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River Guide Supply

Decal Installation Instructions

How To Install Vinyl Decals or Stickers Easily


Each Decal consists of 3 parts:

Please read this section carefully, especially if you are new to Rub On Vinyl Decal Installations.

Transfer Tape

Transfer Tape is the top part over the decal that makes multiple letters/graphics stay together

This Transfer Tape makes the Decal ready for install and is made of Clear or Semi-Transparent tape.





This is the actual Adhesive Vinyl Decal that you have purchased

It is sandwiched between the Transfer Tape and the Wax Paper Backing

The Decal is what ends up installed to the surface.


The backing is the heavy Wax Paper that is applied to the “Sticky” side of the decal

This backing keeps the Decal from sticking to anything prior to install.


Surface Compatibility:

The Surface must be a Hard, Flat and Non- Porous. Installation to any other surfaces is not recommended

Special skills are needed to deal with major body lines, complex curves, corrugated surfaces, etc.

We strongly suggest you wait at least 60 days after painting a surface before applying any decal,

because should you ever wish to remove the decal the paint will come off with it if the paint is not properly cured before application.


Surface Temperature and Weather Conditions:

Adequate Surface Temperature and Weather Conditions are necessary before attempting to install a Decal.

- The Surface Temperature must be between 60°F and 90°F, with 70°F to 80°F being the ideal range.

- It can’t be Raining or even Drizzling. Decals must be kept absolutely dry until installed.

- Try to avoid installing Decals in Direct Sunlight. Surface Temperatures in Direct Sunlight often change rapidly and are difficult to judge.

- Make sure there is No Wind present, Wind or Gusts Will cause a problem.


 Simple Method of Applying Decals


Use a non-ammonia cleaner to get the application surface clean of dirt, oils, grease or other contaminates:



Make sure the surface is perfectly dry:



Position the decal and put a couple of pieces of masking tape it in place along the top to form a hinge:



Lift up the decal upwards and remove the waxed backing:



Keeping the Transfer Tape taunt from the “Hinge” place the decal back down to the surface.

The Transfer tape is semi-sticky so when you place it on the surface it will stick to it keeping your decal in place for the next step.



Using a driver’s license or credit card start at the middle of the decal and rub towards the outer edges.

You are pressing down and out to remove all bubbles.



Remove the Transfer Tape by pulling back at the most severe angle your surface will allow:



And you are done!