Wide Installation (Right to Left)
Here is a great video on how to install your wall decal from left to right.
Here's how to install one of the most basic decals. Your decal is wider from right to left than it is taller.
Things you'll need before you get started:
- Instructions (included)
- Painters Tape
- Squeegee (included)
- Xacto Knife (optional)
- Wet washcloth
Step 1: FLATTEN OUT YOUR DECAL
Clean, dry and smooth should describe your surface. If you've painted within the last 3 weeks make sure your paint is completely set.
Pull your decal out of your packaging box and unroll everything. Place heavy materials along the edge of the decal (ex. books, heavy boxes). Allow the decal to flatten out which should take around 2 hours.
Step 2: RUN SQUEEGEE TOOL ACROSS FRONT & BACK OF DECAL
Once your decal has flattened out. Take the squeegee tool that was included in the instructions you have and run it across the front and back of the decal over the transfer tape to get any existing bubbles and creases out before installing. It doesn’t have to be perfect but doing this will make the install easier.
The squeegee tool will be located in the clear pouch with the instructions. This will be located inside the box. If you lost your squeegee or can't find it a credit / debit card will do the same exact thing. Anything small and flat.
Step 3: POSITION & LEVEL YOUR WALL DECAL
Position your wall graphic on your wall where you plan to place it. Your decal is cut down as a rectangle for easy measuring. Secure your wall decal with painting tape at the top of the wall graphic. (The tape acts as a hinge for the project.) You can see your wall decal through its semi-transparent transfer tape.
Step 4: VERTICALLY PLACE TAPE DOWN THE MIDDLE
After your wall graphic is hinged with tape at the top going from left to right take another piece of painters tape and apply a piece vertically all the way down the middle of the graphic.
Step 5: REMOVE HORIZONTAL (LEFT TO RIGHT) TAPE
Peel off the painters tape you applied on the top of the graphic (running from left to right). Be sure the vertical piece of tape is still secured. Once the horizontal piece is removed a good trick to keep the decal up on the wall is to take two small pieces of tape and tape up the corners.
Step 6: PEEL BACK PAPER BACKING
Flip the right side of the wall decal over so you can see the back of the decal. The back of the decal will more than likely have a grid and will say either Oracal 631 or Oracal 651.
If your paper backing says Oracal 631 that means your wall decal is made for a smooth wall. If it says Oracal 651 that means your decal is made for a textured or orange peel wall. It is a much more aggressive vinyl than the 631.
Peel the paper backing away. The best angle to peel your paper away is at a 180 degrees. So don't pull towards you (90 degrees) but try to pull it from the wall. When you do this the sticker will be exposed and will be sticky so be very careful when removing the paper backing.
If you have issues with letters or parts of the decal wanting to stick to the paper. Put the paper backing back on the exposed decal and rub the back of the decal (paper grid side) with your squeegee tool and then start over. If you have any issues with one or two letters a xacto knife will come in easy to pop those pieces up from the paper backing.
Step 7: CUT PAPER BACKING
Cut the paper backing off the side you just pulled back. If your decal is really wide (from left to right) a good tip is to tape the very top corner of the decal to the wall so it will hold up while you are cutting the paper backing away.
Step 8.1: APPLY DECAL TO WALL
Hold the transfer tape tight and straight while applying it to the wall. Once you hit the wall rub just the corners of the transfer tape that are on the wall. Don't touch the decal yet. Rubbing down the the two corners helps hold the decal in place before you squeegee it down.
Step 8.2: USE SQUEEGEE TOOL TO APPLY DECAL
Use the squeegee tool to apply the graphic to the wall. It is key to start from the middle of the decal where the painters tape is located. Work your way outward, making a upward to downward motion until you have applied the whole exposed part of your decal.
Step 9: PEEL OFF PAINTERS TAPE - REPEAT STEPS 6 & 8
Peel off the last remaining painters tape. REPEAT STEPS 6, 8.1 & 8.2 You are now applying the other side of your wall decal.
Step 10: RUN HOT WATER OVER WASHCLOTH
Take a washcloth and run hot water over the washcloth. Make sure it’s nice and wet but wring out the washcloth.
Once your decal is up on the wall but you have not yet removed the transfer tape take your wet washcloth and rub it all over the transfer tape. The heat and moisture from the washcloth will help remove the adhesive grip from the transfer tape. Kind of like a temporary tattoo.
You can remove the transfer tape without getting it wet but from our experience getting the transfer tape wet helps out significantly. A issue that might happen when removing the transfer tape while dry is the lettering will stick to the transfer tape when removing it.
Step 11: PEEL OFF TRANSFER TAPE ONCE WET
Carefully peel off the sticky top layer of Transfer Tape. Peeling at 180 degree angle does help when peeling transfer tape away from the wall.
Step 12: YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR DECAL INSTALLER!
You are all finished up. Now enjoy the view of your new wall decal.