- Decal Installation
Thank you for your purchase from Rapid Vinyl!
Your decal has 3 components. The wax paper backing, the vinyl decal itself, and the transfer tape. Unroll the decal and let lay flat for a few hours. Clean the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or soap and water (If installing a wall decal, clean according to your surface type). Do not use Windex or similar products because it will leave a residue behind that will prevent the decal from adhering well. Let dry well. If installing on a vehicle, use a garage or install in a non-windy environment 50 degrees or higher.
TIP: Watch a few Youtube videos if this is your first time installing a die cut decal. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+install+die+cut+decals
NOTE: If you have RainX or other similar products on the surface, you will have an issue with the decal adhering correctly. Please consult manufacture of those products on how to remove before applying your decal.
Prepare the decal for application and on a flat surface by firmly rubbing a squeegee or credit card over the transfer tape. This removes any air bubbles that may have formed and adheres the vinyl decal to the transfer tape. Focus on rubbing the decal portions and don’t worry too much about wrinkles elsewhere. You must perform this step just prior to installing the decal.
NOTE: You may see wrinkles on the tape which is over the decal. This is normal and can be ignored.
a) Get a tape measure, squeegee, and masking tape! Tape the decal in place with small pieces of masking tape in the corners and measure to the lettering or decal portion. Make minor adjustments until you are comfortable with the position. Do not use the transfer tape/paper backing as a measurement point – it is not straight!
b) Using more masking tape. Create a hinge across the top or side of the decal. We recommend you watch a few YouTube* videos before proceeding. Peel the wax like blue/white paper backing off the decal very carefully from the top or side inside back. While you are pulling the backing, use the squeegee to apply the decal to the surface from the front (VERY SLOWLY). This is a critical step perform carefully.
c) For very large decals – after you have the decal in position with masking tape, you may cut it into sections while leaving it taped into position. This allows you to apply a section at a time to your surface. You would cut from either the bottom or side up or to the “hinge” you created earlier.
* For helpful tips search YouTube for “how to install a vinyl die cut decal”. This will ensure your success!
Run a squeegee over your newly installed decal while the transfer tape is still on. This will ensure that you have a good seal against the surface. Start to Slowly peel the semi-transparent transfer tape off at a sharp angle almost parallel with the surface in a wiping pulling motion. Be careful not to pull the decal off the surface. If decal pulls away from the surface repeat the squeegee process mentioned at the beginning of this step. If you have air bubbles use a very tiny pin to poke a hole and work them out with your finger wrapped in a soft cloth. This will work the air out of the bubble and cling the decal to the surface.
NOTE: If you have used the wet method to install you will need to work out all of the water from between the tape, decal, and surface. Once the water is worked out, let dry for about 30-60 minutes before trying to peel off top masking tape.
If there were any issues with the install, don’t hesitate to contact us for replacement letters
or sections of your decal for a fair price. We want you to be 100% satisfied with
your purchase and to make us your #1 stop for future decal needs. Thank you!