- The following is provided as a guide only, if in doubt we highly recommend seeking professional installation, especially for the larger decals – we are unable to issue replacements for errors caused by the improper installation or use of the product.
- Do not install in cold or damp weather as this can hamper adhesion and significantly reduce the life of your decal, we recommend an atmospheric temperature of at least 15°C/59°F. Also keep in mind that the glue on the vinyl takes at least 24 hours hours to fully cure, so if the temperature drops overnight and gets damp before the decal has fully set, it may peel.
- Once you’ve installed the decal, we advise against getting it wet for at least 48 hours. It’s best to allow maximum time for the sticker to adhere to the surface properly to ensure the longevity of the decal.
- For rear windscreen stickers (only applies if your vehicle has a rear windscreen wiper) we advise against using your wiper blades right away. Once the sticker has fully cured to the surface, it’s very unlikely that your wiper blade will remove the sticker, assuming it was properly installed following our steps below.
- For our Chrome, Glitter or Flip colours DO NOT ATTEMPT to wet install.
Step 1: Surface prep (the MOST important part)
The first step is to prepare the surface you wish to apply the sticker to so that no dirt, dust, grease or residue remains. Be sure to completely remove any waxes, gloss protectors or enhancers before you install, as these will all prevent adhesion to the surface. We strongly recommend using a clean microfibre cloth and isopropyl rubbing alcohol to prep glass surfaces. If you’re at a pinch then soap and hot water can be used (be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after with clean water, if you do not clean it off adequately you will leave a layer of soap residue that will affect adhesion). Do not use any dedicated glass cleaners as most of these are ammonia-based and leave a slick coating on the surface, causing the decal to peel, and will out-gas causing bubbles.
Ensure the surface is completely dry before continuing to step 2, even if that means heating the glass with a hairdryer/heat gun or leaving to dry in the sun for a few minutes.
- Do not install in cold or damp weather (less than 15°C/59°F) as lower temperatures can hinder surface adhesion.
- Throughly prepare the surface before proceeding, as any contaminants will have adverse effects when applying.
Step 2: Sticker Prep
Prepare the sticker for application by firmly rubbing the felt edge of the squeegee or something with a thin edge, like a credit card against the decal, pressing the transfer tape against the vinyl. This removes any air bubbles that may have formed in transit and allows the sticker to cling to the transfer tape. Although we prep them ourselves before sending, they can move during shipping which is perfectly normal.
- Apply moderate pressure, too much pressure may damage the application tape.
Step 3: Location, Location, Location
(Optional) – Measure where you would like to place your sticker. We tend to use a tape measure and masking tape to get it as accurate as possible, however this stage is not compulsory, more of a preference.
- Automotive masking tape (usually blue) is recommended.
- For our XL range of stickers, masking tape is advised to keep your sticker in position.
- Decals can’t be repositioned once stuck, so it’s worth taking your time to ensure the positioning is correct.
Step 4: Peel away
Peel the paper backing off the sticker. If the sticker clings to the backing, slowly replace the paper backing and repeat the previous step. Smaller letters can sometimes be tricky, we advise using your fingers to push against the backing paper gently forcing the sticker to cling to the sticky application tape.
- Take your time here, especially with the more intricate areas – you don’t want to tear the vinyl.
Step 5: And….Place!
Place the sticker onto the desired surface and press it down firmly, working from the center outwards with a squeegee or a clean cloth. If there are air bubbles, try to work them out towards the edges if you can (you can always use a pin to remove any large air bubbles after). For best results, we advise waiting 10-15 minutes for sufficient adhesion to take place before moving on to the next step. Like car paintwork, the quality and longevity of a sticker are all down to the preparation. So go and make yourself a cuppa whilst you wait, it’ll be worth it.
- Apply moderate pressure, especially when using a credit card – too much pressure may damage the sticker.
- You can use a cloth and your hand to gently press the sticker into the surface around more intricate areas.
Step 6: Ta-dah!
Slowly peel the application tape off, at a right angle or parallel to the surface. Be careful not to just pull the application tape upwards as you may pull the sticker off the surface. If the sticker pulls away from the surface then repeat the previous step.
You can now step back and admire your handywork!
- Try to pull the application tape off parallel to the surface and not away from it, this will reduce the likelihood of pulling up the sticker.