Applying Your Vinyl Decal

Use these simple steps to apply your design easily

Ensure that you follow these instructions to have successful application and prevent you decal from lifting or peeling. Please read everything before you watch the videos.

  • The wall surface must be smooth and dry with no oiliness or dust before you start in order for the decal to stick properly. Newly painted walls should cure for at least 3 weeks before applying wall art.
  • Vinyl has an approximate two year shelf life,so don't purchase a decal and wait months/years to stick it to the wall, as it might not stick as well by then.
  • Decals stuck outdoors and on vehicles, will only last approximately 5 years due to exposure sunlight and weather conditions.
  • Do not stretch the vinyl during application
  • The design must be rubbed down thoroughly with a squeegee before and after application.
  • Do not touch the sticky side of the vinyl with your fingers, the natural oils can affect the stickiness and the decal could lift from the wall if you do.
  • For large decals or pieces that need to be joined, spray the wall with soapy water before you apply the decals. This will help you to place the pieces together properly without air bubbles and allow you to move the pieces until you are happy with the application, it will also prevent air bubbles and you can squeegee the soapy water out afterwards.

Watch the following Youtube videos as it is often easier to see something done than to read the instructions.

Watch each video completely and then follow the instructions below the videos.

Various methods to apply wall decals - take your design and the wall into consideration, watch all the videos until you find what suits your circumstances best:

Small / Medium


Lettering designs

Slightly Textured Walls


Materials needed:

  • Design
  • Ruler/measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Squeegee
  • Masking tape

Your design comes in three layers:

  • The top layer is the transfer film.
  • The middle layer is the vinyl design.
  • The bottom layer is the backing paper

Let's begin:

  1. Remove design from packaging.
  2. Flatten design and allow it to settle and flatten out.
  3. Clean the area that the design is to be applied to.
  4. Place the design as desired and use masking tape strips to secure the design to the wall in the desired positions.
  5. Repeat this step several times, if necessary. Rub down the design firmly with squeegee or credit card to activate the application paper. It is important that this is done thoroughly.
  6. Use masking tape to create a strip down or across the centre of the design securing it to the wall like a hinge.
  7. Loosen the first piece of the design from the wall – remove masking tape strip.
  8. Slowly peel back the backing paper behind the design of the first piece you are working with – use a flat angle against the vinyl..
  9. Make sure that the design remains on the transfer film (the front clear/translucent film).
  10. If the design comes loose from the transfer film, put the design flat again and repeat step 5 again.
  11. Secure the design to the wall with a strip of marking tape with the back of the design facing you.
  12. Cut off the backing paper that you have peeled from the design.
  13. Be careful that you do not cut into the design accidentally.
  14. Loosen the first piece of the design (the back of the design facing you).
  15. Hold the design with your one hand away from the wall and using the squeegee, start applying the design onto the wall from the centre of the design using firm sweeping motions of about a 45 degree angle, from top to bottom and slowly moving towards the side of the design, always overlapping your strokes to prevent air bubbles. This step must be done properly or air bubbles will form.
  16. Once the first piece is applied to the wall, remove the masking tape hinge running down the centre of the design.
  17. Now you will start working with the second half of the design.
  18. Repeat step 5 with the second half of the design.
  19. Remove the backing paper as per step 8.
  20. Repeat step 15.
  21. Rub down firmly with the squeegee over the entire design several times.
  22. Leave the design to sit on the wall for 30 minutes to allow the adhesive to stick to the wall firmly.
  23. Rub the design down once more with the squeegee.
  24. Rub over the design with your fingers to make sure that all detailed areas adhere to the wall properly.
  25. Start peeling the transfer film off the design SLOWLY at a sharp angle to itself.
  26. If a part of the design comes away from the wall, lie the transfer film flat and rub the design with your hand before starting to peel again SLOWLY.
  27. Rub over the design with your hand or felt edged squeegee and make sure all parts are firmly adhered to the wall.
  28. For large designs, it is recommended that at least two people apply the design.



Use a hair dryer on a low setting to reactivate the glue on the vinyl and press down onto the surface again.

Use a thin layer of craft glue or word glue on the back of the decal in the area that won’t stick. Use a scraper to remove any air bubbles and excess glue and apply pressure until dry.

Will vinyl wall products stick to any surface?

Vinyl wall lettering and art will stick to almost any non-porous smooth surface such as painted walls, windows, glass, mirrors, tile, smooth metal, and wood that is sealed. Lightly textured walls are usually acceptable, but medium to heavy textures are not.

Vinyl wall products will not adhere to rough or uneven surfaces such as cinder block, brick, stucco, unfinished wood, or any other surface that is porous and bumpy. Walls with flat, semi-gloss, and gloss paint are generally favorable.

The compatibility of speciality paints, high gloss paint, faux paint finishes, glazes, lacquers, wallpapers, or any other questionable textures or surfaces should be tested prior to applying vinyl products. It is strongly recommended to test a sample on the area before placing your design.