Application Tips and Tricks

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Pro Cut Signs wants to help you in applying your graphics.

The Surface Temperature should be between 60°F [15.5°C] and 90°F Degrees [32°C], with 70°F [21°C] to 80°F Degrees [26.5°C] being the Ideal Range
Application Surface MUST BE Completely Clean and free of any Dust, Oils, Wax or other Debris and Completely Dry before Installation. If you're Applying the Decal to Glass, We Recommend using Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to Clean the area Decal is being Applied to. If you are using Windex or another Ammonia-Based Cleaner to Clean the Surface, Dry the area Completely before Applying the Decal; the Ammonia interferes with the Adhesive. Any Surface Contamination such as Bad Bodywork, Rust, Dust or other Debris will show through and Spoil your Final Result.

How to Apply Rub On Decals
Step 1: Lay Decal on a flat smooth surface with the Transfer Tape facing upwards. Rub over the entire Decal firmly using your hands or any object like a Credit Card. This will help make sure that your Decal will stay Adhered to the Top Layer when being Peeled away from the Paper Backing.
Step 2: When applying Decals, it may be Necessary to first Tape the Decal to the area you are applying it to. Use Small Pieces of Masking Tape on the Upper Corners to hold it in place where you want to apply your Decal. Line up your Decal and make sure it is straight.
Once desired position is achieved; Use a Long Piece of Masking Tape to go along the Top Edge of the Decal; with Half the Tape on the Decal and the other Half on your Surface.
Step 3: Flip the Decal up using the Masking Tape you applied along the top as a Hinge and Carefully Peel the Paper Backing away Exposing only the Top Half of the Decal. Leave the Bottom Half with the Paper Backing still attached to the Decal for Protection.
Step 4: Holding the bottom of your Decal away from the Surface, Use a Credit Card or similar type object with an Even Edge and begin to Lightly Rub down the Decal EVENLY from CENTER, from Top to Bottom until you reach the end.
This is your Big Opportunity to Avoid Bubbles and Creases by going SLOWLY and applying EVENLY
Step 5: Once you have all the Paper Backing Removed from the Decal, and the Decal is on the Surface; Use your Credit Card to Firmly smooth out or remove any Bubbles. Work Bubbles to the Outer Edges of the Decal.
Step 6: Firmly go over the entire Decal, smoothing it out and ensuring that your Decal has Properly been Adhered to the Surface. You do not want your Decal peeling off with the Transfer Tape, so make sure you have went over the entire Decal using Firm Pressure.
Decals have a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, the Harder you Rub the Harder it Sticks, also the Longer you let it sit the Stronger the Adhesive will Adhere
Step 7: Start from the Top Right-Hand Corner [any Corner is Fine] and SLOWLY pull away the Transfer Tape at a Sharp Angle, [Because it will want to Resist]. Keep Peeling until all the Transfer Tape is Removed. Remember to go SLOWLY to Avoid Tearing the Tape or the Decal itself. If part of the Decal wants to come up with the Tape; Place the Decal back so the part that was not Sticking is back on the Surface. Use your Hand to Firmly Rub the Decal back on the Surface. Slowly Peel away and Continue Removing the Transfer Tape. If is still does not Adhere, make sure that area is Clean and try it again.

After the Transfer Tape has been Removed, you may find that you have a few Bubbles. They will disappear on their own after a week or two.