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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.

Vinyl Decal

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.

Backing Paper

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.

Step-By-Step Application

Step 1

Surface Preparation

Dirt and dust particles will cause vinyl lettering to bubble and not to stick properly.
Clean the destination surface to remove any dirt and oils. We recommend using Isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface. DO NOT use ammonia-based cleaning products on glass surfaces!
Dry surface thoroughly with as clean cloth.

Step 2

Vinyl Decal Preparation

The vinyl decal may have pulled away from the transfer tape during shipping. The below action will adhere the vinyl decal to the transfer tape.
Place the product (transfer tape side up) on a smooth flat surface such as a table.
Take the squeegee provided in your order and rub firmly across the entire decal. Start from the center and work out to the edges.

Step 3

Position the Vinyl Decal

Place the decal on the destination surface.
Level and center the decal. Pay special attention to level and center the vinyl decal itself and not the backing paper/transfer tape.

Note: Draw horizontal guidelines in the area you wish to apply your lettering. You can use a wax pencil or if you don't have a wax pencil you can use regular masking tape. Tape in place on one side only (the top, bottom or either side, however you feel more comfortable) to use as a hinge, using masking tape.

Step 4

Remove the Backing Paper

Peel the backing paper away from the DECAL and MASK LAYER starting at the opposite side of the masking taped hinge. Remove backing paper slowly. At an angle, slowly peel away the backing paper underneath without touching the sticky vinyl.

Note: The vinyl decal should stay adhered to the transfer tape. If it starts to separate, help it stay together.
Slowly roll the sticky vinyl and transfer tape onto the destination surface starting from the tape hinge-side.

Note: Go very slow and work out any air bubbles with the squeegee provided.

Step 5

Secure the Vinyl Decal to the Surface

Rub the transfer tape. Start from the side with the tape and gently work away from the tape to the edges to help remove any leftover air bubbles

Note: After the image is on the surface, rub the entire image applying pressure to adhere the vinyl to the surface.

Step 6


Gently peel away the transfer tape starting from one corner pulling down at a tight angle across the vinyl decal.

Note: Be patient and go slow. Once the transfer tape is removed you are done.

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Vinyl Lettering

Self-adhesive vinyl letters, numbers and customised text stick to any clean smooth surface.

Boat Lettering

Great on jetskis, kayaks, paddleboards, surfskis even shells (rowing) etc.

Window Lettering

Adhesive vinyl letters and customised text are great for shop front signs, window displays, glass, mirrors and acrylics.

Vehicle Lettering

Can be used for cars, vans, motorbikes, bicycles, caravans & motorhomes etc.

Wall Lettering

Great for interior walls, furniture, doors or any other smooth household surface. Great for kids rooms.

Residential Lettering

Great for letterboxes, household bins, even your home business details.