Step 1- Gather Tools
Your decal will arrive sandwiched between a clear application tape and a paper backing.
Step 2 - Prepare Decal
To ensure that the decal peels away from the paper backing and adheres properly to the application tape, lay the decal on a hard smooth surface, squeegee across the entire surface of the decal with firm pressure. You may also use the sharp edge of a credit card or rub firmly with your finger tips covering the entire surface.
Step 3 - Clean Application Area
Clean the area where the decals will be applied with a soft cloth dampened with alcohol or water with soap. make sure surface is super clean and let dry.
Step 4 - Remove Backing Paper
Carefully peel the application tape and decal away from the paper backing. If the decal does not peel away from the paper backing, repeat step #3. When you peel the application tape away from the paper backing the decal will adhere to the back of the application tape. The paper backing can be thrown away.
Step 5 - Begin Application
Hold the decal in position and stick the top or one side holding the other side up away from the surface.
Step 6 - Adhere Decal To Surface
Slowly rub or squeegee firmly across the surface of the decal using the application tool or the sharp edge of a credit card. The decals have a pressure sensitive adhesive so the harder you rub the harder it sticks. A heat gun or hair blow dryer can be used to carefully heat the decal for stronger adhesion.
Step 7 - Remove Application Tape
Remove the application tape by pulling gently in a downward motion. If a part of the decal starts to come up away from the surface rub it back down onto the surface while the tape is still in tact and press firmly, then proceed to remove the tape. Only the pieces will remain on the surface giving the appearance of being painted on.
Step 8 - Enjoy!
After the application process is complete, your decal will have a “painted on” look.
ORACAL FLIP TRICK
Many sign makers love Oracal vinyl because it weeds like a dream. Oracal vinyls are also thinner than most other intermediate vinyls, which makes them more conformable. Both of these are wonderful benefits for any sign maker.
But, as with many of the good things in life, there is a catch — Oracal’s thinner construction and great weeding characteristics come from a particularly dense face stock.
“So what’s the downside?” you ask. Getting it off the liner. Because Oracal is slightly denser, it tends to be slightly stiffer than most calendared plotter films. In fact, Oracal invented the ultra calendared film. New thinking coupled with new chemistry make for a film that is easy to weed. But it also means it’s a little harder to remove from the release liner.
Some of our customers have expressed frustration transferring Oracal films from the release liner once the weeding is done. So the wizards at Oracal have come up with solutions to this dilemma.
The best solution is the Oracal Flip Tip. Even with high tack tape, sometimes the vinyl just does not want to let go of that liner. To pry those bosom buddies apart, simply flip the vinyl over so that the letters are now face down, with the back of the liner face up. Then peel the liner at a 180° angle back along the table surface (not upward towards you). It sounds like a minor thing, but it will make a big difference in separating the vinyl from the liner. This works with many Oracal products, including best-selling 651 glossy intermediate film and the matte finish 631 Exhibition Cal.