Monday, 11 January 2021

Applying vinyl decals with and without static ling

 HOW TO APPLY YOUR VINYL TRANSFER

Firstly clean thoroughly the application surface. Surfaces can be cleaned with a damp cloth and water or a fast-drying cleaner such as rubbing alcohol.
Avoid using solvents, household surface cleaners or window cleaners as they can leave residues that reduce the effectiveness of the vinyl adhesion.

To apply your sticker remove it from the paper backing by peeling away the transfer tape. The tape will hold the individual pieces of your sticker design in place while you position it on your desired surface. 

Once your sticker is positioned correctly you can press the transfer tape onto a surface to adhere it. Next, use a credit card to apply pressure to the entire design to make sure it's fully adhered. 

Finally, slowly peel the transfer tape away at a 180-degree angle to leave the sticker adhered.

If your design is especially delicate, let it sit for 24 hours before removing the transfer tape. This gives your sticker time to adhere more strongly to the surface and makes it easier to remove the tape while leaving the design intact.

WHAT ABOUT THE VINYLS WITHOUT TRANSFER TAPE?

Simply peel and stick your decals to the desired surface and press down.

HOW TO REMOVE VINYL

Use fingernails or a blade to pick at and lift an edge of the vinyl. Slowly and firmly peel back the vinyl along the surface as opposed to straight out.
To remove the vinyl from the glass you can also use hot water (not boiling).


The adhesive can sometimes remain on the surface, particularly if the vinyl has been in place for a number of years. If you are having trouble removing it with window cleaner a more effective result will be achieved with an acetone-based adhesive remover.

VINYL MAINTENANCE

Vinyl can be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive cleaning cloth. Use a warm soapy solution, and rinse afterwards. Do not use abrasive cleaners or high-pressure washers or steam cleaners

 

APPLYING DECALS TO STATIC WINDOW CLING

If you would like to make your decals removable rather than permanent then you will need to add your decals to the static window cling. This makes it easily removable when you want to change or store your decal.

First, cover your decal with application tape. This is a clear slightly bumpy textured film that may already be covering your decal.

Rub down hard over the film with a store or debit card or something else suitably flat and hard.

Gently peel the application tape away from the backing making sure the decal is stuck firmly to the application tape.

Place down on top of the clear window cling and again rub hard with a store or debit card.

Lift the corner of the application tape and fold back on itself.

Gently pull away with your fingers flat against the uncovered decal.

Slow and steady until all the tape is removed and your decal is on the window cling.

APPLYING CLEAR STATIC CLING TO WINDOWS


Cut around your design leaving a border or square… this won’t be visible once applied to the window.

Clean and dry the window to remove any dirt.

Take a wet dishcloth and add a drop of washing up liquid and wipe over the window.

Peel the window cling completely with decal away from the backing and place against the window.

Wipe with a clean dry cloth from the centre outwards.

Keep lifting and pushing out any bubbles.

Don’t worry about the smaller bubbles, these will disappear once your window is dry.


For pictures and detailed instructions see this log post here: http://inspiredbyscript.blogspot.com/2021/01/window-decals-what-you-need-to-know.html 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

WINDOW DECALS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Our vinyl decals can be used on all manner of things. Here I'm going to talk about how to apply your decals to WINDOW CLING. 
You can, of course, apply your decals directly to most clean, dry, flat)ish) surfaces, but this should be considered a permanent, non-reusable application. 

Window cling is ideal if you'd like to reuse your design somewhere else or replace it on a regular basis. 

Using window cling saves a lot of time and energy scraping off individual decals especially when the decals are small. 

Small decals come ready to peel and stick 


Our larger decals, however, come ready attached to a piece of application tape.  This tape helps you pick up larger or more delicate pieces of vinyl and position them so you are less likely to crease it when you stick it down. Whether you are using WINDOW CLING or applying to straight onto a smooth surface, the application is the same. 


FIRST OFF - Cut your window cling to the desired finished size.
Then gently peel the application tape away from its backing ensuring the whole of the decal comes away. If at any time you see it's not stuck, simply place back down and rub hard with a store or debit card or some other hard, flat, piece of plastic. 


Once you have peeled it away, lay it gently down onto the WINDOW CLING or position it wherever you want it to be.  

Once again take your plastic store card and rub very hard on the back. Check it is stuck by lifting up the application tape and peeling it away SLOWLY from the backing. If it's not stuck down you haven't rubbed hard enough. 


The best way to remove the tape is to pop it back on itself so that the non-sticky side touches the non-sticky side and pull at an angle from the top left or top right corner.... sort of in a diagonal movement. 

If any areas are not stuck properly, hold the application tape 90 degrees and rub the decal until successfully removed. 


Give it another gentle rub over once the application tape is removed to ensure it's all stuck down nicely. 


REGARDING RAINBOWS 

Rainbows come in all shapes and sizes, right? so where and how you place them is entirely up to you. 

I usually set out the 6 colours. RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE and taking one of each space them out on my mainline. This gives me a great guideline to work from. 

I then fill in with the smaller colours until I am happy with the design.  Get creative and have fun! Remember there is no right and wrong way... everyone's design is different! 

TIME TO PREP THE WINDOW!

No matter how clean you think your window is... give it a quick clean anyway. 
Then take a wet dishcloth and drop on a few drops of washing up liquid (Shhhhh trade secret!). 

I know this sounds crazy but it helps you to move the decal into position and helps with the surface tension. 


Leave your window wet like this.... 


O.K. grab that plastic store card and a clean, dry, cloth and place them where you can get access to them.

Peel the window cling away from it's backing and stick to the window. 
For large decals another pair of hands is useful. 

Lift and place dow repeatedly until you have as few bubbles as possible. 
Take the plastic scraper and lifting away the window cling, place down and scrape to the outside from the middle.... repeat as often as you need to. 


Don't panic about smallish bubbles this is perfectly normal. 

Just get rid of as many of the larger ones as you can. 

This was the best I could do.....

But once dry the bubbles will disappear. 

And won't be noticeable at all.


There you go! Stand back and admire your window creation.... spreading a little joy out into the world. 

Keep the backing paper to the window cling. It will come in useful if you ever need to store it and preferably keep it rolled in a cardboard tube. 

You can buy WINDOW CLING HERE

See a selection of available WINDOW & WALL DECALS HERE

We also offer vinyl stickers to use for your own personal projects. These can be used to personalise just about anything TAKE A LOOK

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