General Vinyl Application Instructions And Information:
Level of Installer
A handy person with proper instructions can install moderately sized Vinyl Decals. When installing decals larger than truck door- sized, it is suggested that an adequately experienced person do the installation.
We print and laminate to a material manufactured and purchased from reliable major suppliers. An adhesive adhesion problem is very unlikely and would involve and entire lot from the manufacturer. Our warranty extends to printing only unless it has been determined to come from a defective lot
of material. All other problems including adhesion issues are assumed to
be from improper conditions or be installation related.
Learn the Terms: Each decal (prior to installation) consists of 3 parts:
Please read this section carefully, especially if you are new to Vinyl Decal installations.
Application Paper is the Mask that we apply to your Decal that makes multiple letters stay together. It is necessary for us to apply this mask to make Decals ready for install. This Mask is either made of paper or plastic, depending on the characteristics of the decal.
This is the actual adhesive Decal that you have purchased. It is sandwiched between the application paper and the backing at the time of purchase. The Decal is what ends up installed to the surface.
The Backing is the wax paper that is applied to the "sticky” side of the decal. This Backing keeps the Decal from sticking to anything prior to install.
The Surface must be a Hard, Flat, and Non- Porous. Installation to any other surfaces is not recommended, unless you are an experienced Vinyl Installer. Special skills are needed to deal with major body lines, complex curves, corrugated surfaces, etc. We strongly suggest you wait at least 60 days after painting a surface before applying any decal, because should you ever wish to remove the decal the paint will come off with it if the paint is not properly cured before application.
Surface Temperature and Weather Conditions:
Adequate Surface Temperature and Weather Conditions are necessary before attempting to install a Decal.
Surface Temperature must be between 60°F and 90°F, with 70°F to 80°F
being the ideal range.
-It can’t be Raining or even Drizzling. Decals must be kept absolutely dry until installed.
-Try to avoid installing Decals in Direct Sunlight. Surface Temperatures in Direct Sunlight often change rapidly and are difficult to judge.
-Make sure there is No Wind present, Wind or Gusts Will cause a problem.
and Prepping Surface:
If surface is at all dirty, wash with soap and water rinse with water until there is no more soap or soap residue. Make sure Surface is absolutely dry before proceeding to next step.
Thoroughly wipe down the area of the Surface where Decal is to be applied with DZ Super Surface Prep or alcohol. Glass cleaners or other ammonia-based products are not recommended for this purpose, even with glass installations.
Once the surface is clean, installation may begin. A clean Surface will help to ensure that your Decal will stay in place for both the short and long run.Again, we strongly suggest you wait at least 60 days after painting a surface before applying any decal, because should you ever wish to remove the decal the paint will come off with it if the paint is not properly cured before application.