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8 Vital Decal Installation Tips & Tricks

8 Vital Decal Installation Tips & Tricks

It can seem daunting, can’t it? What to do with all those large graphics you have just procured through Ferrari Color? Whether you have one extra large building graphic or multiple window graphics for your retail stores across the country, Ferrari Color makes it easy to get your graphics installed exactly where and when you want them. Our in-house team of installers is ready to get your graphics up where they belong. What if your location is out of state? No problem! We have installation partners across the country that can help wherever you are!

Decal Installation Tips and Tricks

When it comes to installing graphics, we recommend using one of our qualified installers. But if you are in a position where you need to self-install a basic graphic, here are some tips to that may help you:

Thoroughly clean the surface area.

Before applying graphics, you must carefully clean the entire surface.

Glass surfaces need to be wiped down with a window cleaner, and then any remaining dust or lint needs to be removed. If there’s glue or tape on the surface area, gently remove it using a single edge razor blade.

Painted surfaces should be cleaned with solvent, like Naphtha. Also, let freshly painted surfaces dry 72 hours before applying your graphics.

Maintain an appropriate temperature.

When installing graphics, the temperature range of the room and the intended surface needs to be between 45-90 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results. If you’re in an area that experiences very high humidity, this could affect the application process.

Installing Decal Graphics

Decal graphics are a top product of Ferrari Color. Our clients love them because they’re an economical way to attract attention and generate more sales. Plus, they’re fairly easy to install and last along time with the proper care.

With decal installation, you need a small cutting knife or razor blade, a spray bottle filled with a mixture of water and dish soap, plastic squeegee, dry towel, and a two-inch roll of masking tape. Once you have your graphics and these items, follow these eight steps:

  1. Use a few small pieces of tape to properly place the graphic to the intended surface.
  2. Apply one horizontal strip of masking tape to the top of the graphic, creating a “hinge” with one inch of tape on the graphic and the surface.
  3. Remove the liner to reveal the vinyl’s sticky backing. Save this piece for later, and don’t let the exposed graphic touch the surface.
  4. Spray the surface with the water and soap mixture.
  5. Working from top to bottom, use the squeegee to place the graphic to the surface.
  6. After getting the graphic in its proper position, start at the center and work your way outward, forcing the water out underneath the graphic.
  7. Once most of the water is removed, spray the top of the graphic with the water and soap mixture. Wait for the pre-mask paper to get soggy, and then gently remove the pre-mask.
  8. Use the piece of leftover liner to squeegee any remaining water bubbles. Apply hard pressure to get rid of the remaining water or air bubbles.

So you can have these instructions at the ready, download and print out the handy step-by-step PDF and you’ll be good to go!

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