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How to Apply Car Decals

You will need to Apply Decals

Step 1. You will need...

A water spray, ruler/measuring tape, masking tape, squeegee (a credit card with a peice of cloth wrapped around makes a good substitute), a cloth and a sharp knife.

Hold in place with masking tape

Step 2. Hold in place with masking tape

After the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, offer the graphic to the surface of the vehicle and hold in place with masking tape, ensuring the decal is correctly lined up.

Remove back half and spray with water

Step 3. Remove back half and spray with water

Remove half of the backing paper and spray a generous amount of water onto the sticker and the surface of the vehicle.

Smooth down with squeegee

Step 4. Smooth down with squeegee

Using firm pressure, smooth the decals down with a squeegee, squeezing as much water out from behind the graphic as is possible.

Repeat for remaing half

Step 5. Repeat for remaing half

Repeat the above process for the remaining half of the graphic.

Peel away applicator tape slowly

Step 6. Peel away applicator tape slowly

Once as much water as possible has been squeezeed out from behind the graphics, allow the remainder to dry. You can use a heat gun on its lowest setting to help speed up the process.

Peel back the applicator tape slowly, at a sharp angle, ensuring the lettering remains stuck in place.

Overlay to create 3D effect

Step 7. Overlay to create 3D effect

With this particular van, a 3D effect has been acheived by overlaying a contrasting coloured graphic, using the same technique as above.

Stand back and admire

Step 8. Stand back and admire!

Stand back and admire your handy work. If any air or water bubbles remain, these can be removed by lancing the vinyl with a pin or point of a knife.

 

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