Installing a Vinyl Wall Decal
Awesome! Your new wall art from Scripture Wall Art arrived in the mail. You are so excited to get it up on the wall. But, wait, you have never done this before. No worries, we are going to walk you through it step by step. It’s very simple and after you do one, you will practically be a pro!
Let’s Start with Some Prep Work
Have you identified exactly where you are putting your wall art? You will want to choose a surface that is relatively flat. The smoother it is the better the decal will adhere. However, the walls in my house are very HEAVILY textured and I have tons of wall arts up. You can apply a Scripture Wall Art on many different surfaces. Mirrors, windows, and walls are the most common.
We will be doing ours today on a wall since that is the most common application.
So, choose your spot on the wall and give it a quick wipe with a dry cloth. We just want to get any surface dirt off. If you are installing in a kitchen or a bathroom you will probably want to clean the wall with a surface cleaner such as Windex. Often in wet rooms, a film can build up on walls. Make you let the wall dry completely before applying the decal.
Now, your wall art arrived in a mailing tube just like the one below in most cases.
Open one end of the tube and carefully slide the wall art out. You will find it rolled up and taped. Many other companies will fold their wall arts and mail them in an envelope. This saves them money but is not the right way to ship them. At Scripture Wall Art we always ship in a tube to ensure that your wall art arrives in near perfect condition.
Untape the wall art, just the little piece of tape holding it in a roll. Carefully unroll it. It is best to either lay it flat and put some flat objects on it to flatten; however, you can carefully reverse roll it also.
It should look something like this now.
Perfect! We are now ready to apply the decal to your wall.
The Parts of Your Wall Art
Your Scripture Wall Art or vinyl wall decal is composed of three distinct layers. On one side the layer is called transfer tape and is basically a very large piece of masking tape. On the other side is what is called the backing paper. It has a more distinct paper feel to it. And there, sandwiched between those two layers, you can see your wall decal.
Basically, we are going to remove the paper backing, place the wall art on the wall with the transfer tape, and then peel off the transfer tape. So, let’s do this. And please remember we are only an email away. If you run into any difficulties just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you through it.
Remove the Backing Paper
Place the wall art on a flat surface with the tape side down and the paper side up. Separate the tape from the paper at a corner like below. Please note I flipped this over for the picture but you will peel the paper off with the wall art flipped the other way. Slowly peel off the back paper at about a 45-degree angle. Just go slow and steady carefully watching to make sure the decal is staying on the tape. Occasionally a small piece of backing paper with rip and stay on the decal. Do not worry about that now but we will need to pick it off later. (this doesn’t often happen).
When you are done, your wall art will look like this. Yes, it should be backward. It will go on your wall and be forwards when you see it.
Let’s Get It On The Wall
Now, you can just carefully pick up the wall art and stick it on the wall where you want it. It is rather sticky so be careful. Make sure you align it right where you want it. Typically you only get one shot at doing this. You may want to pre-mark your wall to ensure it is level. Depending on the wall art, this may or may not matter.
Now, you have the wall art up and still covered with the transfer tape. You want to rub the wall art down on the surface with good pressure. Many times you will see it is recommended to use a small flat tool such as a credit card to apply the decal. In most cases, this is bad advice. Many companies even include a tool but this creates many problems. The flat tool only works if your surface is completely flat. On any surface that has any texture, the flat tool is a mistake. Since most walls are textured, we do not recommend using a tool of any type. Personally, I just rub the decal down with my palm. the palm is firm enough to apply good pressure but also soft enough to help get the wall decal into the low spots of the texture.
Just rub the whole thing down really well.
Let’s Take Off the Transfer Tape
Now, start at one corner and slowly start removing the transfer tape. Basically, the stickiness of the decal is greater than the stickiness of the tape. So the decal is going to want to stay on the wall. However, depending on the amount of texture your wall has and also the type of paint, the wall art may or may not want to adhere well. In this example, I was installing on a glossy wall. Wall decals do not adhere well to glossy walls. Most glossy paint is designed so that dirt and such won’t adhere making the walls very easy to clean.
If the decal wants to stay on the tape, just slowly rub that spot back down really well and pull the tape very slowly while sliding your other hand over the decal. Slow and steady is the key here. If you notice a spot that came just slowly rub it back down. Please note, that it can be easy to not notice that a period or something didn’t stick. You may not see it until the tape is completely off. No worries, That little dot can be taken off the tape separately and stuck on the wall manually.
When you are done, your wall art will be completely on the wall
Now, you are pretty much done but if you had a hard time getting the wall art to adhere you will want to carefully rub the wall art down with your palm. This will ensure good adhesion and a longer life for your wall decal.
You just installed your wall decal. Don’t forget, if you need help, just send us an email at email@example.com.