There are two ways you may receive you vinyl art.
1) With transfer tape.
2) Without transfer tape.
Scissors, Painter Tape, a Measuring Tape, an Xacto knife, a Level (laser levels work great), and a friend.
Please remember, as with most art, patience is your friend. Make sure you read and understand these instructions before proceeding. If you’re confused then view our tutorials page at WallsNeedLove.com/tutorials and don’t hesitate to give us a call at: 877-807-8897
You need a smooth-clean-dry surface. Use a damp cloth to clean your wall of dust and dirt. Let the wall dry completely before proceeding. *Allow freshly painted walls to cure 2-3 weeks (SERIOUSLY!)
Unroll your wall decal and lay it flat on a hard surface. Use books to help flatten it. Use the squeegee to flatten any rolls or wrinkles. Flip it over and repeat the process.
Use painters tape to position the decal(s) on your wall and preview the arrangement. Take a moment, scratch your head, and ponder your arrangement. You may even consider sleeping on it (the arrangement, not the decal silly).
Starting on either side, SLOWLY peel the transfer tape away from the base paper making sure that ALL of the vinyl comes up. If the vinyl is stubborn then you have two options: get frustrated and flip out, or 2) take your time, lay the transfer tape back over the stubborn vinyl, mash it with your fingers and work it until it lifts in submission. “Ahh, the sweet smell of victory.”
Peel until you reach the center and then cut away exposed base paper.
Now lay the graphic near (not on) the wall and start squeegee from the center outwards. Using a smooth fanning motion, let the squeegee smear the decal onto the wall. It’s kinda like ironing where you push the slash and wrinkle from the middle outwards. Repeat the process for the other side. Remember, no kicking and/or screaming.
Almost finished but it is NOT “all down hill from here.” The peel should be done slowly and with attention. Start at a corner and start peeling the transfer tape away SLOWLY. You’ll want to peel the paper directly back onto itself. Use your other hand to hold down any vinyl that may want to lift up. If the vinyl lifts up, then back up and restick it with the squeegee or a good-ole thumb mash. You can also rub a damp sponge on the back to moisten and help release the adhesive.
Now kiss, hug and host a party for your new wall.
Many of our wall decals are simply peel and stick. While it’s pretty simple, you’ll still want to minimize air bubbles & wrinkles. Read below for steps on installing various Peel & Stick art.
As usual you need a smooth-clean-dry surface. Use a damp cloth to clean your wall of dust and dirt. Let the wall dry completely before proceeding. *Allow freshly painted walls to cure 2-3 weeks (SERIOUSLY!)
Using scissors, cut out the individual pieces of your vinyl wall art (dots/stripes/etc) separately from each other. Be sure not to cut the art but only the base paper in between. These will be applied individually.
Take a moment, scratch your head, and ponder your arrangement. You may want to consider sleeping on it (the arrangement, not the decal silly). Try to form a mental picture of the layout but don’t be afraid to change your mind as you start applying your art.
Use your best judgement to determine how to apply each piece. Consider the shape and size then go for the stick. Depending on your art (dots/stripes/etc) it may be best to apply each item a bit differently than the one before. Just remember that patience is your amigo.
Room Stripes: For straight lines use a laser-level. Make pencil marks to space your stripes evenly. Don’t peel the entire stripe off and try to apply it. Instead peel about 1 foot back, position it, and then simultaneously peel the backing paper from underneath while squeegeeing the stripe onto the wall. If using a laser level then just follow it down the line.
Dots, Shapes, Birds, etc. If it’s your first time we recommend starting with the smallest items and working your way up in size. Use the same application technique described in the room stripes above. Use finesse applying these as to avoid getting wrinkles and bubbles. If you do get wrinkles then use a craft knife to release them.
When using the peel and stick method try bending the base paper away from the vinyl instead of picking at it with your finger nail. This will prevent your decal from having an icky “picked” edges.
Don’t just slap the wall decal up. Smooth it from the center outward. It’s okay to just use your fingertips...
Take time to mentally arrange your design. Think about arrangement, overlap, size, distribution, balance, alignment, and pattern. Think about present or future furniture, frames, and lighting. Have an idea of the design you want.
Mistakes happen and many are easily correctable. You may get a wrinkle, a tear, a misalignment or misplacement. Think about the problem and possible ways to solve it. An xacto knife does wonders in carving out misaligned edges or releasing wrinkles. Many wall decals can be carefully removed and repositioned but the more you move the less they stick.
Snack and sip while brainstorming the approach. Two minds are greater than one. Friends are awesome!