Ever turn a nice decal into a wad of crap and wreck your paint job in the process?
Learn the true secrets here. The same methods work with bumperstickers, contact paper, etc.
Don, Dan, and Vincent bust out the masterful skills and put some major decals on the catamaran "Nalani".
They printed these decals on a huge inkjet printer/sign cutting machine made by Roland.
The decals come attached to some heavy shiny paper with some thinner cover paper over them.
So it's a sandwich with three layers, decal in the middle.
Step 1: Big Tape at Top
Face the decal with the tissue paper cover toward you.
Tape the decal at the top edge using the biggest masking tape you can find.
Don and Vincent are using foot wide masking tape. Don says "that tape is the hinge".
Step 2: Cut the Decal Into Sections
That's easier if you cut it into sections.
That way you can deal with one area at a time.
Don wields the big scissors.
Step 3: Final Cleaning
Dan carefully wipes the surface with a wet cloth.
When it's clean enough it will gleam like in the second photo.
Step 4: The Soapy Water Secret
That way the decal doesn't stick in place immediately. They can reposition it if necessary.
It makes it possible to to squeegee out any wrinkles or bubbles.
The soap and water dries in a few minutes and the decal is firmly affixed.
Vincent says: "use 5 or 10% max liquid dish soap mixed with water, it doesn't really matter what kind of soap it is."
This method would also work with window tint gels.
Step 5: Peel Off the Heavy Paper
Reach underneath and peel off the heavy paper that covers the adhesive side of the decal.
Be very careful now, keep the decal flat and straight and don't touch it to the surface yet.
Don't do this on a windy day or with people throwing crap at you.
Step 6: Smooth It On
Step 7: Peel and Apply Method
Don and Vincent demonstrate.
Step 8: Squeegee It Down
Step 9: Peel Off the Cover Paper
If the cover paper rips that's okay as long as the decal underneath isn't damaged.
Step 10: Final Squeegeeing
They spit soapy water when they exit the edge.
Don yells "hey!".
Vincent says "It's not bodily fluids" in his mix of all the world's accents.
Step 11: Oops!
Dan positions and applies it to line up with the rest of the flower using the same techniques we've seen earlier.
Step 12: Finished!
He poses for a photo with the finished masterpiece to send to her.