How To: Apply Die Cut Vinyl Decals


April 11, 2017

Die cut vinyl decals look amazing but can confuse people who are used to just peeling a sticker and slapping it on. Here are some easy steps to get it right the first time.

  1. Clean your window or surface. 
  2. Carefully peel the two pieces apart, removing the backing and leaving the decal on the application sheet. If your decal is sticking to the backing, close the sticker and start again, changing the angle of your peel maneuver. The half that is pulled away at the sharper angle releases the decal. 
  3. Once you have your decal completely on the application sheet, line it up where you want it, using the light adhesive on the application sheet to hold the decal in place. While one hand holds the decal away from the surface, use your free hand to apply the decal by smoothing it onto the surface as you go up. This reduces the chances of bubbles. 
  4. Once you have the decal on, use your finger and firmly press along every surface of the decal through the application sheet.
  5. Peel the application surface off using a very aggressive angle to avoid peeling the sticker back off. If you see the sticker coming off, stop, press it back on, and try again, making that removal angle as high as you can. 

PRO TIPS

Bubbles

These are small decals and you should’t get bubbles. You can squeeze bubbles out that are close enough to the side of the decal with your finger. If you managed to get one bubble in the middle of the decal, wait for a hot sunny day, use a pin and lightly put a hole in it. When it is hot the vinyl is soft and it will adhere back down and stretch back to place like it was never there.

Alignment OCD

If your OCD is off the chart and you can't stand the thought of getting it wrong, grab a roll of painters tape. Use the tape along one edge of your decal, placing it exactly where you want before actually sticking it to the car. Then raise the decal up and peel the backing surface off while the painters tape keeps the edge right where you left it.