How To Apply Your Wall Decal
HOW TO APPLY YOUR WALL DECAL
Please read these directions fully before attempting to apply the decal.
Especially if you have never applied a wall decal before.
Your decal comes in three layers:
Layer 1. Transfer paper. The top layer which resembles scotch tape.
Layer 2. Actual decal. The middle layer which is your vinyl decal and which will be the only remaining layer once applied.
Layer 3. Release Liner. The bottom layer which is what the vinyl decal is resting on.
1.Clean the wall or surface you will be applying your decal to. Make sure it is free of debris.
2.(Optional). Take the small practice decal and follow the steps outlined below to give you an idea of how applying decals work before you try it on the decal you purchased.
NOTE : For large wall decals you may need two people to apply the decal. This will help prevent the decal from folding over on itself once it has been lifted off the release liner. It will also make applying the decal to the wall easier. Once the tape has been lifted off the liner the decal will be flimsy and very sticky on one side. Two people holding the decal flat and helping to position the decal will help greatly.
NOTE: Do not apply decals to freshly painted walls and do not expose decals to extreme heat and cold.
3.(Optional) It is a good idea to plan where you want to put your decal by simply tacking it up on the wall with some tape or thumbtacks. Take a step back and see if everything is where you want it. You can also mark positions with tape or a pencil.
NOTE: If your decal comes in multiple pieces on one sheet you may have to cut out some shapes as needed
4.Take a credit card or other similar item and use the flat edge to smooth down the top of the decal/ transfer paper. The object is to ensure there is a solid connection between the transfer paper and the decal so that the decal is lifted away from the release liner. Some air bubbles may have formed during shipment, however, a completely smooth surface is not necessary for application.
APPLICATION METHOD 1
3. Slowly peel the transfer paper away from the release liner . Peel at an angel and make sure the decal is coming away from the release liner and sticking solely to the transfer paper. If the decal is having trouble lifting off the liner, re-squeegee the area where the decal is being lifted off first.
NOTE: For an easier application on any type of surface you can try these tips or ideas. 1.Really smooth down the outer edges of the decal where the tape will peel off first. 2. Leave the decal on the wall for a couple hours without removing the tape. This will allow the adhesive some time to bond to the wall. 3. Peel slowly and at a close angle to the wall, almost like you are rubbing the wall while you peel. 4. If the decal is very thin where you are trying to peel the tape off you may want to try peeling from a place where the decal is thicker.
NOTE: Textured walls can be more difficult to apply a decal to than a smooth wall. Using the above tips is recommended.
4. Position the decal where it needs to be and slowly begin to smooth down the decal onto the wall working from top to bottom. You can again use a credit card or even your hands can work well to smooth it down. Once it is stuck, squeegee the decal, working your way from the middle to the outer edges removing any air bubbles that may have formed
Slowly, and at an angle close to the wall, peel / slide the transfer paper away from the surface. The decal should be sticking solely to the surface you applied it to. If it is not try some of the tips outlined above!
APPLICATION METHOD 2
5. For large decals this method may help your application process. Position the top edges of the decal on the wall where you’d like it to be. Peel just the top few inches of the transfer tape and decal off the release liner and tack that portion to the wall. Smooth those few inches down onto the wall. Then peel a few more inches of the release liner away and smooth down the decal some more. Proceed like this all the way down.
All that should be left is your decal sittin pretty!