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Applying your Self-adhesive Vinyl - Basic Method

by Samantha Watson on October 13, 2020

So, you've prepped your surface, created, cut and weeded your beautiful design and applied your application tape, now comes the exciting part, applying your graphics!

This can be a little daunting at first, vinyl has a habit of sticking to everything before you even get it to where you need it and no doubt you will be finding little sticky letters in the strangest places for weeks to come.

There are many different techniques when applying vinyl and over time you will find the way that works best for you. In the meantime, whilst you're finding your feet, check out our handy guides to vinyl application below. We have a few easy to follow step by step instructions which will ensure a professional finish regardless of your application.

In this post you can find the following information:

Step By Step Vinyl Application - Basic Method


Tools for the job

Scalpel, snitty or scissors

Surface cleaner and lint free cloth

Weeding tool, can be a hook, tweezers or simply long fingernails!

Application tape to transfer your shapes to the application surface.


Squeegee or scraper to smooth down the tape.

This application method is ideal for transferring small single colour graphics, designs that are not position critical as you will be trimming the substrate after application and vinyl's that feature a repositionable adhesive.

Step 1

Take the application tape carrying your vinyl and lightly position it onto the substrate. If it is large enough, drape it so that the centre of the graphic makes contact with the surface first.

Step 2

With the squeegee or scraper, firmly squeegee the vinyl and tape down, starting at the centre and working carefully outwards, ensuring constant pressure is applied across the entire design.

If you apply pressure to the edges first the air bubbles will have nowhere to go and will be trapped, which will spoil the finish of your graphic.

Step 3

Slowly peel the application tape back on itself leaving the vinyl in position. If the graphics lift, replace the tape a little and apply more pressure then try again. If the application tape is folded right back onto itself the shapes should not lift.

Step 4

Re-squeegee the decal to ensure good contact, taking care not to scratch either your graphic or your substrate.

In the unlikely event that any air bubbles remain and you cannot squeegee them to the edge, grab a pin and pop them so they disappear!

Where to use self-adhesive vinyl

Window Graphics



Vehicle Personalisation


Wall Graphics




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