How to fit your new decal
Clean the surface with rubbing
alcohol or water with a little dish
Masking tape the sticker to the clean
and dry surface. You can use a
measuring tape to centre the decal.
Tear / cut the sticker from the masking
tape guides. Flip the sticker and
remove the backing paper making
sure the decal is staying on the
Flip the sticker back around and use
the masking tape guides to align the
sticker in the desired position.
Using a plastic squeegee or credit
card, apply firm pressure accross
the decal. Work from the centre
Remove the transfer film and any
masking tape guides. There may
be multiple transfer films.
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Sticker won't stick, Coming away with the transfer film, Peeling edges etc.
Make sure the surface is thoroughly clean, free from dirt, wax or any oils. The best way to do this is with an alcohol based de-greaser, isopropyl alchohol or if you have neither of them some water and a couple drops of washing up liquid will do the trick (you will just have to wait longer for it to dry.)
If the surface is clean but the sticker is coming away with the transfer film, a little heat may help. Use a hair-dryer or heat-gun to warm the sticker up and gently apply pressure over the sticker. Try and peel the transfer film at an angle of 45 degrees to the sticker. Pulling the transfer film off as low and close to the sticker as possible may also help in keeping the sticker on the desired surface.
Peeling edges may occur at very fine edges of the sticker. Again a little heat can help the glue bond with the surface. If the area that is peeling is the end of a pointed section there may not be enough surface area containing glue to properly bond with the surface. Cutting the edges back with a sharp blade and applying firm pressure to the new edge of the sticker can help the sticker last even longer.
Bubbles, Pimples or Dirt in sticker
Good, even pressure with your squeegee or credit card whilst applying the sticker can help reduce bubbles. Make sure not to squeegee too far ahead of yourself and trap air. Remaining bubbles can disappear over time as the vinyl settles providing they are not too large.
Large bubbles will need a little help to remove the trapped air. Ideally a 9mm snap off knife with a new blade or a precise hobby knife can be used to create a very small hole to let the trapped air escape. However a needle or the corner of a razor blade can remove trapped air albeit with a slightly more noticeable hole at the end result. Just prick the corner of the bubble with your chosen tool and apply pressure to the bubble from the opposite end. Push any remaining air out.
Pimples are usually trapped bits of dust, dirt or other contaminate. Usually there is no way to remove these once the sticker is applied however if the pimple is at the edge of the sticker you can try to lift the edge up and scrape the contaminate from the adhesive using a blade or you can try and pick the contaminate out with tweezers. Please use caution if you attempt to do this as you may end up damaging the sticker.
Crease in sticker
If there is a crease in the sticker it will need to be lifted until the crease is no longer stuck. Whilst holding the creased section away from the surface, gently heat the creased area and be careful not to stretch the sticker out shape whilst doing so. If the crease is not too severe it will be removed completely with a little heat. Re-apply the sticker and focus on even passes with your squeegee or credit card. Don’t go too far in one direction at once.