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Medium & large stickers
The following method can be used for any size sticker, but is particularly useful for medium and large stickers. Small stickers can be installed in a slightly different, but quicker way. See here for fitting small decals. Step 1. is the MOST IMPORTANT part of fitting any sticker. Just like painting, It’s all in the prep!
The above method of fitting can be used to fit small decals too. However, for small decals you can skip a couple of steps if you follow the guide below instead. Remember, Step 1. is the MOST IMPORTANT part of fitting any sticker. Just like painting, It’s all in the prep!
Sunstrips & very large stickers
We recommend fitting sunstrips and very large decals with the same method shown at the top of this page. However as these are very large it can be easier to hold and fit with two people.
All of our stickers can be fitted wet but this can be particularly useful for sunstrips and very large stickers. Simply mix a couple of drops of dish soap with water, then spray the adhesive side of the decal. Position it, and using a plastic squeegee or credit card* apply firm pressure from the centre outwards to remove all water. *If using a credit card to apply a sunstrip, you should wrap the card in a microfibre cloth to prevent scratching the sunstrip.
If the decal or sunstrip is not adhering to the surface you will need to check all water is pressed out and leave it for some time to bond before attempting to remove any transfer films or driving with the sunstrip installed. You may even need to allow some time to pass before you can trim up the edges of the sunstrip.
Room temperature is ideal for fitting decals. Fitting stickers in the cold or onto cold surfaces is not recommended. Do not fit stickers in temperatures below +10°C.
If fitting outside or in lower temperatures, try to do so in direct sunlight. Alternatively, you can provide a small amount of heat to the surface beforehand with a heat gun or hairdryer. Heating the decal again just before removing the transfer film can greatly improve adhesion and will allow the transfer film to peel away cleanly.
Creases & bubbles
Creases and crinkles in the transfer film that can occur when stickers are shipped in a tube will not show up when the sticker is applied. These are in the transfer film and not the vinyl itself.
If you encounter creases when fitting you can gently heat the the area, lift the vinyl and then re-apply. (use a heat gun or hair dryer.)
Smaller bubbles of trapped air will naturally disappear over time. For larger bubbles, we recommend piercing the bubble with a brand new blade from a snap off / exacto knife. (be careful when handling sharp knives.)
Decal stuck to backing paper / will not peel with transfer film
Reapply the transfer film and apply firm pressure over the decal to ensure the transfer film sticks to the decal, then proceed to remove backing paper from the sticker. If possible, lay the sticker flat face down and peel the backing paper away from the transfer film instead of peeling the transfer film up and away from the backing paper.
Heating the decal just before removing the transfer film can greatly improve adhesion and will allow the transfer film to peel away cleanly.
What you can stick our stickers to
Our stickers will stick to any smooth painted surface, or any glass that is thoroughly cleaned and free from dust, dirt, grime and grease. e.g. smooth walls, windows, toolboxes, cars, tractors, trucks or panels.
Our stickers are not suitable for any textured surfaces. This includes textured walls, surfaces that contain rust, lacquer peel or other paint damage as well as textured and/or bare plastics. Wallpapered walls are also not suitable for stickers.
Freshly painted surfaces
For freshly painted walls we advise waiting 6 weeks before applying decals. For freshly painted panels on vehicles etc we advise waiting 4 weeks, the paint may be dry to the touch sooner. However, the curing process can go on for many weeks. Early fitting may result in large bubbles as the paint tries to outgas, It may also lead to difficulty removing the decal without causing damage to the paint.
It is not advised to fit stickers to poorly prepped paint. Even if the paint is fully cured, the sticker may still take paint with it when removed if the paint job was low quality or the surface was not properly prepared.
Still not sure?
If you are still unsure of how to fit your decal or sunstrip we would recommend contacting your local signwriter/professional to fit it for you. Or if you have any additional questions for us just get in touch through our Contact page or via the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly try to help you!