Step 2 Car Decals

October 22, 2018 9:10 am by maryrosh
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Step 2 Car Decals

The most common detergent to use with this method is a couple drops of baby shampoo to about a quart of water. It works for applying vinyl as well as window tint. Spray on the object that you’re applying vinyl to, on the adhesive side of the vinyl, and on the outside of the vinyl to reduce the friction between your squeegee tool and the vinyl. A hair spray bottle is good, because you get a nice fine mist, just make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned out first!

Yes! Very nice instructions. And she was understandably happy.

I’m sure Tech Shop is a wonderful place to craft items like this. Unfortunately there isn’t any within hundreds of miles of me, and probably many other followers of Instructables Suffer the same problem. It seems Instructables is slowly drifting away from the “Do It Yourself at Home” community. While I applaud this project, I am not able to make this project, nor many others shown in Instructables without going to my friendly neighborhood Tech Shop 518 miles & 8.5 hours away. I am not throwing rocks at our friends at Instructables, and I would love to have a Tech Shop within a reasonable distance (12-20 miles).

Leave the transfer tape on the decal while it dries in place. While you may be able to remove the transfer tape immediately upon pressing the decal into the car, it’s best that you leave it to dry for a bit of time.

Waiting 30 minutes can make removing the transfer tape much easier and reduce the chances that you’ll pull any of the decal off with it.[11] Allowing the decal to sit in direct sunlight will make the transfer tape easier to remove.

Do not attempt to speed up the process by using a heat source such a hair dryer, as it may melt the decal.

Unpeel the backing as you go. As you apply more of the decal to the vehicle, peel more of the backing off to reveal more of the decal. Peel the backing off a few inches at a time to ensure you can keep the decal straight as you apply it without worrying about other parts sticking.

[10] Continue to apply the decal to the car while peeling back more of the backing as you progress.

I have been making and applying vinyl graphics for 28 years. (Longer than the girl with the smile in question has likely been alive) Don’t use contact paper, use transfer tape. If you have a $2000+ vinyl cutter, get some transfer tape. Grimco, Tubelite and many more sign suppliers carry this. It’s not expensive and works better.

Custom decals are a great way to make your car stand out, let your opinion be heard, or advertise your business. While many retailers can print and apply custom decals to your vehicle for you, doing the application yourself can save you money and allow for more control in exactly where and how the decals are placed. When applying custom decals to your car, patience is important. Take your time and pay close attention to the small details in order to create a great looking final product.

One of the posts below is correct – that is clear transfer tape. If you are applying several layers of vinyl, it’s great, otherwise, go with the cheaper paper transfer tape. The clear stuff is HORRIBLE with wet apply and even worse in the sun.

Use a credit card to press out any bubbles. With the transfer tape removed, you will be able to see the decal on the vehicle. It is normal for there to be some bubbling in the decal. Some of those bubbles are easy to remove by pressing a credit card or other flat tool onto the decal and pushing the bubble toward the edge.

[13] Be careful not to press a sharp edge into the decal or it may tear it. Small bubbles will disappear on their own over the first few days.

Place the decal on the vehicle to measure. Hold the decal up against the vehicle to get a sense of how it will look and if it will fit in the area you’ve chosen. This will give you a sense of how the decal will look and the best placement for it.

[2] Leave the protective backing on the decal so it doesn’t stick as you hold it against the vehicle. Ensure the vehicle is dry before pressing the decal and backing into it.

As for the alcohol, that is spot on. Best cleaner out there.

Clean the area. Once you have the area the decal will be applied determined, use a soft cloth and a mild cleaner on the surface of the car. Rubbing alcohol will clean the area well and evaporate quickly, making it a common choice.

[5] Do not simply spray the cleaner onto the car or it may soak the masking tape you’ve used as a guide. Apply cleaner to a rag and wipe where the decal will stick to the car.

Identify a location on the car for the decal. Before applying a decal, you must determine the location on the car you want to place it. This is particularly important for large decals that may extend onto multiple body components, as you will need to plan for applications that extend over gaps.

[1] Assess the area you want the decal to be placed and determine if it will fit there.

We used the vinyl cutter at TechShop. This machine takes our image and cuts it onto the sheet of vinyl.

Use pieces of masking tape to mark the location. Once you’ve measured out exactly where you want the decal to sit, tear off small pieces of masking tape and place them at each corner of where the decal will be applied.

[4] The masking tape will serve as a guide when you begin applying the decal. Masking tape will not damage the paint on the vehicle.

BTW, Just a pepperoni pizza should be fine. A meat lovers supreme might tip them off you have too much money to spend. – Unless you are in Athens, Ohio. The you should go to avalanche pizza.

After cleaning up the design, we cover the piece with contact paper so we can adhere it to a surface. Smooth out the contact paper so we can get good contact with the surface and reduce air bubbles.After this step our big decal is ready to be deployed.

Very cool, very detailed. By the looks of the photos Stephanie happy… Very happy…

Apply the corner of the exposed decal to the car. Use the tape on the car as a guide as you begin by applying the corner of the decal to the vehicle. Press the corner into the vehicle firmly, then use a straight edged tool such as a credit card to press more of the decal down in a controlled manner.

[9] Keep the decal pulled taught as you press it into the vehicle to prevent bubbling from occurring. Using a straight edged tool helps ensure you apply pressure over the entire decal, which will force out small bubbles.

If you are in Athens Ohio, go to Zonez on w. union street WITH THE PIZZAS and Bruce will fix everything.

also I use masking tape on one side of the decal when positioning it to make life easier. You hinge the decal on the masking tape and slowly remove the backing starting at the tape hinge and move away from it smoothing the decal down as you go. Just remember to keep checking that all the decal is coming off onto the transfer tape/film as you work.

