How to Install Vinyl Stickers the Right Way

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Do you know how to install vinyl stickers? You probably think that you do, and you actually might. Since we pour our heart and soul into every product we make, we would like to go over a few tips and best practices. That way you can apply your new stickers perfectly every time.

Basically put, installing vinyl stickers successfully means some simple planning and preparation. This is true whether you are applying stickers to a car, a wall or your closet door. These best practices should be kept in mind for stickers both large and small.

  • Be patient
  • Remember the 5 Ps – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
  • Think through the process in your mind before you get started
  • Keep your hands steady, don’t apply stickers after you’ve slammed three Red Bulls
  • Check the weather report if you’re stickering outside

Ready? Okay, here is how to install vinyl stickers properly. Clean the application area thoroughly. Skip cleaners like Windex. They tend to love nasty residues behind. This could prevent your stickers from adhering properly.

Lay your sticker on a clean, flat surface. Firmly stroke a credit card or squeegee across the transfer tape. This will help remove any air bubbles that may have formed. It also makes sure that your sticker is clinging to the transfer tape side properly.

Peel the paper backing off of the adhesive side of your sticker. As you are lowering the sticker onto the intended surface, use a squeegee or credit card to “rub it” into place. Wait 24 hours before removing the transfer tape.

How to Install Vinyl Stickers that are Large

Large stickers require the same amount of preparation as mentioned above. The process is also pretty much the same. After cleaning the area where the sticker is going, align the decal and test fit it.

You can re-position vinyl stickers after you place them the first time.

Do this until you get it like Cinderella did, “just right”. Just remember not to apply too much pressure when you are first positioning your vinyl sticker. When it is in a perfect position, use a large squeegee or a firm straight-edge to rub it into place, applying firm pressure.

By the way, you should always apply vinyl stickers for cars indoors. This keeps wind, dirt and other debris from getting in the way of a successful application. Get the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees F.