Install Vinyl Decal Film Die-Cut
Installing Exact or Shape Die-Cut Decals is a simple process. Your Die-Cut Decal will arrive pre-spaced and backed with transfer paper for an effortless installation. Whether you're installing your Die-Cut Decal to a window or a vehicle body, this installation guide will walk you through the steps, ensuring that it's properly installed and lasts for a long time.

die-cut vinyl decal installation supplies
Tools Needed:

Glass cleaner, paper towels, masking tape, squeegee, Exact-o knife or scissors.


Using glass cleaner, thoroughly clean the windows and allow to completely dry. For best results, we recommend outside temperatures be over 65F with low humidity. Read instructions thoroughly before attempting installation. Dry installation only.

the layers of die-cut vinyl decal
Your Decal Will Arrive With Three Layers:
  1. The top layer is masking tape, which holds the letters in place for easy installation.
  2. The middle layer is the Die-Cut Decal.
  3. The bottom layer is the white wax paper backing, which protects the Die-Cut Decal and the adhesive.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 1
Step 1

Place the decal on a clean, flat surface with the white wax paper backing facing you. Run a squeegee over the wax backing with firm, even pressure to secure the decal to the masking tape. You may need to do this several times to ensure that the decal adheres properly to the masking tape.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 2
Step 2

Using a tape measure, measure your surface area to find the center point or desired location for installation.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 3
Step 3

Place the decal sheet against the surface, with the masking tape facing you and the backing still on. Place a strip of masking tape down the center. Secure the decal sheet with tape in all four corners.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 4
Step 4

Choose one side and remove the corner tape. Gently and slowly pull away the backing at a 45 angle to prevent stretching or tearing. Stop when you reach the center tape line. Have a second person hold the exposed film as you use the razor blade to remove the loose paper backing.

Tip: If you do not have a razor blade, tear the top of the backing and pull it straight down, making as clean a tear as possible.

die-cut vinyl decal  installation step 5
Step 5

Carefully place the exposed decal against the surface and squeegee firmly in both vertical and horizontal directions, starting from the center and working outward. The squeegee should stay in direct contact with the vinyl as much as possible in order to prevent air bubbles.

die-cut vinyl decal  installation step 6
Step 6

Once the first half is installed, remove all of the masking tape that you used to secure the material to the window. Lift the uninstalled material and slowly pull away the remaining backing at a 45 angle.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 7
Step 7

Firmly apply the remaining decal. Squeegee over the entire decal in both vertical and horizontal directions.

die-cut vinyl decal installation step 8
Step 8

When finished, very gently peel away the top layer of masking tape at a 45 angle. Removing the masking tape too quickly can damage the material.

die-cut vinyl decal step 9
Step 9

You're done! Once the installation is complete, all that should remain is your custom Die-Cut Decal.

removing bubbles in die-cut vinyl decals
Perfecting Your Die-Cut Decal:

Most air bubbles can be pushed towards the edge and outwards. If any air bubbles remain, an Exact-o knife (or any object with a sharp point) can be used to gently punch a hole in the bubble to release the air. Gently press down with your finger. Full cure time is 4 to 8 days. Do not use any cleaning products on the surface until the lettering has completely cured.
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