What you need for vinyl decal installation?
- Your decals or retail window clings
- Spray bottle
- A few drops of dish soap in a pint of water
- A hard, straight edge, such as a credit card
How to put a window decal?
When applying vinyl stickers to glass, follow these steps:
1. Clean the Glass
Decals adhere best to clean surfaces. Before you start the installation process, clean the window thoroughly and let it dry completely.
2. Identify the Sticky Side
One of the most common questions we get at Houston Sign Company is – do window decals go inside or outside of the glass? The answer is that it depends whether you have ordered inside or outside decals. If you are not sure which decals you have, check which side of the decal is the shiniest and smoothest. This is the protective sheet that shields the decal adhesive.
Regular window decals, which stick to the front of a window, have the protective sheet on the back of the image. Inside decals have the protective sheet on the front of the image.
3. Remove the Protective Sheet
Carefully peel the plastic protective sheet away from the decal. If you are installing vinyl lettering on windows, you will need to remove the plastic sheets from each individual letter.
It is often best to do this for a single letter at a time, rather than unpeeling all the protective sheets and then starting to stick the decals onto the glass.
4. Spray the Decal With Soapy Water
Applying vinyl decals with soapy water is a good way to ensure they adhere firmly to the window. Lightly spray both the decal and the window with soapy water.
5. Place the Decal on the Window
Place the decal on the soapy window and slide it around to get the correct positioning. If the decal is very large, you might need to use a level to ensure it is straight. For more tips on how to apply a large vinyl decal, contact our team.
6. Secure the Decal in Place
Slide your credit card or other hard-edged object across the decal from side-to-side to push out air bubbles and excess water from underneath it. This final step in applying window decals ensures that the decal lies flat, doesn’t trap air bubbles, and doesn’t peel away from the window.