1) When applying a vinyl decal to wood work slowly and methodically to get the best final result.
Some wood finishes will not accept a vinyl decal while other wood finishes will allow vinyl decals to stick well. Consider using a test vinyl piece to test adhesion rather than a sacrificial decal to check if you chosen spot will work.
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Step 1: Place Decal on Wood Without Backing : DATATIST Decal
When cutting the decals if you did not leave a straight edge or a 90 degree corner consider using a sharpie to draw a line across the bottom of the letters of the decal for best alignment with the finished wood application location.
Step 2: Squeegee in Place
Step 3: Begin to Remove Plastic Sheeting : DATATIST Decal
If you maintain a constant 45 degree angle to the stencil (see image) and pull back (165 degrees plus to initial surface) instead of up and away (~90 degrees to surface) you will get better final results.
Step 4: When Errors Occur With Vinyl Decals
When this occurs simply put the plastic sheeting and the vinyl decal back into place, apply finger squeegee technique (and/or rigid squeegee) to re-adhere decal to surface.
When an error occurs make a special effort to slow down and repair the problem rather than giving up and wasting a decal or creating an imperfect application.
In a pinch you can use a knife or a rigid squeegee to "pull" the vinyl away from the plastic sheeting and to stick it in place.
Step 5: Recovery From Minor Error : DATATIST Decal
Most errors that occur with vinyl decals applied to wood can be reduced by making a stencil which is better suited to difficult surfaces through smart design and fewer small pieces.
This example of the DATATIST decal was used to show that even complicated decals can be applied successfully to finished wooden surfaces.
Step 6: Final Decal on Wood : DATATIST Decal
When applying the decal it is smart to treat it like something that you just glued in place.
Consider leaving the decal in place without sliding anything over it for at least 5-15 minutes.
(this step can vary with the ambient temp and it is more important when very warm to let the glue settle in place for best final adhesion.)
thank you for reading about how to put vinyl decals onto finished wood.