10 Easy Steps for a Professional Installation
1. Surface Preparation
Surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned before applying your vinyl graphics. Follow the instructions below for specific material cleaning procedures. Plastics and Glass Thoroughly wipe surface clean with a window cleaner. Remove any dried matter such as tape or glue with a single edge razor blade. Painted Metals and Base Metals These surfaces may be cleaned with a solvent such as Naphtha, Xylol or Lacquer Thinner. Dry the surface with a lint free cloth before the solvent evaporates. Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics. Interior Painted Surfaces Surfaces may be cleaned with any household cleaner such as Fantastic or 409. Wipe area clean and dry with a lint free cloth before applying the vinyl graphics. Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics.
Temperature Requirements The temperature of the room and the temperature of the intended surface should be between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. Very high humidity (above 90 percent) may effect the application process. MAKE sure your masking tape sticks well! so your lettering does not fall on the ground or water.
2. Materials Needed
A Spray bottle filled with a mixture of dish soap and water. The mixture ratio is; 3 drops of soap to 1 pint of water Plastic Squeegee (supplied) Dry Towel 1" to 2" Roll of Masking Tape and the supplied squeegee.
The graphic consists of three separate pieces. Transfer tape - Vinyl - Release liner
3. Using small tabs of masking tape, tack the graphic to the intended surface this is to insure proper placement before the release paper is removed.
4. Apply a single horizontal strip of 2"(or about's) masking tape to the top of the graphic. The strip of should be split between the graphic and the intended surface with 1" on each side (as shown). This strip will be used as a hinge that will insure the graphic does not move during the application process.
Special considerations: If the name is over 4' or 5' feet in length you can cut it vertically between letters after the tape is applied to make smaller sections to apply.
5. Hold the bottom edge of the hinged graphic away from the intended surface and remove the release liner to reveal the sticky backing of the vinyl.
CAUTION: Do not let the exposed graphic touch the intended surface. The back of the graphic is VERY tacky and will tightly adhere to the surface. If the placement is not correct, removing the graphic for replacement will be very difficult or impossible without causing damage the vinyl.
6. To assist in proper placement, spray the intended surface with the mixture of soap and water. (This coating of water reduces the tackiness of the vinyl, letting you lift and replace the graphic if necessary.
7. While still holding the hinged graphic away from the intended surface. Using the squeegee and starting from the top, begin to put the graphic to the intended surface. Note: Work from top to bottom. Do not let the entire graphic fall onto the intended surface. If lines or creases develop, lift and replace the graphic (quickly before your water dries up!)
8. Once the graphic is in proper position and lying perfectly flat on the intended surface, you can now start forcing the water out from beneath the graphic. Starting from the center working outward, use firm strokes with the squeegee to force the water out from beneath the individual letters or elements contained in your graphic. Again, try not to take too long because your water is drying up under it and dripping down)
9. After all letters and elements have had most of the water squeegeed out from beneath them, it is now time to remove the pre-mask from the graphic and reveal the final product. To remove the pre-mask without difficulty, spray with water and soap mixture on the top of the transfer tape and wait a minute or two for the transfer tape paper to become soggy. Gently remove the transfer tape. Be careful not to pull the graphic up with the transfer tape.
10. Finally, squeegee out any remaining water bubbles (gently not to pull up any edges as it still needs to dry
Another thing to consider if the name is very long is that you can cut it vertically between the letters after the horizontal tape is on after you have completed measuring it. This just gives you smaller pieces to install.
Stand back and enjoy your new lettering!