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Vinyl Decal & Sticker Installation Guide

Instructions on installing your vinyl decals or stickers.
There are 3 layers to your decal. The top layer is the transfer taper and is used to correctly position and apply the decal. The middle layer is the decal itself and the bottom layer is the paper backing sheet.

Preparing the surface:
Before applying your decal thoroughly clean the surface, removing all dirt, wax & oils. If the surface is not properly cleaned the decal will not stick very well. The life of the decal depends on a properly cleaned surface. Denatured alcohol or rubbing alcohol both work very well to clean most surfaces. Standard glass cleaners can also be used for glass surfaces. If the temperature is below 50 degrees it is recommenced to warm the surface before applying your decal.

Applying the decal:
  • With the transfer tape facing up, slowly peel it up from the backing sheet. The vinyl should be attached to the transfer tape as you lift it up. Do this slowly as there man be very small vinyl pieces that you want to make sure come up with the transfer tape. (NOTE: If one sticks to the backing sheet, use a firm object such as a fingernail to rub the transfer tape where the vinyl is stuck.)
  • Carefully position where you want the decal.  Make sure you do not come in contact with the sticker surface.
  • When you have the decal where you want it, tack one edge in position and fold the decal onto the surface in a rolling motion. On larger surfaces like a windshield, you may need someone on the other side. Remember there are no second chances when installing a decal. The transfer tape will keep the decal together, and align itself.
  • Once the entire decal has contacted the surface, with the transfer tape still attached, rub the decal onto the surface with a plastic applicator, your fingers, or a credit card to remove any bubbles and to insure good adhesion over the entire decal. The transfer tape allows you to firmly rub the decal without damage to it. Take as much time as you need to get the bubbles out. The more time you take the less chance of bubbles.
  • When the decal has been completely applied to the surface, gently peel away the transfer tape. The decal will adhere to the surface much more aggressively than the transfer tape.
  • If there are bubbles present under the decal that cannot be removed by working them to the edge of the decal, a small pin or needle can be used to puncture the bubble and remove the air. A small pin hole will not be seen after the air has been removed.
  • The application of decals is not terribly difficult, but it is best to work carefully and slowly. Don’t try to rush the process or you could ruin your decal. Once applied decals cannot be repositioned, so take your time.
  • Do not hit the decal directly with a pressure washer or an ice scraper to assure a long life of your decal.
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