Installing Vinyl Automobile Decals

Decals should be applied to smooth, clean surfaces. These decals are made with permanent adhesive vinyl. 

  1. Clean the vehicle surface thoroughly with a lint free cloth, removing any dirt, oil, car wax, Rainex, etc. Rinse completely and allow to dry.  Be sure surface is "squeaky” clean.
  2. Pull the backing away at a 45 degree angle from the transfer tape - the decal is attached to the transfer tape (the top, see-through layer).
  3. Center the decal over the desired location (truck window, etc.). Lightly position the decal on the surface, then use a squeegee or credit card to smooth it out, starting from the center and working to the edges. Rubbing the decal with your fingers first will heat up the vinyl and help in removing the decal from the transfer tape.
  4. Slowly peel the transfer tape off at an angle starting from one corner, pulling more back than up.  If decal pulls up with the transfer tape, rub it with a credit card until it adheres, being careful not to rip the decal.
NOTE: Do not apply in direct sunlight especially if the surface is hot, as this will cause decal to prematurely stick. The ideal installation temperature is 55-95 degrees. Do not use water or other liquids when installing these decals. Allow the decal to cure on the vehicle for two weeks before reapplying car wax or other protective vehicle or window coatings.

Tape and Hinge Decal Installation Method for Large Decals

  1. Tape the decal to the surface you are placing it on and line it up in the position you desire.  Be sure to level the decal image, not the paper backing as it may not be cut level.
  2. Place a piece of masking tape down the approximate center of the decal. Staring on the right side, slowly peel back the application tape (the top layer) separating it from the backing and making sure that the decal sticks to the application tape and not the paper backing. Be careful not to rip the decal.  If the decal sticks to the backing, push the top layer back down and rub it with a credit card.  This will allow the tape to adhere better to the top layer (the application tape).
  3. Once you have peeled the top layer back to the center tape, cut off the excess paper backing that is showing and discard it.
  4. Slowly lay the decal on the application tape back down on the surface working from the center out to the right side and rubbing it with a credit card as you go.  Hold the tape taut so the decal doesn’t prematurely stick to the surface.  
  5. Once the right side is on the surface, remove the center section of masking tape and flip up the left side of the decal.
  6. Repeat the above process on the left side, removing the paper backing and being careful to make sure the decal is sticking to the tape, not the paper backing.
  7. Slowly lay the decal on the surface, working right to left.  Hold the decal taut and work from the center to the left edge.
  8. Squeegee the entire decal with a credit card to make sure it is properly stuck to the surface. 
  9. Remove the application tape starting in the upper left hand corner working your way to the right.  Pull the tape PARALLEL to the surface.  DO NOT PULL UP OR AWAY FROM THE SURFACE as this can cause the decal to release.  Do this slowly to be sure that the decal sticks to the installation surface, rubbing with a credit card if areas stick to the application tape.