H o w - T o A p p l y V i n y l
At first, it can seem a little intimidating, but with a few simple tips, the process can be a lot easier.
Our method differs from most of the vinyl how-to videos online, but we are confident that this method is the BEST! It will allow you to work with half of the design at a time and minimize the chances for errors.
Watch the 1-minute HOW-TO video to see the basic steps or print off
the PDF copy below.
Basic Wall Lettering Application Instructions, Step by Step:
STEP 1: Gather supplies.
STEP 2: Lightly tape in place and use a level to straighten.
STEP 3: Apply strip of tape across center
STEP 4: Lift up one half. Peel away backing paper.
STEP 5: Tear or cut away that half of the backing paper. (*always tear AWAY not TOWARDS you)
STEP 6: Smooth down the exposed half of the design and repeat steps #4-6 for remaining half.
STEP 7: Using a credit card, spatula, or squeegee, apply firm pressure while rubbing over top layer.
STEP 8: Carefully peel back transfer tape layer to reveal vinyl design.
P R I N T A B L E Application Instructions
A FEW EXTRA TIPS:
Occasionally the vinyl may not want to stick to some walls and this is often due to a variation in paint sheen, quality, age, temperature and wall cleanliness. Here are a few tips that may help you with trouble-spots.
AGE: Walls that are freshly painted can interfere with vinyl adhesion. Let the paint cure for a minimum of 3-4 weeks before applying vinyl.
TYPE OF PAINT: New environmentally-friendly or low-odor paints are now on the market! We are now finding that vinyl lettering and graphics DO NOT adhere as well to these kinds of paint. If you wish to decorate with vinyl, avoid using these types of paint if possible (any brand with low-odor, zero VOC, green promise, etc). The vinyl may still be able to stick to these types of paint, but the application is typically a bit more finicky. It is recommended that you choose an alternative paint if you intend to decorate with vinyl. The vinyl adheres best to smooth, egg-shell, semi-gloss, gloss enamel, or latex paints. If possible also avoid matte finish latex paints, paints that contain stain-blockers, or highly textured paint.
TEMPERATURE: The room or wall temperature can sometimes be too cold for the vinyl to initially stick. If you are working with an outer wall that can sometimes be colder to the touch, try warming up the room temperature or use a hair dryer to warm that area of the wall (avoid overheating the vinyl and/or the wall to avoid damage).
CLEANLINESS: Make sure there is no residue on the wall surface such as grease, smoke, dust, or soot (eg: cigarette smoke, cooking grease, dust, excess fingerprints, etc).
Clean the wall and let dry completely. A freshly washed wall may feel dry to the touch, but moisture can still be there for some time. Be sure to allow enough drying time (dirty wall areas may include kitchen walls, bathrooms, hallways, kids rooms, etc).
During application, as you remove the transfer tape, firmly press the letters onto the wall with your fingers to encourage it to stick and separate from the tape. Once you get the vinyl separated from the top tape layer, you can use a hairdryer to warm up the vinyl design to help it adhere to the wall securely. You can also use the hairdryer if you notice any pieces starting to peel or bubble. As you apply warm heat, rub over the vinyl pieces with your finger to help them adhere.
If you still experience any troubles, please let us know and we can help you resolve the issue.