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Congratulations - after searching for the right wall decal, you've decided on your favourite design and are now ready to put it on your wall! Although every decal comes with a wall decal application guide, below is a step-by-step detailed guide to make it even easier for yor to install your new wall art.

You can find following application help below:

1. Application Video (standard Application) 

2. Standard Decal Application Guide for small & medium sized decals and larger decals where a second person is able to assist you with the application

3. Alternative Vinyl Decal Application Guide for large single-person application 

4. Decal Removal Video 

 

If you like our demonstration decals, you can find the "Best things in Life" decal here and the "Live, Laugh, Love" Wall Quote here

1. Application Video

2. Standard Vinyl Decal Application

We recommend you use this application guide for any decal application. Please have a second person assist you with the application for larger decals - if you don't have someone helping you, the "Alternative Decal Application" below might be a better option for you. 

Alright, let's get started! 

1. Find a good spot & clean your wall

Once you are happy with the spot you want to apply your new wall decal, you will firstly need to clean the wall, to ensure there is no dust or dirt left on the wall. The vinyl will not adhere to the wall if it is dirty, wet or dusty.

2. Find the right positioning & mark your wall with a pencil

Next, stick your decal on your wall with some tape before you apply it, to make sure you get it at the right height, and straight. Getting it straight is particularly important with wall quotes - you wouldn't want to apply your decal and realise afterwards that the writing is on an angle... Therefore, it is best to use a level and hold it along the bottom of a word or phrase, to ensure the writing will be straight.

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Once you are sure that your decal is positioned correctly, mark the wall at the corners of your decal with a pencil, so you know later where the corners will go. Make sure to use a pencil, so you can remove the marks again from your wall later.

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3. Removing the backing paper

The next thing you need to do is place your decal on a flat surface, such as a table. Use a squeegee (or credit card if you don't have one) and rub over the top of the transfer film to ensure that the vinyl (the black or coloured layer in between) will stick firmly to the transfer film. The better the vinyl sticks to the transfer film, the easier the application will be - so make sure you take your time to do this step properly. Also, make sure to carfeully get all air bubbles out from underneatht the transfer film, otherwise you might end up with creases in the vinyl.

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Next, place the decal on its back, so you can see the checkered side of the backing paper. Again, use your squeegee (or credit card) to once again rub over the decal. Now you can lift the backing paper of the transfer film - take your time and make sure that the vinyl sticks to the transfer film and doesn't lift up with the backing paper. 

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 4. Applying the decal to your wall

Once you have separated the backing paper from the transfer film, you can dispose of the backing paper. Hold the transfer film (with the vinyl decal on it) up on its top corners, and carefully place it on your wall. Use the pencil marks you made on your wall earlier to ensure that the decal will be straight. Once the transfer film is on your wall in the right position, use your hand first to press the transfer film on the wall. Then use the squeegee (or credit card) to rub the vinyl onto the wall. Make sure you go over each part several times, as you really want the vinyl to stick to your wall - particularly small bits like dots and small lines or letters will need to be worked over. 

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5. Remove the Transfer Film

Now you are ready to remove the transfer film. This is the most exciting part, but also the part where you have to be patient and work carefully. Slowly start in one corner and peel the transfer film off the wall at 180 degree angle. Make sure that each letter or small object stays on the wall and is not peeled off with the transfer film. If you do find that a bit of vinyl wants to come up with the transfer film, simply rub over it again, or use your nail to carefully peel it off the film onto the wall. Do this process slowly, until all of the transfer film is removed from the wall. 

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6. Smooth over the decal

Use your hand to smooth over your decal, to check that all vinyl bits are sticking firmly to the wall. To ensure your wall decal is firmly attached to your wall, you can now use a hair dryer on very low heat (ensure not to overheat the wall paint or the vinyl, as both can potentially melt), and a soft cloth, and carefully smooth over the decal. The heat will help the decal adhere to your wall better and make the vinyl soft, which makes it easier to smooth it onto somewhat rough surfaces. 

Now step back and admire your new wall art!

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3. Alternative Vinyl Decal Application

Use this method if you intend to apply a large sized decal by yourself. This method takes a bit more time than the standard application, however, you don't need a second peson to assist during application. 

1. Find a good spot & clean your wall

Once you are happy with the spot you want to apply your new wall decal, you will firstly need to clean the wall, to ensure there is no dust or dirt left on the wall. The vinyl will not adhere to the wall if it is dirty, wet or dusty.

2. Rub the decal onto the transfer film

The next thing you need to do is place your decal on a flat surface, such as a table. Use a squeegee (or credit card if you don't have one) and rub over the top of the transfer film to ensure that the vinyl (the black or coloured layer in between) will stick firmly to the transfer film. The better the vinyl sticks to the transfer film, the easier the application will be - so make sure you take your time to do this step properly. Also, make sure to carfeully get all air bubbles out from underneatht the transfer film, otherwise you might end up with creases in the vinyl.

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3. Find the position & tape the decal on your wall

Next, place your decal on your wall with some tape before you apply it, to make sure you get it at the right height, and straight. Getting it straight is particularly important with wall quotes - you wouldn't want to apply your decal and realise afterwards that the writing is on an angle... Therefore, it is best to use a level and hold it along the bottom of a word or phrase, to ensure the writing will be straight.

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Once you are sure that your decal is correctly positioned, use two pieces of tape and tape the decal to your wall on the top and the bottom in the middle of your decal, as shown in the photo below. 

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3. Removing the backing paper

Take one corner of the decal and flap it over the other side. Then slowly remove the backing paper from the transfer film. If you are by yourself, it might be helpful to use a bit of tape to stick the transfer film onto the wall, so you have both hands free to peel the backing paper off the transfer film. Work slowly and make sure that the vinyl sticks to the transfer film. 

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Once you have peeled the backing paper off the one side, use your scissors and cut the backing paper off - as close to the tape as possible. 

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4. Applying the decal to your wall

Now carefully flap the transfer film back into its position on the wall, and as you do this, smooth over the decal with your hand to ensure that the vinyl will be in its correct place. Once the first part of the transfer film is on the wall, remove the tape strips and repeat for the other side.

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Once all the backing paper is removed, use your hand first to carefully press the transfer film on the wall. Then use your squeegee (or credit card) to really rub the vinyl onto the wall. Make sure you go over each part several times, as you really want the vinyl to stick to your wall - particularly small bits like dots and small lines or letters will need to be worked over. 

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5. Remove the Transfer Film

Now you are ready to remove the transfer film. This is the most exciting part, but also the part where you have to be patient and work carefully. Slowly start in one corner and peel the transfer film off the wall at 180 degree angle.

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Make sure that each letter or small object stays on the wall and is not peeled off with the transfer film. If you do find that a bit of vinyl wants to come up with the transfer film, simply rub over it again, or use your nail to carefully peel it off the film onto the wall. Do this process slowly, until all of the transfer film is removed from the wall. 

6. Smooth over the decal

Use your hand to smooth over your decal, to check that all vinyl bits are sticking firmly to the wall. To ensure your wall decal is firmly attached to your wall, you can now use a hair dryer on very low heat (ensure not to overheat the wall paint or the vinyl, as both can potentially melt), and a soft cloth, and carefully smooth over the decal. The heat will help the decal adhere to your wall better and make the vinyl soft, which makes it easier to smooth it onto somewhat rough surfaces. 

Now step back and admire your new wall art!

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4. Vinyl Decal Removal Video