How To Apply A Large Decal

How to Apply Large Vinyl Wall Decals

If you have any questions at all about how to place a decal, just ask!

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Note: During shipping, the decal may separate a little from the white paper backing.  This is fine.  The important thing is that the image is stuck securely to the transfer tape (the white paper backing will be discarded).  Also, very detailed images may take a little more effort and patience to get in place, especially on textured walls or other not perfectly smooth surfaces.  Be patient and go slow.  Once in place, the image will stay for many years to come (or less if you choose) and be well worth the effort!  Take extra care when applying your decal on a glass or completely smooth surface as air bubbles can be more apparent.  Be sure to wait at least 3 weeks before applying to freshly painted walls to make sure the paint is completely set.  We’d LOVE to see how your decal turns out!  If you would like to have your placement featured in our gallery, please email a photo to the address above.


The decal comes with three parts that will be referred to in the instructions.

  1. The white paper backing
  2. The actual vinyl decal
  3. The transfer tape, which is used to pull the vinyl decal off of the backing in order to apply it to your surface.


Step 1:  Freshly wash and dry the surface with water only where the decal will be placed, this will make placement much easier.


Step 2: Firmly go over the entire surface of the transfer tape with your hand or a credit card to ensure that the vinyl decal has been firmly pressed against the transfer tape.  Cut any individually placed portions apart, if applicable to your order (such as a tree with leaves – you would cut each leaf out to be individually placed).


Step 3: Line up the decal on the wall and secure it with masking tape or painters tape.  You may want to use a measuring tape and level to ensure your decal is exactly where you want it.  Vinyl decals cannot be repositioned once they are set in place. 


Step 4: Tape the decal across the center, making sure it is snug against the wall. (For smaller decals it is not necessary to place them in two steps).


Step 5: Separate the transfer tape from the paper backing on the top edge of the decal and carefully peel away the paper backing half way (until you reach the tape that you secured across the center).  Go slow, making sure that the decal is adhering to the transfer tape side.  If the vinyl is stuck to the paper, smooth the paper backing back down and try again. 


Step 6: Once the white paper backing and the transfer tape have been separated (so at this point, your decal is only touching the transfer tape) down to the masking/painter’s tape you put over the center, cut away the paper backing from the top half.  Be very careful to keep the transfer tape away from the wall, your clothing, and don’t let one part of the transfer tape touch another part of the transfer tape.  The tape is very sticky and can be difficult to fix if it sticks to the wrong spot, especially if it sticks to itself.


Step 7: From the center of the decal, slowly move upwards, pressing the decal firmly against the wall with either your hand or a credit card. It is important to apply firm, smooth pressure so that you do not get air bubbles, working from the middle, outward. The top half of your decal is now in place. 


Step 8: Carefully peel the white paper backing from the bottom half of your decal, making sure that the entire decal is on the clear transfer tape. 


Step 9: Slowly press the bottom half of your decal firmly against the wall with either your hand or a credit card going slowly to ensure there are no air bubbles. 


Step 10: Wait 30 minutes or longer to allow decal to set. This will make peeling the tape back much easier and ensure a stronger hold of your decal to your wall. For larger and/or more detailed images, you may consider leaving overnight.


Step 11: Begin at a corner, peeling back the transfer tape by pulling slowly and carefully at a 180-degree angle to the vinyl. Take extra care at this step and try not to pull up on the tape (make sure to use a 180-degree angle) as this can create bubbles and disengage the adhesive hold. Go slow, making sure that all of the vinyl is now attached to the wall and not sticking to the tape. If the vinyl gets stuck to the tape, press it back onto the wall and reapply pressure with either your fingers or a credit card again. 


How to remove your image:

Simply peel the vinyl off slowly.  If it doesn’t come off easily, warm it with a hair-dryer on low until it loosens up and peel.