure you are cutting all 3 layers at ones). After all stickers are separated you can complete installation by FIRST INSTALLATION METHOD. For the large stickers (as example trees; also read F.A.Q) you need to proceed with SECOND INSTALLATION METHOD. Check also if there any sub-decal that is a part of the main decal and goes on top of it (like eye-balls of the owl, etc.), for those you firstly need to apply main decal and then carefully place sub-decal over the main decal.
FIRST INSTALLATION METHOD
If the decal you are going to apply is small (approximately 10-15” or 40-60 cm, see pic.1) you can continue with this method. This method is more comfortable although if you decal is larger than 10”/ 20 cm you will need a help as transfer tape layer with decal may stick to incorrect place. So invite your family members, friends or neighbors to assist you!
Rub on the decal (see pic.2) and start lifting transfer tape layer from a corner (it is preferable to start from side where the decal is wider). Notice that picture 3 is showing wrong side of starting point (because the bird’s legs are the thinnest part), although you still can start at any side.
Check if the sticker sticks to the transfer tape (see pic.4), if not slowly place transfer tape back and rub it on again with your credit card/ book/fingers. Now, lift again the transfer tape with decal and peel it off the back paper layer completely (if you peeled off half of the transfer tape with decal and realize that small decal left on back paper – no worry, you can stick this detail later (see pic.5 and F.A.Q.). The adhesive side of both the transfer tape layer AND your decal will be exposed.
Now, place your decal on the wall with the transfer tape layer (see pic.6), (sticky side on the surface) and make sure it’s where you want it as vinyl decals aren’t reusable. Take a credit card/book or some other type of thin, hard plastic, and gently smooth the surface starting from the middle and moving outward in all directions. This will allow the adhesive to stick better, as well as remove any air bubbles in your decal.
Now, starting from any corner (preferably top left corner, see pic.8), slowly peel away the transfer tape. If you notice some air bubbles between the decal and wall, gently smooth out with your finger the decal again. That is ALL! ?
If you notice that some air bubbles left you can use needle. Lift the decal with help of the needle (see Second Method, picture 11) from corner and then with fingers or credit card/book rub on the decal moving outward to the edge.
SECOND INSTALLATION METHOD
This installation method is suitable for larger decals. This method requires getting someone to help you while applying the decal.
Place the decal on the hard, smooth place and rub it on with credit card/book/finger (see First Method, picture 2).
Lay decal over the surface and use tape to stick it to the surface (for tree decals try to stick only branches’ edges). Make sure you align the decal correctly horizontally and vertically. Slowly start to peel off back paper layer from the transfer layer (for tree decal start to lift transfer tape layer from bottom – stem of tree, moving to the branch edges). Make sure the decal is sticking to the transfer layer. Remove the back paper layer slowly and carefully. Now, when you released few inches/ centimeters (the adhesive side of both the transfer tape layer AND your decal will be exposed), ask someone to hold the back paper layer (see pic. 7), and then stick the transfer layer with decal to the surface (sticky side on the surface). Take a credit card/book or some other type of thin, hard plastic (see First Method, picture 2)., and gently smooth the surface starting from the middle and moving outward in all directions. This will allow the adhesive to stick better, fix your staring point, as well as remove any air bubbles in your decal.
At this point, continue to peel off back paper layer (ask your assistant to do so) and at the same time rub on released part of the decal. For main tree decals (not the separate branches of the tree): when you stick tree stem completely, I suggest you to continue peeling the back paper layer from branches’ left or right side and sticking the branch from thicker part (of the bottom to the edges). You might need a scissors to make a cut between the branches (see pic. – this will make application much easy.
Ones all the decal is attached to the surface. Rub on the decal, ones again, with a credit card/book or some other type of thin, hard plastic, and gently smooth the surface starting from the middle and moving outward in all directions. This will allow the adhesive to stick better, as well as remove any air bubbles in your decal. Now, starting from any corner (preferably top left corner, see pic. 9), slowly peel away the transfer tape (see pic.10). If you notice some air bubbles between the decal and wall, gently smooth out with your finger the decal again. That is ALL! ?
If you notice that some air bubbles left you can use needle (see pic.11). Lift the decal with help of the needle from corner and then with fingers or credit card/book rub on the decal moving outward to the edge.
It seems that I’ve 2 transfer tape layer over my decal, why is this so and what should I do?
This can be for 2 reasons: 1) transfer tape layer have standard width so when I apply transfer tape over the decal that is wider than the transfer tape I have to overlay the same decal twice. 2) the price that you’ve paid is included certain size of transfer tape layer, however to keep the price lower I use transfer tape from that is left from other orders, and/ or sometimes I do make extra decals as a gift so they are exceeding the transfer tape layer set for same order.
What I should do if any detail of decal remains on the back paper layer?
Please check First Method, pics. 5, 10 and 11.
If you lifted transfer tape and realize that small detail of decal remains on the back paper layer you have to ways:
1) Ones you apply main decal, just take a needle and lift the decal from a corner. Apply the adhesive side (looks glossy) to the main decal. Rub it on with finger.
2) Cut small piece of the transfer tape layer, you just had peeled off the main decal, and place it over the detail. Rub it on with finger and then peel of the transfer tape layer and stick it to the main decal. Rub on ones more and peel the transfer type again.
The main decal consists of different pieces, how and at what order I should apply them?
Generally, the main decal comes in different pieces for easy installation. For example, main decal is tree stem with some branches and also you may have several secondary decals of branches that belong to the main decal. In any case, you have to start with installation of main decal and then proceed with the secondary decals.
On the back of the main decal as well as on the (check the back paper layer where logo of the manufacturer company is) you will see number that will indicates the order in what secondary decals should be applied and the place where they should be joined to the main decal.
Note that when you apply secondary decals to the main decal start to stick the decal from the side where it should be connected to the main decal. Please be careful and measure twice before you join both. If you join wrongly just slowly peel the secondary decal from the main decal/surface and try again. After you matched the pieces, rub on the decal ones again.
I received the decal, however the sides of the decal got wrinkled (squeezed). Why is this so and what should I do?
Rarely, but such this happens. You should be aware that the decal goes through 2 customs. Sometimes customs staff take out the decal and when they put it back in tube some parts get wrinkled, squeezed. Damaged parts, as far as they are not cut, are O.K. Ones you apply to the surface with rubbing them – wrinkles will go away. For heavy squeezed parts – what you can do is you need to put the decal under something heave for few hours.
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