Application Directions

Application Directions and Methods Video:

There is an old saying, there is more than one way to skin a cat, well, same thing goes for applying your decal.
It's always a good idea to watch the entire video to determine which application you are most comfortable with, and which would work best with your decal depending on size and complexity.

 

1. When you receive your vinyl lettering, you will notice it comes in 3 layers, the application tape on top (this helps with the transfer of the vinyl lettering to the wall), the vinyl lettering, and the backing.

2. Clean the vacant area where the vinyl will be applied, making sure that it is free from any wax, oil, dirt, dust or debris that will prevent the vinyl from sticking well.

3. Once the surface area is clean & dry, use a ruler and pencil to lightly mark a guide line for the top of your quote or phrase. For longer quotes and phrases, make a little tick mark indicating the center of your surface. Mark the center of your quote or phrase as well.

4. Give the application tape a firm rub with a plastic squeegee or credit card.

5. Tape the top portion of the phrase to the surface lining it up with your guidelines and center marks, making sure it is positioned exactly the way you want it to look.

6. Flip and peel back the application tape slowly; making sure that the vinyl lettering is sticking to the application tape. If part of a letter does not stick to the application tape, simply rub that area a little more firmly and check again.

7. Holding the application tape by the ends make sure that the quote or phrase is centered in the chosen area of the wall. It is okay to let the application tape touch the surface of the wall, but be careful to not allow the vinyl lettering to touch the wall until you are absolutely sure of its positioning.

8. Once your confident of the positioning of the vinyl lettering on your surface, carefully rub your hand over the vinyl lettering to apply. Continue rubbing the vinyl lettering more firmly with the plastic squeegee or credit card used before. This allows each part of the vinyl lettering to adhere to the surface of the wall.

7. Carefully remove the application tape from the vinyl lettering, paying attention to any part of the letters that may not transfer to the wall. If this happens, simply rub that area a little more firmly and try again.

8. Rub your finger over the vinyl lettering, as if you are tracing the letters, to make sure that the vinyl is securely applied.


 

Difficulties Applying Vinyl
Keep in mind that vinyl applies best to smooth, flat surfaces. Glass and wood are ideal and will rarely give you any troubles.

Walls are the most popular application surface and add beauty, whimsy, inspiration and creativity to any room. However it is to be noted that not all walls are created equally. Each homes walls have different tactile qualities. We have found that older homes with rougher texture on the walls will take more time to apply the vinyl. And the vinyl may try to peel or lift, if this happens take your time in the application process and use your fingers to gently press the vinyl to the wall.

Also, high gloss paint can cause the vinyl to not want to stick as easily. If this applies to your home DON'T WORRY! The vinyl WILL stick to your walls, however patience may be required. While most surfaces the application process is easy and quickly done. It is always best to go slow, have patience and your work will be greatly rewarded with a beautiful design!


Removing Vinyl
The vinyl that Lacy Bella uses will easily peel off easily when ready. However removal may require more work depending on the surface it was applied. Usually lettering applied to walls will easily peel off without damaging the wall or paint. We do recommend that if you you keep this in mind when applying. When it comes time to remove the vinyl razor blades work well for removing vinyl off glass; products like Goo-B-Gone help remove sticky vinyl residue (be sure to test a small area of the surface beforehand --- they also may remove paint so it's only recommended for glass surface removals); and, the heat of blow dryer can help soften the hard-to-remove vinyl for easier peeling.

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