Application Instructions for Interior Walls

Application Instructions for Interior Walls

Before You Start

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.

If Your Decal(s) Came With A Paper Ring Around Them, Follow These Directions Next: 

  • Remove the paper ring.
  • Let your new decal(s) sit just as they are for a couple hours, they will unroll some.
  • After a couple hours, lay your decal(s) flat, upside down, take a plastic card and go over the back of the decal(s) a few times (not the transfer tape side). This will help release the decal from the wax paper backing and help the decal(s) to lay flat.
  • Wall graphics must be applied to a clean, smooth, dry and non-porous interior surface.
  • Freshly applied paint should be allowed to cure for a minimum of three full weeks before wall graphic application.
  • Finished graphics shipped to customers should be removed from packaging and stored flat at room temperature for 24 hours before application.

Surface Preparation
When preparing a wall for a graphic, keep in mind that not all surfaces are suitable for vinyl film application. Wall graphics can be applied successfully only to surfaces that are clean, dry, smooth and non-porous. Any of the following
conditions can cause poor adhesion or product failure:
• Highly textured paint
• Poor initial paint bond
• Poorly painted wall edges
• Patched areas that have not been primed before painting
• Moisture behind the drywall, which can cause the drywall
paper to release. Walls with cooling systems or water
pipes behind them may be prone to condensation.
• High humidity areas including (but not limited to) garages,
entryways, and bathrooms
• Dust, dirt, or other contaminants on the wall
• Wallpaper or other wall coverings
• Cuts made to the graphic during the installation process
may cause curling or lifting.
• Freshly painted walls that have not had ample time to
cure. Wall graphics tend to bubble and release from the
wall while paint is in the curing process.

Once the paint has had ample time to cure, it’s important to clean the surface immediately before applying the film. Freshly lacquered or painted surfaces should be completely cured.

Surfaces to which the material will be applied must be thoroughly cleaned from dust, grease or any contamination which could affect the adhesion of the material. Dust and other contaminants can collect quickly on the wall and prevent the film from adhering properly. Wipe down the wall with a dry tack cloth or a lint-free microfiber cloth to remove any dust, paying attention to the wall’s edges and corners.

Application Instructions (picture illustration below)

  1. Do not use the wet application technique on walls.
  2. Use tape to hold decal, paper backing, and transfer tape in place down center.
  3. Peel the transfer tape away from backing to tape you applied.
  4. Decal should stick to transfer tape. Cut away exposed paper backing. From center of decal, use a straight edge to smooth decal to surface.
  5. Remove tape you applied.
  6. Remove transfer tape and decal from paper backing on other side of decal.
  7. Smooth down with straight edge.
  8. Carefully remove transfer tape leaving decal on surface.                             

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.
  • 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.