Here are a few tips to help you get the best results with your vinyl decals:
Applying Small Vinyl Decals
Here are a few simple steps to getting good results from your application.
- Prepare the surface you want to put the decal on by making sure it is clean and dry. It's best to use just plain soap and water or rubbing alcohol. Glass cleaners like Windex can leave a residue behind that may interfere with the adhesive. This will give you the best adhesion and appearance.
- Ensure the cut vinyl decal is well adhered to the clear application tape, by rubbing it firmly with an application squeegee or similar implement (a credit card will do just fine).
- Remove the decal from the paper backing by slowly peeling the clear tape away from the paper backing. Go slow and make sure that the decal is sticking to the tape and not to the paper. If the decal is staying on the paper backing, slowly and carefully lower the tape back onto the paper and use your squeegee (or credit card to burnish the problem spot.
- Carefully position the clear tape and the decal over the final location where you want it, then move it toward the surface until one edge touches. Use your hand to smooth it onto the surface slowly, from one side to the other so as to prevent any bubbles from being trapped under the decal. Rub the surface of the clear tape firmly with your application squeegee. For best results you should wait a few hours before completing step 5.
- Lift one corner of the tap and slowly peel the tape away on the diagonal. If the sticker starts to lift up, lower it back to the surface and burnish that area firmly with your application squeegee before proceeding.
Removing Vinyl Decals
Vinyl decals generally come off without doing any damage to the underlying material. For best results, use a heat gun or a blow dryer to warm the decal before attempting to remove it. This will help soften the vinyl and loosen the adhesive's grip. Once the decal is warm you should be able to peel it easily from one edge. If you have trouble a widget or razor blade should make it a snap.
There are certain surfaces that are not well suited to vinyl decals. In general, we suggest that you avoid these surfaces.
Porous materials such as brick, and many stone surfaces will not allow the decal to achieve good adhesion.
Fabric and leather tend to allow the adhesive to penetrate the surface too much, drying out and not sticking. Residue may be left on these surfaces after removal, and may be difficult to clean off.
Automotive paint makes an excellent surface, but be warned: The vinyl may tend to block UV rays, which means that if the painted surface gets a lot of sun exposure, the vinyl may protect the paint underneath from fading evenly with the surrounding paint that gets more UV.
Plastics -- Hard plastics are often excellent for vinyl application, but softer, more flexible plastics may be prone to outgassing which can result in bubbles.
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