DIY Vinyl Application Instructions

Our vinyl lettering and Graphics are supplied in a ready-spaced word format and comes complete on it’s own application tape.

How it arrives

Your Vinyl Lettering /Graphic arrives to you in once piece with three layers.

1. The Top layer is the application tape.  – used to guide the vinyl on your surface – It is the last layer to be peeled off.

2. The Middle layer is the vinyl lettering or graphic ( already weeded out ready to apply ) with a self adhesive side sticking it to the ‘Back Layer’  that will be used to stick your vinyl against the surface when you peel off this layer.

3. The Back layer is the backing paper. – Peeled off first ( after measurements are taken and placement of vinyl  is correctly aligned on the surface.

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Example of Vinyl Sign being prepared at our workshop

 

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Suggested Tools Required:

  • Squeegee (or two bank cards, back to back.)
  • Soft Cloth
  • Wax pencil or chalk
  • Straight Edge
  • level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pin
  • Masking tape

Preparation of Vinyl Product

1. Lay the Vinyl product on table application tape side up

2. Use your squeegee ( or card )  and wipe over the whole area using plenty of pressure. (This will stick the Vinyl to the application tape and semi release it from the backing paper ready to use.)

— do not use WATER on the vinyl itself –( wet method not recommended )

Preparation of Glass

The Glass surface MUST be thoroughly cleaned and free of all oils, waxes, dust and dirt. Use a drop of baby shampoo in warm water to wash your window and then wipe away with the Squeegee. Wait for the glass to dry naturally as anything you use to rub the window down will reapply grease and make affect the Vinyl sticking to it later.

Don’t pull any tape off the back or front of your product  yet.

How to Apply Vinyl to Glass

The Butterfly Hinge Method

-is used when you have a long thin graphic such as a line of text.

Method: Create a vertical “hinge” in the middle of the graphic with tape and Flip each side back towards the middle and peel off the backing and press down from the center outwards to each end.

The Top Hinge Method

-is used when you have a graphic with a similar width and height.

Method: Flip the graphic up and carefully remove the backing. Flip it back down without letting it touch the surface

The first steps for both techniques are the same

Vinyl Temporary Placement and Measurements

Please take your time as it is impossible to undo if you get the angles wrong after it is stuck to the window.

Measure where you are going to lay the Vinyl on the window.

Make a vertical 1 cm center mark with your chalk  in the middle of the Window ( on the opposite side ) at the exact height you want the lettering or graphic decal to lay.

Using your level and straight edge – draw a  straight line with your chalk out from the center mark

Make sure your line is exactly horizontal after you have drawn it with level or you decal/ lettering will look level when applied to this line.

Place the Vinyl lettering/graphic accurately on the surface using the Horizontal lines of the text or graphic as a guide matched to your  drawn lines . –  place a  piece of small masking tap top right and top left  to temp hold it onto the glass so you can adjust the sign up and down on your line.

( you will be able to see the vinyl graphic or text edges through the top tape layer when placed against the glass – always use the Vinyl edges middle layer as your guide and not the back layer)

** finally place your level along the line of test and make sure it is straight

Apply Vinyl : Top Hinge Method

**if you have a block of text or a graphic piece of vinyl – this is the preferred method

Use a wide strip of masking tape to stick the top edge to the surface. – run it half over the glass and top of vinyl piece. This becomes a Top hinge for the Vinyl application process.

NOTE: before removing the bottom tape – please take a final look at the vinyl on your window and see if it ok

Place your Level on the vinyl text line or graphic horizontal line seen through the top tape and and make sure the bubble is centered – ( you should also check vertically)
Stand back and view it – ( hanging with the temp tape at the top)  – does it look ok and not running down or up the glass ?

Remove Bottom layer ( backing)

When you are happy that it is level on all sides

Lift the vinyl lettering/graphic decal top piece from the bottom and pull away a small area of the backing layer from top edge underneath.

Holding the base part out from the glass  slowly continue to unpeel the backing underneath from the top down while also using the squeegee with light pressure, start from top centre and with horizontal strokes  apply the vinyl to stick to the glass.

Carry on this way removing more sections of backing each time. (for large signs this can be done in sections between letters)

(( hint — if your sign is more than 500mm wide and is a block with a few lines of text – – while it is taped at the top —  you can carefully CUT up the sign between the letters with a scissors from the bottom up  so that you have a smaller area to work with at a time — but be confidant that you do not cut through any vinyl itself  )

TO AVOID WRINKLES HOLD THE LETTER AWAY FROM THE GLASS WHILE SQUEEGEEING IT
DOWN)

Remove Top Layer

Once you are sure the vinyl letter or Vinyl graphic is securely attached to the glass surface, remove the top layer or application tape layer  diagonally at a 180° angle back over itself  ( from top right corner pull down to the left ) being careful NOT to lift any vinyl product off the glass. If it starts to come away simply lay the top layer back over the vinyl and press hard down to stick it back to the glass.

Finish off

When your finished, rub entire graphic with a soft cloth paying particular attention to the edges.

Remove any air bubbles by puncturing the bubble at one edge with a pin, then squeegee the trapped air towards and out of the puncture.

Rub entire graphic area again with a soft cloth paying particular attention to the edges.

Apply Vinyl : The Butterfly Hinge Method

**if you have a long line of text – this is the preferred method

place the one line vinyl text job piece ( don’t remove anything yet )against  the glass and stick with small piece of your masking tape either end to temp hold it in place while you measure.

Put your straight edge on the vinyl text edge of job piece and adjust it up or down ( re-stick tape to suit ) until the job is straight on the glass (( you can also you the drawn inside glass chalk straight edge as a guide too )

Using a piece of masking tape, place it perpendicular to the middle of the graphic ( if possible in a break or space between the words and not onto the vinyl )  and then up onto the glass ( both ends )  to create a vertical center hinge.

Pick up the right side of the Job piece and flip it back towards the centre slowly peel the backing paper off as close to the tape hinge as possible while holding the top layer away from the surface. The top piece and the backing piece are now in 2 parts – while holding the top piece away from the glass — using your scissors cut the backing piece off close to the center hinge.

 

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While STILL holding the top piece away from the glass – use your squeegee and starting pressing it down from the center moving it to the RIGHT slowly pushing the top piece onto the glass – using horizontal strokes apply the vinyl to stick to the glass.

Do the same for the left side –remove the backing completely and use your squeegee and starting pressing the top piece down onto the glass from the center moving to the LEFT slowly pushing the top piece onto the glass – using horizontal strokes apply the vinyl to stick to the glass.

Remove Top Layer

Once you are sure the vinyl letter or Vinyl lettering is securely attached to the glass surface, remove the top layer or application tape layer  diagonally at a 180° angle back over itself  ( from top right corner pull down to the left ) being careful NOT to lift any vinyl product off the glass. If it starts to come away simply lay the top layer back over the vinyl and press hard down to stick it back to the glass.

Finish off

When your finished, rub entire graphic with a soft cloth paying particular attention to the edges.

Remove any air bubbles by puncturing the bubble at one edge with a pin, then squeegee the trapped air towards and out of the puncture.

Rub entire graphic area again with a soft cloth paying particular attention to the edges.

 

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