Decal Application Instructions

Decal Application Instructions

Decal Application Instructions

  1. Prepare Decal: To ensure that the decal peels away from the paper backing and adheres properly to the application tape, lay the decal on a hard smooth surface, squeegee across the entire surface of the decal with firm pressure. You may also use the sharp edge of a credit card or rub firmly with your fingertips covering the entire surface.

  2. Clean Application Area: Clean the area where the decals will be applied using a soft cloth dampened with alcohol or use the glass cleaner. This will remove any wax, residue, oil or dust particles that will prevent the decal from sticking. If the decal will be applied to a painted surface such as the body of a vehicle clean the area using a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Then wipe the area with a clean soft cloth dampened with alcohol and dry.

  3. Remove Backing Paper: Carefully peel the application tape and decal away from the paper backing. If the decal does not peel away from the paper backing, repeat step #2. When you peel the application tape away from the paper backing the decal will adhere to the back of the application tape. The paper backing can be thrown away.

  4.  Begin Application: Hold the decal in position and stick the top or one side holding the other side up away from the surface. 

  5. Adhere Decal To Surface: Slowly rub or squeegee firmly across the surface of the decal using the application tool or the sharp edge of a credit card. The decals have a pressure sensitive adhesive so the harder you rub, the harder it sticks. 

  6. Remove Application Tape: Remove the application tape by pulling gently in a downward motion. If a part of the decal starts to come up away from the surface rub it back down onto the surface while the tape is still intact and press firmly, then proceed to remove the tape. Only the pieces will remain on the surface giving the appearance of being painted on. 

  7. Note: The decals will not adhere to a surface that has been waxed. Remove all wax and residue with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol before application. After the decals have been applied, the surface can be waxed over. The wax will not damage the decal but will prevent it from sticking.


Troubleshooting Decal Application and Removal: Problem:

My decal won’t peel off the paper backing.

Lay the decal face down on a hard flat surface and use a squeegee or the sharp edge of a credit card and press firmly across the surface of the decal. This will press the vinyl material onto the application tape so you can peel it away from the paper backing and apply your decal.

My decal won’t stick to the window or surface.

Make sure the surface is as clean as possible. Residue from car wash soap and wax, products like RainX and rainwater mixed with oil and gas residue from the road can all prevent your decal from sticking. We recommend cleaning the glass with rubbing alcohol or ammonia free window cleaner. Other surfaces can be cleaned with soapy water. Make sure the surface is completely clean & dry before you apply your decal.

Some decal pieces keep peeling up when I try to remove the application tape.

Use a squeegee or the shape edge of a credit card and press the decal firmly on the surface. It may help to leave the decal on the surface for several minutes before you try to remove the application tape. Peel the application tape away at an angle. If some pieces don't adhere and start to come off with the transfer tape, push the application tape with the pieces back down on the surface and apply more pressure to the area, then continue removing the transfer tape.

There are bubbles in my decal.

First, make sure you have removed the clear application tape on top of the decal. Only the vinyl pieces should be left on the surface. Small bubbles under the vinyl material usually dissipate in a couple of days. If you have large bubbles in the vinyl material, you can use a needle to puncture the vinyl so the air can escape as you press the material down.

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