How to Install a Sticker: A Simple Guide
BOO-YA! Your bomb-diggity custom stickers have just arrived. Now it’s time to install them. So how the heck should you do it? Well, I’ll tell you in this short guide.
Preparing for The Install
Prior to sticker application, we recommend keeping these three things in mind.
Stickers apply best to smooth, non-porous surfaces like glass, steel, tile and painted drywall.
Room temperature is 60 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the ideal temperature margin for vinyl sticker application. Keep this in mind when applying bumper stickers in a garage or outdoors.
These are the tools you will need:
- Light cleaning agent in a spray bottle. Warm soapy water works well.
- Paper Towels
- Masking tape
- Tape Measure
- Squeegee, credit card or small, flat, hard edged object.
Step One: Clean & Dry Surface
Clean the surface with a light cleaning solution, like warm soapy water or rubbing alcohol. Using an absorbent towel, dry off the surface. If you have used a paper towel, make sure there aren’t any bits left behind. If debris is left on the surface, then the adhesive will stick to that instead of your bike, laptop car, etc.
Step Two: Tape to Surface
Next, grab your masking tape and use it to hold the sticker in place, kind of like a seatbelt.
Step Three: Level & Measure
Once you have the sticker secured to the surface, using a line of text as a place to measure from, level off the sticker.
Step Four: Peel & Cut Bottom Half of Backing
Peel back and cut off the bottom half of the sticker backing..
Step Five: Apply to Surface
Using your squeegee, or similar object, press and apply the sticker to the surface, beginning on one side and working your way in a zig-zag pattern to the other side..
Take your time working your way across as air bubbles can occur with haste.
Step Six: Remove the Tape
When the sticker is smooth and air bubble free, gently remove the masking tape.
Step Seven: Peel & Remove Top Half of Backing
Carefully peel off the top half of the sticker backing.
Step Eight: Press and Apply
Take your adorable squeegee or similar flat edged object and press down using pressure to slowly apply the sticker to the surface with the same zig-zag motion as before.
Again, be patient and take your time to avoid air bubbles. The End.