Decal Installation

Thank you for your decal purchase and we appreciate your business. Please find your installation procedures below.  Thank you ~VAULTER Store

Video on how to install and also directions below.

Quick Vinyl Application Tips….

  • Do not apply in cold weather – adhesive may stick but will lift easily.
  • Do not apply in extreme heat, apply in the shade – vinyl will get very soft and stretch.
  • Do not use alcohol to apply – it will destroy the adhesive.
  • Do not use ice scraper on the sticker/decal – may lift or break pieces off..
  • Do not touch the adhesive backing – oils from your skin will prevent sticking.
  • Do not point high pressure car wash nozzle at the edges of the sticker/decal for a long time – may lift or break pieces.
  • Car washes are safe.
  • Before application make sure there is no wax or rainx products on the surface – adhesive may stick but will lift easily.
  • Don’t apply wax over graphics, especially if the wax contains any petroleum distillates.

Wall Application

Each of the following items can cause either poor adhesion when you apply your graphic, or damage when you decide to remove it:

  • Highly textured paint
  • Poor initial paint bond or poorly painted edges (make sure your paint isn’t chipping or peeling)
  • Patched areas that have not been primed
  • Dust, dirt or other contaminants on the wall
  • Freshly painted walls that have not had time to cure (We recommend at least 2 weeks, 3 weeks is best.  If you have questions on how long it takes your paint to cure, contact your paint supplier).  Vinyl graphics tend to bubble and release from the wall if the paint is still in the curing process.
  • Moisture behind the drywall, which can cause the drywall paper to release. Watch for walls that back up to cooling systems, water pipes, overhead windows and windows that have been boarded up. These areas are prone to condensation that may not be obvious at the time of installation.
  • High humidity area
  • Dust, dirt or other contaminants on the wall
  • Wallpaper or other wall covering that is not securely bonded to the wall

Cleaning Procedures:  
All surfaces are contaminated to some degree.  To ensure good adhesion to any wall surface it is critical that you make sure your surface is clean and dust free.

1. Wipe down the wall with a dry tack cloth or a lint-free microfiber cloth to remove any dust, paying special attention to the wall’s edges and corners.

2. For walls that need a bit more help, try a damp cloth and let the wall dry before applying the decals.

Vehicle and Similar Surface Cleaning Procedures:  
All surfaces are contaminated to some degree.  To ensure good adhesion to any vehicle surface it is critical that you follow these recommended procedures in decontaminating and preparing the surface prior to any vinyl product installation.

1. Wash and rinse the area with liquid dish detergent and warm water.  Then dry the surface with a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.

2. Finish up the cleaning process by wiping down the entire area with Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol).  To avoid re-contamination during the final cleaning step, wipe the surface in just one direction, using a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.  You are now ready to apply the vinyl.

Temperature Recommendations:
Surface temperatures MUST be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit before attempting the installation. As a general rule, if the surface is hot to the touch it’s over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Adhesive becomes brittle when it gets too cold and gummy when it gets too hot. Applications outside the recommended range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit reduce the adhesives’ ability to perform.

Application Procedures:
You can choose to apply vinyl in one of two ways; dry or wet.  Applying vinyl dry does not allow for any mistakes, and recommended for small decals.  Once the vinyl touches the surface, there is no removal without damage.  We suggest that all customers use the wet process for larger graphics.


  1. Begin by heating one corner of the marking with a blow dryer, heat lamp, hot water or heat gun until hot to the touch. Pick up an lift that area you just heated (use a razor only on glass surfaces). Slowly begin pulling back the decal, at less than a 90 degree angle. Continue applying heat to the area just before the area that is being removed.
  2. Once you have removed the marking, check to make sure that all of the adhesive residue has been removed. Remaining residue may be removed by using Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol).