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Vinyl Application Tips




How to Apply Alphabet Garden Wall Decals

Please try the above suggestions before contacting us with problems of you wall decal not adhering to your wall. You will need to provide detail pictures of the issues you are having so we can best help you.

Your design my have creases from shipping. This will not harm or affect your vinyl designs.


Before you begin make sure there is no oil or dirt on your wall/surface or your design will not stick! Use a dry lint free cloth. For more stubborn dirt use only water, however wait 24 hours before installing your design after water has been applied to your surface. If your wall is newly painted, wait at least 3 weeks before you apply your decal or it may not adhere.


Place your design on a clean hard surface so that the backing paper (with the grid) is facing you and you are unable to see the design. Using your application card, burnish (rub) firmly on the backing several times to help the vinyl adhere to the front layer.


Decide where you would like to place your design onto your surface. Move design around until it is generally where you would like it to go.

Using blue painters or masking tape, place strips of tape along the top to hold your design in place. Make sure to use a sufficient amount of tape to secure and anchor your design. The tape will act as a hinge.

To ensure that your design is straight, align a level across top of the arrows on your design. Adjust your tape until your design is straight according to your arrows.

If you do not have a level, use a ruler to measure from the ceiling or a reference point above your design to your arrows.


Use the arrows, not the top of the application paper for a straight edge reference.


Flip your design up so that it is flat against your surface and the backing paper is facing you.


You tape is your anchor, if your tape isn’t secure after flipping it up and is starting to release from your surface, go back and secure before continuing.

Carefully and slowly peel the backing layer away at a 45 degree angle. Very slowly, roll it off at an angle along the surface, doing a wiggle pull motion; pull the backing paper away from the vinyl. If at any time the vinyl does not want to come off the backing paper, push down the paper again in that spot, then push with your finger and try pulling again. For more stubborn spots, help start the transfer by lifting the edge with your fingernail.


Do not touch the vinyl’s sticky side with your hands. The oil in your hands will prevent it from sticking.


Your hinge is there to help anchor your vinyl in place.(like an extra pair of hands!) With your hands, starting from the top and moving downward, gently smooth the vinyl onto your surface.

Next, using your application tool and working from the center out, rub over top of the vinyl design to help it adhere to the surface.


Starting from the top of the design, and using a slow, wiggle pulling motion, pull the top layer (the transfer tape) off at a 45 degree angle. Do not lift straight up.


We use a paper transfer tape (top layer) for your convenience. This layer needs to be removed or you will not have the professional hand painted look.

For Stubborn Release:

- Using more pressure, hold down the vinyl design with your finger against your surface as you pull off the top layer.

- Work with smaller pieces after peeling away part of the top layer and cut away at the excess.

- Run a hair blower on low heat across the design for a few seconds to heat up the adhesive allowing the vinyl to be easier to work with.

- If you are having difficulty getting your design to release from the transfer tape, moisten a sponge and use it to dampen the back of the tape (not the sticky side). This will help the design release from the tape. As you remove the transfer tape, press the design on the wall with your thumb or a dry cloth.


When applying more than one color, use the Hinge Method and Arrows for each piece. The arrows on each piece match up with each other for perfect alignment.

Vinyl Isn't Sticking! Below are situations that could cause our vinyl decals from sticking to your surface.
  1. Not properly preparing the surface making sure it is free of dust, lint and residue.
  2. Washing the wall before adhering it to the wall. The wall must be completely dry before beginning. If the wall has been washed, you must wait at least 48 hours before trying to adhere the decal.
  3. For some reason, certain paints will reject the decal making it difficult to adhere.
  4. Adhering the decal after newly painting the wall. It is crucial to let the paint cure, even if it looks dry, it isn't ready for wall decals unless it has been at least 3 weeks.
  5. During application vinyl decals that have been touched by fingers during application will release the oils from fingers making it difficult for the vinyl to stick to the wall.
  6. Too much wall texture. Our vinyl is designed to mold over the "peaks and valleys" of the wall texture. However if the wall has more "peaks" than "valleys" it doesn't allow the vinyl to grasp on to the wall and adhere properly.
  7. Waiting too long to put up your vinyl decal. One of the reasons Alphabet Garden Designs wall decals are not available on store shelves is the adhesive weakens when they sit after cutting.

Still having trouble?

Our decals our custom cut for you and should be adhered shortly within ordering for best results. Having it sit around will lessen the adhesive causing it to not stick well.
  1. Ensure all edges are SECURELY pressed onto surfaces. They will help the rest of the vinyl stay.
  2. Use adhesive sprays for mounting photographs and glue sticks to help you with stubborn parts. These are products that will not harm your wall.
  3. If bubbles are a problem, CAREFULLY puncture with a small sharp object (pin) and allow air to escape. Carefully rub the spot to allow the air to push out, do not pull or stretch the vinyl with your finger. The vinyl will then self heal and won't show the pin hole.