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You can apply the sticker to almost any flat smooth surface. The vinyl will have trouble adhering if the surface is too rough/textured.
If the surface has been recently decorated please allow at least 4-5 weeks for it to dry, i would recommend at least 2 months. Different paint and airing conditions will affect the drying time. The solvent fumes given off by drying paint attack the adhesive on the vinyl and prevent it from bonding with the surface so it is very important that the surface is completely dry before beginning application
The vinyl will also have problems forming a bond with surfaces painted with non-stick paint (such as paints that contain teflon) If this is the case then please use a fixing medium on the surface before applying the sticker.
Make sure the surface is clean, dry and free from dirt before you start application. Any specs of dirt can affect the application process and leave bumps and bubbles in the surface of the vinyl.
The day before you want to apply your sticker unroll it out onto a flat surface and smooth it down using your hand to make sure there are no bubbles etc. Use objects such as books to flatten the sticker and leave it over night - make sure it's at room temperature as the vinyl can become uncooperative in colder temperatures.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- A squeegee is ideal but if you don't have one available then you can use a similarly flat object. A credit card or similar will do
- A roll of masking tape/painters tape.
- A pair of scissors
HOW TO APPLY A WALL STICKER
HOW TO APPLY A BUMPER/PHONE/LAPTOP STICKER
HOW TO REMOVE A STICKER
To remove the sticker gently heat the vinyl with a hairdryer, the heat will reactivate the glue and cause the bond between the vinyl and the surface to temporarily loosen. Carefully peel back the vinyl away from the surface. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hairdryer/heat gun when you do this.
Once removed the sticker will not be re-usable.
HINTS & TIPS
The best piece of advice when applying a wall sticker is just to take your time with it. This will achieve the best results.
Make sure everything is in place or near at hand before you start and with the larger stickers it's very handy to have another person helping you.
Stay calm. In the eventuality that something does go wrong we may be able to help you fix it. There's a troubleshooting section you can check below or get in touch with us. We're here to help.
Don't Panic! Vinyl can be uncooperative at times and even the best of us can have difficulty installing a sticker from time to time. Here's a list of things that can go wrong with your sticker and solutions on how to fix them as quickly and easily as possible
- air bubbles - this is usually caused by specs of dirt on the wall or accidentally trapping air when the sticker is smoothed onto the surface. The solution is to prick the air bubble with a pin (on the edge of the bubble is best, not the center). Now carefully smooth the vinyl down towards the hole. The air should escape through the hole and the vinyl should flatten nicely. You'll barely be able to see the hole once it's done.
- wrinkles and creases - usually caused in the application process by not smoothing the vinyl down properly. The solution is to gently heat the creased vinyl and then carefully smooth it down with a squeegee/credit card. Be careful not to go overboard with the hairdryer!
- vinyl lifting off - if it's just a small section of vinyl that's coming away from the surface it's usually the case that it just hasn't been rubbed against the surface properly and hasn't been able to form a bond. Use a hairdryer or heat gun to very gently heat the vinyl - this will reactivate the adhesive. Then carefully smooth the vinyl back down onto the surface. Rub over the top then leave the adhesive to form a bond.
- sticker completely falls off the wall. In most cases this is caused by trying to apply the vinyl to a recently decorated wall. The solvent fumes given off by drying paint attack the adhesive on the vinyl and prevent it from forming a bond with the wall. Check the back of the vinyl where its come away from the wall and if it's no longer sticky then this is the case. It's possible but tricky to fix, the solution is to wait until the paint has completely dried. Then using a small amount of wall paper paste apply this to the back of the sticker and then carefully smooth it down onto the wall. In some cases the sticker will still be sticky on the back - this is usually the case if it has been applied to a non-stick paint (paint that contains teflon or similar). The answer is to use a fixing medium between the paint and the sticker to allow the sticker to form a bond. There are several things that can be used, clear coat spray paint or pva glue both work well. Once the wall is coated and dried the sticker can be applied properly.