Nice job, and if you need someone to do this for you, reach out to your local Signarama Sign Shop, they can do this for you!

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Also worth noting that vinyl application works best at room temperature, to hot and the vinyl is too flexible and any thin lines could get distorted.

I am sure the Lady shown has a great smile, but the camera person caught her in a Mid-Laugh crisis.

FYI, it is not contact paper, it is clear transfer tape. It also comes in paper form, much like masking tape. Contact paper is what you put in cabinets and drawers, and while it does come in clear, most of the time has a printed pattern. It would probably work similar though.

In this guide we’re making a vinyl car decal.Some background: Stephanie is the director of the San Francisco office of The Humane League, an animal protection organization. She gives presentations at schools and travels a lot for her outreach work. She came to a Hack for Animals night and we came up with the idea of converting her personal car into something that promotes her organization while she travels, so I helped her make this vinyl-cut sticker.This project was made on the vinyl cutter at TechShop.Materials: * Some vinyl sticker paper * Contact paper * Rubbing alcohol Equipment: * Vinyl cutter machine – I used the one at TechShop, I recommend looking for a maker space that may have one * Exacto knife * Dental tools or toothpicks * Squeegee

I’m sorry if this is creepy to say, but you have a beautiful smile! 🙂 Isn’t it great to be around happy/optimistic people?

Peel the transfer tape off. After thirty minutes or so, peel the transfer tape off starting at one corner. Peel the tape back slowly while watching for any areas the decal may peel back with the transfer tape.

If the decal begins to peel off with the tape, press the tape and decal back into place firmly, and begin peeling the tape away again from another angle.[12] Be careful not to tear the decal while removing the transfer tape.

Slow, steady movements are the best way to prevent damage to the decal.

Peel off the beginning of the backing. Depending on the size of the decal, you may choose to remove the entire backing or just a portion of it at a time. If the decal is larger than your forearm, you may want to peel off the backing in thirds to make application more manageable.

[8] Decals that are only a few inches long can have the backing completely removed. Only peel off a bit of the backing at a time for larger decals such as ones that will stretch the length of the vehicle.

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Not an exacto knife – get a cheap snap off blade knife. I have never been without one for 28 years and if you drop it it can be “resharpened” in a few seconds. If you really wanna go all out, get a stainless olfa knife. Sweet.

Start from one side and smooth out the sticker as you place it. This will help prevent airbubles. Use the squeegee to smooth out the sticker as you place it. After you place the sticker, remove the clear contact paper film. Be careful around the edges. After you remove the clear sheet, use your hands or the squeegee and push down the sticker for good adhesion. 

Use the rubbing alcohol to clean up the car door before placing the sticker. Remove dirt and any particles. 

+1 for this tip, it’s practically impossible to apply large and/or multicolored areas of sign vinyl whilst avoiding bubbles and rucks when dry (I speak from experience!) also try to avoid stretching the vinyl at any time in the process as it tends to pucker up, although, with sharply curved surfaces, a hairdryer or low setting heatgun will help the vinyl to comply nicely.

looks great, just thought I’d say that removing the negative space is known as weeding 🙂 love that someone called it that.

The wet method is most use when there are large areas of vinyl.

Allow the cleaned area to dry completely. Decals won’t stick as well to a wet surface, so either dry the area you cleaned with a towel or allow it to air dry completely before moving on. If you opt to use a towel, use a chamois cloth to avoid damaging the paint.

[7] Wait for the surface to be completely dry before applying the decal.

If you need to remove the sticker at any point, you can use a hair dryer to heat up the vinyl and it’ll come off a little easier.

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Using dental tools and an exacto knife we cut out the negative space in the design. It’ll take some time to get it all cleaned up. You want to end up with a piece that have your design stuck to the white backing.

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If you don’t have a hackerspace with a vinyl cutter, go to a sign shop around 11:45 am with 2 fresh hot pizzas. Just make sure you have VECTOR FILES on your flash drive. Forget Illustrator, unless you already have it. Download FREE Inkscape and save as a pdf after doing the vector conversion.

Three Parts:Positioning the DecalPreparing the Car for ApplicationApplying the DecalCommunity Q&A

Do not use any cleaner that leaves a film or oil on the car. Some cleaners like Windex or spray on cleaner-waxes leave a residue intended to help maintain shine. This residue will prevent the decal from sticking properly to the vehicle.

[6] Rubbing alcohol or basic car wash soap both will clean the area sufficiently. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly if you use car wash soap.

Use a tape measure to help center the decal. While you can get a solid sense of where you’d like the decal by holding it up against the vehicle, using a tape measure can help to ensure you have it placed properly.

[3] If you are placing identical decals on either side, ensure they are an equal distance from at least three points on the body of the car to make the placement match on either side. Measure the distance from things like the trunk lid, door or window.

You’ll need to create your artwork as a vector file. We started with a PNG logo and used live trace in Illustrator to convert it to a vector file.

The process of removing any negative space as you said is called weeding. You weed a sticker.

I misread the door I thought it said “The Human league”. Then I’m like why is there a picture of a pig?

damp the surface and the vinyl with a spray of dilute detergent it is easier to squeegee out air bubbles and the vinyl remains re-positionable for a short time after application. With the wet method you do need to wait about an hour before you can remove the application tape and a couple more hours before it is properly stuck.

When possible, do not apply wet. It will go quicker if you are really careful applying the vinyl. Although if you are reading this intructable, go ahead and do the wet apply. Just please dont use too much detergent. JUST enough to keep it from beading.

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