1.Squeegee (credit card type tool)
2.Application Fluid in Spray Bottle (soapy water)
3.Kitchen paper towel
How to prepare for applying the Vinyl:
Please read these instructions all the way through before starting your application. The surface must be clean, and free of all oils, waxes and dirt. Use a glass cleaner to clean away and dirt and oils. NOTE NEVER USE AMMONIA BASED CLEANERS (i.e. Windex). It will emit gasses for a couple of weeks and create bubbles under the decal. Which will result in accidental decal peeling. On painted surfaces wipe with a wax remover or alcohol if applying on freshly waxed paint.
Applying the Vinyl using the DRY method (used in most cases):
You may need a needle, a credit card or a similar type squeegee. Try to avoid applying the vinyl in direct sunlight, it is also not a good idea to try and apply the stickers on cold days anything below 5c. Take the credit card or squeegee and flatten the vinyl (sandwiched between the backing tape and application tape) on both sides by rubbing over it. If the vinyl was sent out to you rolled up, lay it out flat and let it relax for an hour or so as the Vinyl is easier to handle if flat.
Double check to make sure that your vinyl is meant for the internal or external application (for internal application the vinyl will look mirror imaged through the application tape). Turn the vinyl upside down on the transfer tape and pull backing tape off SLOWLY. The backing is the heavier paper, the application tape is the see through tape.
Now you are ready to apply the vinyl. Hold the vinyl over your desired location and slowly apply the Vinyl to the surface. Try to touch the surface first at the centre of the Vinyl and then flatten out to the sides. Next, use your credit card or squeegee again to flatten as much of the vinyl as possible. The transfer tape will allow you to rub the vinyl without damaging it. Peel back an edge of transfer tape slowly the things to watch for are the small letters and corners, to make sure they are sticking to glass, and not to the transfer tape. Once the transfer tape is removed, take your fingers and rub gently over the corners and points of your vinyl to make sure they are glued firmly to the surface. If by chance you have an air bubble(s), use your needle and give the air bubble(s) a small poke, this will create a small hole for the air to escape. Press around the air bubble, working the air to the small hole. The bubbles may disappear after a day or two.
Applying the Vinyl using the WET method:
DO NOT USE THIS METHOD ON THE CHROME/MIRROR EFFECT OR WHEN THE APPLICATION TAPE IS CLEAR!
(This method is used mostly when applying Sun strips or larger stickers) Use a spray bottle and apply a few drops of washing up liquid to some water, use the bottle and wet the area where the vinyl is to be applied.
Apply the vinyl still attached to the transfer tape, to the thoroughly sprayed surface. The vinyl can then be gently moved and repositioned correctly for your perfect finish. When the vinyl is in the perfect place, use a small squeegee or credit card to push out any of the water from under the vinyl. The transfer tape will stop the vinyl from being damaged while doing this.
Please make sure to remove as much of the water as possible from under the vinyl as if not enough is removed the vinyl will not stick to the surface and will find it difficult to remove the application tape. Once that is complete you can then remove the application tape SLOWLY. If there are bubbles present under the vinyl that cannot be removed by working them to the edge of the vinyl with your fingers, then a small pin or needle can be used to puncture the vinyl at the bubble, to remove the air. A small pin hole will not be seen after the air bubble has been worked out with the fingers.
Caring for your Vinyl:
In colder climates, vinyl on windows of vehicles can be damaged by the scraping of frost or ice from the windows so be careful not to run over them with your Ice Scrapers!! Mild window cleaner may be used to clean the windows without damage to the vinyl. On painted surfaces of vehicles, care must be taken when waxing. Wax will build up around the edges of the vinyl, and will need to be removed. Use a soft cloth, and take your time, and be gentle. Your vinyl will not be damaged by normal use of car wash products, or water. Although the vinyl will withstand pressure washers, car washes, these unfortunately may reduce the life span and appearance of your vinyl product after a time.
How to easily remove the vinyl:
On glass surfaces, with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, a razor blade scraper can be used. Vinyl can be removed easily from painted surfaces by using a heat gun or hair dryer to warm the vinyl to the point to where it peels off easily.