Get your last penny's worth, by applying it correctly
and prolonging the life of your vinyl decal.
Do not apply in cold weather - adhesive may stick but will lift easily. Instead, grab a snowball and pelt the nearest friend.
Do not apply in extreme heat, apply in the shade - vinyl will get very soft and stretch. Besides, it's hot. Find the nearest body of water and/or frosty beverage.
Do not use alcohol to apply - it will destroy the adhesive and burns in paper cuts.
Do not use an ice scraper on the sticker/decal - it may lift or break pieces off. I'm sorry you live somewhere you have to own an ice scraper. Winter mornings must suck.
Do not touch the adhesive backing - oils from your skin will prevent sticking. Don't even get us started about the germs.
Do not point high pressure car wash nozzle at the edges of the sticker for a long time - it may lift or break pieces. This method does, however, work on lasagna pans you promised to wash then forgot about.
Before application, make sure there is no wax or rainx products on the surface - adhesive may stick but will lift easily.
Don't apply wax over graphics, especially if the wax contains any petroleum distillates.
Each vinyl sticker comes with three different layers.
The top layer is the transfer tape,
the middle layer is the actual vinyl sticker
and bottom layer is the backing.
How To Apply
Be sure the area for the sticker is clean and dry. Now plan the EXACT placement of your new sticker before you remove the paper backing.
Carefully remove the paper application tape by gently peeling the tape and decal away from the paper backing in a downward position. The vinyl sticker should remain attached to the top layer of paper, leaving a blank backing strip to throw away. If a part of the decal starts to come up away from the surface of the application tape rub it back down while the tape is still on, then proceed to remove the tape.
Hold the decal in position and stick the top or one side holding the other side up away from the surface. Rub the entire area beginning at the top or side that is on the surface and rub firmly from one side to the other using a crafter’s popsicle stick, the back of a spoon or the sharp edge of a credit card. The decals have a pressure sensitive adhesive the harder you rub the harder it sticks. Once the sticker touches the surface, DO NOT TRY TO RELOCATE. The sticker's adhesive is very strong. If you attempt to move after it touches the surface you will damage the sticker as the vinyl will stretch and distort before the adhesive will give way.
Grasp the corner of the paper top layer and carefully peel it away from the vinyl cut-out sticker. This should be relatively easy. If any of the vinyl comes up with the backing, flatten the entire sticker out against the surface again and press firmly along the vinyl, then attempt again.
Show off your finished sticker with pride! If your awesome new sticker gets dirty, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth.