How To Apply a Vinyl Decal
Before we get started, here is what a decal is made up of. Top layer is the transfer tape. Middle layer is the vinyl decal. The bottom layer is the backing paper.
Step 1: Surface Preparation
Clean the surface you are about to apply your decal to with alcohol and a clean microfiber cloth.
Do not use a window cleaner because it will leave a residue that may cause the decal to not adhere to the surface. Do not use paper towels because they may leave small particles that the decal will stick to instead of the surface and ultimately cause it to peel up.
Let the area fully dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Placement
Once you have determined where you would like to place the decal exactly and the area is clean and dry you can now tape the top of the decal to the surface with masking tape. Make sure you can lift the decal up in a hinge type motion.
Squeegee the decal at this stage so that the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape and not to the backing paper when removing it. You can also use a credit card.
Step 3: Flip Up & Backing Removal
Now you can remove the backing from the decal. Be sure no pieces of the decal are left behind on the backing paper. If so, allow the backing paper to fall back down and you can apply pressure with your finger to the backing paper and this should stick the decal back on to the transfer tape.
Step 4: Squeegee the Decal to the Surface
Squeegee the transfer tape down on to the surface as you slowly release it. Run the squeegee over the transfer tape to get out any air bubbles and to assure that the decal has adhered to the surface. If you can try to leave the decal in this stage for 24 hours before moving on to the next step to allow the decal to stick properly.
Step 5: Peeling the Transfer Tape Away
Once you are ready to peel the transfer tape away start by peeling up one corner and move towards the opposite corner.
If you run into a situation where the vinyl is sticking to the transfer tape and not the surface, put the transfer tape back down and push on it with your finger, or squeegee, and then try to peel it back up again.
Once you have transferred the decal to the surface you can remove and dispose the transfer tape and masking tape.
Now step back and enjoy your new vinyl decal.