How to Apply Wall Decals
If you’re worried that applying wall decals will be difficult or time-consuming, don’t be! Our peel and stick fabric and vinyl wall decals are both incredibly easy to apply and are repositionable, reusable, removable.
Here’s a quick video with an overview of how to apply wall decals. We’ve also popped more detailed instructions on applying wall decals beneath the video. Also, please note that you receive instructions on how to apply wall decals in every Wall Dressed Up order!
Tips for Applying Wall Decals
Before jumping into the detailed instruction on how to apply wall decals, here are a few things to keep in mind before decorating your walls.
- Make sure that your wall is clean and free of dust.
- If you have just painted your walls, please wait 2 weeks before you apply your decals. Paint has to “cure” and if you apply too soon, the wall decals may have trouble adhering to the wall as the paint dries and releases moisture.
- Our decals can be repositioned as long as the decal stays free of dust and debris. These decals are repositionable for decorative purposes only and will last a long time.
- If your child is very young and might put decals in their mouth, please apply at a height where they can’t get at them!
- Feel free to use our removable wall decals on glass, furniture, and lampshades, lockers, etc.
- Decals can be removed and stored on original backing paper if you want to reuse them somewhere else or you are moving. Save your backing paper in your tube!
How to Apply Peel-and-Stick Metallic and Vinyl Decals to Wall
Here’s how to apply our peel-and-stick metallic or vinyl wall decals:
- Peel off the backing sheet and carefully stick one edge down first and smooth onto the wall with finger to get rid of any air bubbles.
- To prevent tearing of vinyl decals, just take off sheet carefully.
- If you make a mistake when laying them out, you can sometimes remove and carefully reposition, but be very careful because they can rip. They are not made to be repositionable, only removable.
- To remove from wall, simply peel back slowly and carefully (we find that warming them with a blow dryer helps in taking them off if they have been up a while).
How to Apply Metallic and Vinyl Decals Using Transfer Tape
Finally, here’s how to apply our metallic and vinyl wall decals with transfer tape:
There are three layers to our wall decals that use transfer tape:
- Top layer — clear transfer tape masking that you can see through
- Middle layer — vinyl decal
- Bottom layer — white backing paper
- With all three layers together, rub the top clear layer hard with the applicator tool. This is to adhere the decal to the front/top clear layer and off of the white back paper.
- Cut individual decals apart if necessary for your design, through both clear and backing paper, cutting around the design.
- At this stage, you may have to rub hard on a corner, to get the decal sticking to the clear sheet (totally worth this extra effort!).
- Carefully remove the white backing paper, leaving you with the decal adhered to the clear front, the adhesive side of decal exposed.
- One by one, place decals where you want them on the wall (you can use a small piece of tape to place).
- Starting from the top or center, firmly rub the entire decal with the applicator tool until it has completely adhered to the surface. Pay special attention to the edges and tips of the decal. If the decal does not totally adhere, keep clear transfer tape on and firmly rub edges again.
- Slowly peel away transfer tape from the wall at an angle and discard.
- You can smooth decals completely on your wall with your fingers and if there are any air bubbles smooth out to the corner. Stubborn bubbles can be popped with a pin to release air if you can’t move the air bubble to an edge on very large decals.
Please note: Our metallic and vinyl wall decals are removable from most surfaces. However, we cannot guarantee this since all walls and paints differ.