Ocean Palm Graphics Vinyl Signs, Banners, Lettering & Decals Shopping Cart: $0.00
Catalog » How To Section »
Forget Password?   
Application Tips
Click to enlarge

Application Tips


Application Tips When you receive your order from Ocean Palm Graphics it will consist of three layers. The top layer is a spacing tape. The purpose of this layer is to keep your graphics properly spaced until the final product is firmly adhered to the surface. Once your decal is applied, this layer will be pulled away to reveal the decal. The second layer is the actual decal. Finally, the third layer will consist of either wax paper or plastic. This paper protects the adhesive on the decal from foreign materials until it is applied. Some things to consider when applying your Ocean Palm Graphics decals are: The adhesive is sensitive to temperature while being applied - If it is too cold, the adhesive will not be soft enough to properly bond with the surface and extra care will be needed when removing the spacing tape. Once the temperature increases, the adhesive will properly cling to the surface without adverse affects. Please try to apply your decals when the temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Large decals can be a lot for one person to handle - Having someone help you hold the decal can be a life saver. This will allow you to focus your attention on pressing the decal to the surface without bubbles. Also, if your decal has separations (Like spaces between letters), you may cut your decal apart for smaller, more manageable pieces. This should only be done after the decal is temporarily in place with masking tape to maintain proper spaces. Don't stress over a few bubbles - Smaller bubbles will disappear through time due to barometric changes. If the bubbles don't go away by themselves, you can always pop them later with a pin to let the air escape. To accomplish this, simply puncture the bubble with a pin, and then push the air towards the puncture with your fingers. Above, you will notice two different sets of application instructions. Though both methods are capable of creating a quality final product, each has advantages and disadvantages over the other. We at Ocean Palm Graphics feel that you should always use the method which is most comfortable to you. To help you decide which method is best for you, here are the main differences:   Wet Application Advantages: Wet application is usually better for larger decals. The wet solution temporarily inhibits the decal's ability to fully adhere to the surface allowing you to lift and move the decal. Also, air can travel under the decal easier which helps deter bubbles. Disadvantages: The decal will release from the surface easier with wet applications. This means that when you are removing the spacing tape after the decal has been applied, care is needed to refrain from pulling the decal off the surface. Also, please do not wash the area of the applied decal for a few days until the application solution has had time too fully dry and the adhesive can properly stick to the surface. Dry Application Advantages: Dry application is recommended for small lettering and decals. When using the dry method, permanence of the decal is immediate. Therefore, there is a better adhesion of the decal to the surface for pulling off the spacing tape. Disadvantages: There are no second chances with the dry method. Once your decal has been pressed to the surface, there is no way to remove the decal without damaging it. This means that more care must be taken in the placement and application to ensure that your decal is straight and free of bubbles. If you have additional questions, please call us at 727-459-9460! We are more than happy to guide you through the application process.