How To Apply Lettering & Graphics  
  Applying vinyl lettering and graphics is easy, and no prior experience is required.
See the overview for a quick explanation or browse our detailed instructions.

 


If you're experiencing any application problems see additional tips & techniques


 
 
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(IMPORTANT!  Do not attempt to apply vinyl lettering to a freshly painted wall. 
We recommend paint cures for 3 weeks before wall lettering is applied to it.  Also,
the minimum application temperature of the room where you're applying the lettering
or if applying outdoors is 50˚ F or warmer)
 
 
 
 
 
 

(1)  For ease of application this step is important!  With the lettering on a smooth surface (facing up and readable) use the included plastic applicator to rub across all of the lettering various times.  Work over the lettering horizontally and vertically.
 


 


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(2) Make sure to clean the surface where you’re installing the lettering. The application surface must be non-porous, smooth, dry, dust-free and grease-free. If it’s in the kitchen we recommend wiping the surface with glass cleaner (it degreases & leaves no residue). Allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Using a level or straight-edge, make 2 small pencil marks 12” apart or wider (as your phrase width allows) on a level line. These marks will determine the lay of your lettering so it’s critical they’re on a straight line and level. (if you don’t want to mark your wall use 2 pieces of tape as your marks)

 


 

(3) Align the TOP of the lettering strip with the reference marks. (Do not align the reference marks with the bottom of the strip.) Apply multiple pieces of tape along the top of the strip to create a “hinge” for the lettering (as pictured).

Hint: Be careful when erasing your reference marks, too much erasing can leave a shiny spot on the wall.

(Installing a wide phrase requires a special technique. If your lettering strip is wider than 36 inches see “Additional Tips & Techniques”)
 


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(4) Grip the lettering from the bottom and swing the strip up 180 degrees on the masking tape “hinge” you just created. When you’re finished the strip should be upside down, flat against the wall with the grid-marked backing facing you.
 



 

(5) Starting from a corner separate the thick waxy backing paper from the transfer tape/lettering by doubling the paper over on itself creating a tight bend at the point where it releases from the transfer tape/lettering, and sliding it downward and away. (If you’re having any difficulty with this step see “Additional Tips & Techniques”)
 



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(6) Once you have completely removed the backing paper, swing the lettering 180 degrees back down so that the adhesive side of the lettering is resting lightly against the wall. Starting in the center, press the lettering to the wall with your hands, slowly sliding from the center outward in all directions. After the first pass, take a few moments to go over the lettering with your hands pressing all the characters firmly to the wall. You may also use the plastic applicator to rub over the lettering for best adhesion.
 


 


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Remove the pieces of masking tape that form your “hinge”. Start in a corner and grip the transfer tape and just as you did with the backing paper, double the mask over on itself tightly and slide it down and away as pictured. If the transfer tape begins to lift a letter off the wall, carefully press the lettering and transfer tape back to the wall at that specific point. Press firmly on the problem spot with your thumb. Begin again to peel down and away making sure to double the mask over on itself as tightly as possible at the point where it’s releasing from the lettering. (If you’re having any difficulty with this step see “Additional Tips & Techniques” )
 


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Closely examine the lettering to see if any edges are lifting off the wall or if there are any air bubbles under the vinyl. Press the vinyl edges to the wall if they’re lifted up anywhere. You can usually work air bubbles out pushing them toward the letter’s edge with your finger. If this isn’t possible you can lightly prick the bubble with a pin and press the air out of the bubble via the pinhole. You won’t be able to see the pinhole once the air is out. Now step back and enjoy your new lettering!
 



 
 
 

Additional Tips & Techniques    

 
 
Wide lettering strip - how to apply it

Backing paper isn't coming off

Lettering won't release from the mask and stick to wall

 
 
 

Wide Lettering Strip - How to Apply it                    Top

 
 


 
 
 
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Lettering won't Release from the Mask and Stick to the Wall        Top
 
 

 
     
 

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