Application Instructions (Dry) for Small to Medium Size Vinyl Graphic Decals

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Do not touch the adhesive backing of the decal, oils from your skin will prevent sticking.

When you first receive your decal: If the graphic(s) release with difficulty from the white/blue wax paper backing, rub the top of the decal with a credit/debit card. This step helps break the bond between the graphic and the wax paper.


  • Clean the surface area.
  • Hold the decal with the graphic facing you, now from any corner, peel the transfer tape off of the decal. Now you should be holding a graphic fully adhered to the transfer tape.
  • Carefully position the decal to the desired area. You cannot move your decal once it is placed
  • Rub the decal starting from the center working out to the sides of the decal, eliminating any air bubbles.
  • Use your fingers to make sure the entire decal is fully adhered to the surface.
  • Wait 10-15 minutes before removing clear transparent transfer tape.
  • Now slowly remove the transfer tape, peeling it at 180º against itself.
  • Check for air bubbles. In most cases air bubbles can be worked to the edge of the decal, if not, a pin hole will allow the air out and become virtually invisible.

Helpful Hints:

  • If your decal(s) do not want to release from the wax paper backing, then repeat rubbing over the back of them with a plastic card. Repeat this step until your decal(s) release with ease.
  • Do not touch the adhesive backing of the decal, oils from your skin will prevent sticking.
  • Always peel the transfer tape at a 180 degree angle.
  • Do not apply on extreme cold or hot Surfaces. Ideal temperature must be between 60°F & 90°F.
  • Don’t apply decal(s) in direct sunlight

RECOMMENDED Application Surface Areas:

  • Bikes
  • Cellphone and/or Cellphone Cases
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Flat Surfaces that are smooth
  • Fiberglass (must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel)
  • Glass
  • iPads
  • Laptops
  • Metals (must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel)
  • Painted Surfaces (paint must be smooth and glossy, vinyl will not stick to oxidized, faded, or peeling paint)
  • Plastic
  • Tablets
  • Trailers
  • Tumblers
  • Vehicles
  • Walls
  • Wood (must be painted with a smooth, glossy enamel)

NOT RECOMMENDED Application Surface Areas:

  • Cement
  • Oily Surfaces
  • Oxidized or faded paint
  • Peeling paint
  • Raw Lumber
  • Raw Metals
  • Rubber

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