How To Install Your Die-Cut Decal or Sticker

Before Getting Started

  • Prior to application, ensure that the surface is clean and dust-free by wiping with a clean cloth.
  • If you are applying to a recently painted wall, it is best to wait 6 weeks for the paint to fully dry/cure. This will ensure a proper bond to your decal.
  • The application temperature range for most vinyl films is usually between 50⁰ and 90⁰F (10⁰ to 32⁰ C).

  • Position your decal on the surface where you wish to apply it, centering it and securing the design with masking tape. This will act as a hinge. You will be able to see the design through the semi-transparent transfer tape.  Double check to make sure that the design is straight and not crooked.
  • Flip the sheet upward and slowly peel the backing paper away from the decal and transfer tape. Peel back the backing paper parallel to the surface. Do not peel outward. If the decal is sticking to the backing paper, simply roll back the backing paper, press down, and peel it away again. Remember to peel the backing paper parallel to the surface. This must be done slowly. This is very important.
  • Now that the backing paper is removed, simply lift the transfer tape and decal and lay it back into position. Hold the bottom of the sheet away from the wall, and smooth out the transfer tape from top to bottom and middle out. With a squeegee or bank card edge, go back and smooth out any bubbles or creases over the entire design, working from the middle outwards.
  • After waiting 10 minutes, it is now time to start peeling the transfer tape off. Start at a top corner and peel back parallel to the surface. Do not peel outward.  If the decal is sticking to the backing transfer tape, simply roll back the transfer tape, press down, and peel it away again.  Once the transfer tape is removed, you can firmly press down on the decal to ensure that it is well adhered to the surface.

  • Peel the sticker from the backing paper.
  • Apply one edge of the sticker to the surface and slowly smoothing it outwards from one edge to the other to remove any air bubbles.
  • Position your decal on the surface where you wish to apply it, centering it and securing the design with masking tape. This will act as a hinge.  Double check to make sure that the design is straight and not crooked.
  • Flip the sheet upward and slowly peel the backing paper away from the sticker.
  • Slowly lower the sticker by rubbing it in place with a felt squeegee or a credit card wrapped in a sock. Start at the middle and then work your way out to the edges.

Clear decals use a wet installation method, so you will need to begin by creating an application solution (approximately 3 drops of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of warm water) which you will eventually apply to the desired surface and the adhesive side of the decal.


Clean the desired surface with soap and water, removing all dust and dirt particles. If dust and dirt is not fully removed from the surface this may cause small air bubbles in your decal and prevent it from adhering properly. After cleaning the surface, either allow time for the surface to air dry or remove excess water with a rubber squeegee.

Thoroughly soak the desired surface with the application solution created in Step 1.

 

 

Lay your clear decal on a flat, smooth surface and begin to remove the back liner. As you are removing the back liner, generously apply the application solution to the back of the decal.

 

Take the decal and place it onto your desired surface with the wet adhesive side against the application surface. You may lift the decal to remove large bubbles or wrinkles when applying.

 

The application solution on both the application surface and the adhesive side of the decal will allow you to slide the decal into the correct position.

 

Use a squeegee (or debit/credit card) to remove air bubbles and excess application solution from underneath the decal. When using the squeegee, start in the center of the decal and squeegee in a straight line to the right and left side of the decal. Continue this process until you have ran the squeegee over the entire decal. Feel free to press hard when using the squeegee to ensure the removal of excess water. You may place the back liner on top of your decal during this process to avoid damage to the decal. Once squeegeed, you will not be able to reposition your decal.

Use a paper towel to wipe excess water away from the edges of the decal. If applying to a car, allow up to 24 hours for the decal to dry before driving.

1. Attach your decal to the surface with small pieces of paper duct tape in order to align well your graphic. Make sure your decal looks well aligned from the distance of few meters. 

2. Apply duct tape vertically through the center of your decal. 

3. Gently peel protective backing paper off on the right side, so you will keep in hand the transfer tape with the vinyl sticker. You will see the adhesive back side of your sticker. If a piece of vinyl is staying stuck to the backing paper, place the transfer tape back, rub firmly, and try again to peel away gently. Repeat if necessary. Cut off the backing paper. 

4. Carefully apply the right side of the decal on the surface, smooth the decal using a squeegee or plastic card. Work from the center of the decal towards the edges to push the air out. Make sure there are no bubbles left behind. 

Repeat the steps 3 and 4 with the left side of your decal accordingly.

Now, when you applied the decal fully, please make sure there is no air left underneath.

Wait for 5 minutes to allow glue to bond a little bit.

Gently remove the transfer paper. Don’t peel it towards yourself (90°) but rather parallel to the surface in the opposite direction (close to 180°). If vinyl sticker or its parts still remain on the transfer paper, repeat the step #4 and try again.

There are a few video tutorials available on Youtube, this one, in particular, is very helpful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqPMERMBIsE

  1. Sweep the area where you will be applying the floor decal.
  2. Wipe with a wet cloth to remove any residue.
  3. Dry thoroughly with a towel. The floor should be completely dry.
  4. Place your decal right side up where it will appear on the floor. Make sure it is straight.
  5. Once positioned, put a piece of masking tape on the top left and right corners to keep it straight.
  6. Place a strip of masking tape straight across the top to hold it in place.
  7. Take the bottom corners of the decal and flip it over the masking tape so now it is face down.
  8. Slowly and carefully peel off the backing paper of the decal near the strip of masking tape. (If part of the decal stays stuck to the backing paper, place the backing paper back, rub the decal down, and try again.)
  9. Have one person hold the bottom right corner and another person hold the left corner of the transfer tape, with the adhesive side facing down.
  10. Hold the transfer tape up so it does not touch the floor.
  11. Hold it taut so it does not sag.
  12. While two people hold the transfer tape up, a third person will use a card/squeegee to rub the decal so it adheres to the floor. Starting from the top and then from the middle outwards.
  13. As the third person continues to rub the decal onto the floor, the two people holding the transfer tape up slowly will lower it to the ground.
  14. Once the decal is fully adhered, starting from one corner, slowly and carefully peel off the transfer tape parallel to the ground. (If a piece of the decal is stuck to the transfer tape, place the transfer tape down, and use a squeegee to adhere again.)
  15. To remove the decal, simply peel it off the floor.

There are a few video tutorials available on Youtube, this one, in particular, is very helpful. How to Install A Dance Floor Decal – YouTube

1. Thoroughly clean the surface of the glass or non-porous surface you’re applying the window cling to. Use water or any other household window cleaner.

2. Once the surface is clean, gently peel the white backing away from the cling.

3. Use a light soap and water mixture to spray the window and the non-printed side of your cling (the front for inside glass window clings or the rear for outside glass, or standard surface, window clings).

4. Apply the cling to the surface by starting at the top, applying pressure as you work your way to the bottom.

5. Use a squeegee (or a debit/credit card) to remove excess water and bubbles.