Surface Preparation
All surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned before applying your vinyl graphic.  Follow the instructions below for specific surface cleaning procedures.

    Plastics and Glass:
    Thoroughly wipe surface clean with a window cleaner.  Remove any dried matter such as tape or glue with
    a single edge razor blade.  If you are planning to use acrylic, remove the protective liner from the acrylic
    24 hours prior to applying the vinyl graphic.  This will allow any air bubbles to dissipate from the acrylic. 
    If this is not observed you may find air bubbles form under your graphic within a couple of days.

    Painted Metals and Base Metals:
    These surfaces may be cleaned with a solvent such as Naphtha, Xylol or Lacquer Thinner.  Dry the surface with a lint free cloth before the solvent evaporates.  Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics.

    Interior Painted Surfaces:

Surfaces may be cleaned with any household cleaner such as Fantastic or 409.  Wipe area clean and dry
with a lint free cloth before applying the vinyl graphics.  Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least
72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics.

Temperature Requirements

The temperature of the room and the temperature of the intended surface should be between 45
and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for best results.  Very high humidity (above 90 percent) may effect the application process.


The graphic consists of three separate pieces...

  • Pre-mask (top surface)
  • Vinyl Graphic (the vinyl decal you can see in between the pre-mask and wax paper liner)
  • Wax Paper Liner (bottom surface)
Using small tabs of masking tape, tack the graphic to the intended surface.  This is to insure proper placement before the liner is removed.
Apply a single horizontal strip of masking tape to the top of the graphic.  The strip of masking tape should be split between the graphic and the intended surface (as shown).  This strip will be used as a hinge that will insure the graphic does not move during the application process.
Hold the bottom edge of the hinged graphic away from the intended surface and remove the liner to reveal the sticky backing of the vinyl.  Save this piece of liner for use later in the application process.

Do not let the exposed graphic touch the intended surface.  The back of the graphic is very tacky and will tightly adhere to the surface.  If the placement is not correct, removing the graphic for re-placement will be very difficult or impossible without causing damage to the vinyl.

While still holding the hinged graphic away from the intended surface.  Using the squeegee and starting from the top, begin to marry the graphic to the intended surface.


  • Work from top to bottom.
  • Do not let the entire graphic fall onto the intended surface.
  • If lines or creases develop, lift and re-place the graphic.
  • STEP 6:
    Once the graphic is in proper position and lying perfectly flat on the intended surface, press down firmly in the middle, and with your finger, squeegee or a credit card, r
    ub out towards the edge from the middle (as shown).
    STEP 7:
    It is now time to remove the pre-mask from the graphic and reveal the final product. 
    Gently and slowly remove the pre-mask at an 180 degree angle back over itself.
    STEP 8:
    Squeegee out any remaining air bubbles (if any) using the piece of left over liner.  Lay
    the piece of left over liner over the graphic with shiny side of liner facing you.  Proceed
    to apply hard pressure to squeegee out any remaining air bubbles.


    You are now finished.  Installing vinyl graphics is a simple follow-the-steps process.  Although it
    takes very little time, it is not something to rush.  With a little concentration and patience you
    can easily install quality vinyl graphics.  Enjoy your new decal!

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