If you have grease, smoke or just day to day residue on your painted walls, your Skribblz Art will not adhere well to the surface. Clean the wall well with a mixture of dish soap and water, and dry thoroughly.
2. PREP THE ARTWORK!
No, don't take shortcuts, prepping your artwork is a necessary piece of the puzzle. After removing your vinyl from the tube, unroll it and allow it to rest. Once it has flattened slightly, flip it over and rub the paper backing with a credit card or flat plastic tool. Try a test of the vinyl, peeling it from the transfer tape. If it wants to stay stuck to the rigid backing, replace the transfer tape and rub again. Your vinyl should stick to the transfer tape, and not the backing.
3. GET IT STRAIGHT!
If you are planning a curly quote, flourish or wavy design, or you are planning to install your text on an angle, this does not apply to you! But for everyone else, the key to a beautiful piece, is to get it straight. This means measure, measure and measure again!
You might think your eye is pretty good at telling you when it looks straight, but even 1/4" discrepancy can ruin the look of your artwork!
Borrow a level or do some creative work with a tape measure, but definitely get it straight!
4. TAPE IT SECURELY. (optional)
Painter's tape is probably best, but masking tape will do. When you have it aligned, tape it to the wall with some nice wide tape. There may be markings on your order, depending on its' complexity, to help you align it on your wall.
5. CUT INTO SECTIONS. (optional)
We don't always recommend this, but if you feel that the size is unmanageable, then carefully cut between the words, up to the tape level. This will allow you to remove the backing in sections.
6. ADHERE TO YOUR WALL.
Whether you've taped it in place or you have a couple of friends holding it for you, you now must stick it to the wall. Wait! You must work from the center out...smoothing out bubbles as you go. Be patient, get it right.
7. REMOVE THE TRANSFER TAPE.
Once you have burnished the surface of the image, you can now remove the transfer tape. If the letters want to come with the tape, you didn't burnish it enough. Peel away at the 45 degree angle, keeping your hands close to the wall. If you pull it away quickly or with your hands away from the wall, you risk pulling off the entire piece!
8. GET OUT THE HAIRDRYER.
No, leave your hair alone...this is for the Skribblz! If you've gotten any small bubbles under the lettering, use your hairdryer to warm the vinyl. Keep it moving, you don't want it to melt! Those pesky bubbles should just flatten right out!
Tools You Might Need:
- tape measure
- credit card (to act as a squegee)