All decals are best if applied to smooth dry surface above 60*F. Thoroughly clean and dry desired area for graphic. Measure and position graphic where desired. The "hinge" method is preferred for larger graphics. Tape in place or have a friend hold in position. The hinge method involves taping down one end while working with the non-taped end.
Once position is set, slowly peel off transparent transfer paper making sure graphic comes with it. You should peel off until you get to the tape "hinge". Make sure to completely remove backing paper so it's not in the way.
Carefully apply small sections of the graphic at a time smoothing down with a squeegee or your fingers. Once the entire graphic is down slowly peel off the transparent transfer paper...it should come off fairly easily leaving the graphic in place. Rub graphic vigorously with fingers or towel making sure it's completely adhered to the surface.
For smaller graphics, just completely peel off transfer paper and position graphic. As above, once position is set, rub graphic vigorously with fingers or towel making sure it's completely adhered to the surface.
Larger graphics can also be applied wet. Mix a spray bottle with water and liquid dish detergent. Once area is cleaned, spray desired location liberally with soapy mixture. A second set of hands might come in handy here. Completely peel off the transparent transfer paper making sure graphic comes with it and apply the entire graphic to soapy area, adjusting graphic as necessary. When desired location is achieved, squeegee out all the water. Keep working out the water until completely smooth. Let dry for several more minutes then slowly peel the transparent transfer paper back. It should come off fairly easily but if it pulls the graphic up its not dry enough. Let dry longer, using a hair dryer if necessary, then try peeling again. Once transfer paper is completely removed, dry graphic completely and rub with fingers or towel making sure it's completely adhered to the surface.
The dry method is actually preferred because the wet method is very tricky but if done properly can also produce excellent results. The key is letting everything dry before removing transfer paper.
- Small air bubbles will disappear with time. (A hair dryer or mild heat helps)
- For larger bubbles, poke pin sized hole in center of bubble and work the air out. (A hair dryer or mild heat helps)
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