Tip and Tricks
To ensure a strong and long-lasting bond, proper surface preparation is crucial. Before applying the vinyl lettering, it is essential to thoroughly clean and dry the surface. Our vinyl film adhesives are specially formulated to create an exceptional bond on clean, smooth, weather-resistant surfaces that are free of grease, wax, and silicone.
We recommend using Isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface. Apply it directly onto the surface and wipe it off with a clean cloth. Please refrain from using other cleaning agents, as they may potentially damage the paint or reduce the adhesive strength of the film. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaning products on windows, as they tend to leave behind a residue that can hinder the proper adhesion of the sticker.
It is important to note that certain walls or doors may have been painted with finishes containing Teflon, which can compromise the adhesion of the vinyl. Additionally, freshly painted surfaces pose challenges for vinyl adhesion, so it is advisable to wait until the paint has properly cured before applying vinyl lettering.
By following these tips and tricks for surface preparation, you can ensure the best possible installation outcome for your vinyl lettering project.
The Decal and its Layers
When you receive your vinyl decals, they will arrive as a cohesive unit consisting of three layers: the transfer tape or pre-mask, the actual vinyl decal, and the white grid backing paper.
Transfer Tape – Pre-Mask
The top layer, known as the transfer tape or pre-mask, bears a resemblance to regular masking tape or clear tape. Its purpose is twofold: to facilitate the application of the decal and to protect it during the application process. The transfer tape acts as a shield, ensuring that your decal remains intact and well-positioned.
Directly beneath the transfer tape lies the middle layer, which is the actual vinyl decal itself. When you are ready to apply the decal, this layer will come up along with the transfer tape. It contains the intricate design or text that you have chosen, ready to adhere to the desired surface.
Lastly, the bottom layer is the backing paper, featuring a waxy surface. This layer serves as a protective barrier for the adhesive backing of the decal, safeguarding its stickiness until it is ready for application.
By understanding the composition of your vinyl decal and its layers, you can confidently proceed with the installation process, ensuring a seamless and professional result.