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Sticker Application

Application is the sole responsibility of the buyer. Rotten Remains does not accept responsibility for items damaged due to misuse or incorrect application including but not limited to: Tearing, stretching, not adhering to surface and application surface damage. If this is your first time applying a sticker / decal, you should consider consulting an automotive / sign professional to either apply the product for you or explain/show you the proper way to apply the product.

Application Tips

When applying a printed sticker, there's always a chance that you'll have a few air bubbles trapped between the application surface and the sticker itself. Most of the time, these air bubbles will disappear after a week of so. If they do not, you can use a needle or pin to pop the center of the air bubble and squeeze the air out. For a 99.9% of the time, air bubble free application, we recommend using the wet method described below.

Apply the same method of using a pin or needle to pop the center of the air bubble and squeeze the air out to remove air bubbles from a transfer sticker. We do not recommend using the wet method to apply a transfer sticker.

Surface Compatibility

  • The application surface should be hard, flat or slightly curved and non-porous.

Surface Temperature / Weather Conditions

  • Adequate surface temperature and weather conditions are necessary before attempting to install a decal.

  • The recommended optimum temperature for applying vinyl graphics is 70°F. For best results do not apply a sticker in extreme hot or cold temperatures.

  • Application surface must be completely clean and free of any dust, oils, wax or other debris and completely dry before installation. We recommend washing the application surface with soap and water and then dry it with a lint free cloth. If you are using Windex or another ammonia-based cleaner to clean the surface, rinse the application surface thoroughly with water and dry the area completely with a lint free cloth before applying the decal; the ammonia in the cleaner may interfere with the adhesive not allowing it to set properly. Any surface contamination such as bad bodywork, rust, dust or other debris will show through and spoil your final result.

  • Do not apply in the rain.

  • Do not install decals in direct sunlight. Surface temperatures in direct sunlight are often too hot and change too rapidly.

 

How to apply a multi-color printed sticker

Apply using the "Dry Method"

  • Thoroughly clean and dry the application surface.

  • Carefully peel the sticker from the sticker's backing paper.

  • Apply the sticker to the desired surface. It's that easy!

Note: Try to refrain from pulling or stretching the sticker during the application process. Any sticker will stretch out of it's original shape if the outside temperature is too hot or if it has been subjected to excessive stretching or pulling.

Apply using the "Wet Method"
(Recommended for applying large stickers and for any size clear/transparent vinyl stickers)

Items you will need:

  • Clean bowl or dish filled with lukewarm water. The size of your dish will depend on the size of your vinyl sticker. For example, a small dish is suitable for small stickers, dinner plate for medium sized stickers and a larger baking pan for large graphics.

  • Dish soap

  • Small rubber window squeegee or similar type object

  • Soft microfiber cloth

Wet application instructions

  • Add a drop of dish soap (too much soap and the adhesive will not set properly) to the water and mix well.

  • Thoroughly clean and dry the application surface.

  • Carefully peel the sticker from the sticker's backing paper.

  • Using your hand, apply some of the soapy water to the application surface.

  • Dip the entire sticker (adhesive side up) in the soapy water.

  • Position and apply the wet sticker (adhesive side down) to the surface. You may only have less than a minute to position the sticker on the surface before the sticker's adhesive becomes tacky so try to work quickly.

  • Holding the sticker in place with your hand, take the window squeegee and gently work outwards from the center of the sticker to remove the water from around and underneath the sticker.

  • Carefully dry the area around the sticker and the sticker itself with the microfiber cloth.

Allow a couple of hours for the sticker adhesive to set. Please note that when using the wet method to apply stickers, the adhesive can take up to a week to fully cure. If applying the sticker to a vehicle, we recommend not washing the vehicle for at least a week after application to allow the adhesive to fully set.

How to apply a single color, transfer sticker

  • Thoroughly clean and dry the application surface.

  • Carefully peel the transfer tape and decal from backing paper.

  • To apply the decal to the desired surface, use a credit card or similar type object to smooth the decal onto the surface.

  • Remove and discard the transfer tape.

Tips on caring for your new sticker / decal

  • After applying your decal, do not wash your vehicle for at least 1 week to allow the adhesive to set and ensure proper adhesion.

  • Always clean your decal with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth.

  • Take care when waxing your vehicle. Wax build-up around the edges of your decal may cause the edges or your decal to lift from the surface.

  • Never hold a high pressure washer nozzle or heat gun close to or directly on your decal for longer than a few seconds.

  • If your decal is applied to glass and you need to use an ice scraper to remove ice, scrape and clear the glass around your decal. Do not scrape over the decal. It may cause the edges or your decal to lift.

How to easily remove a multi-color printed or single color transfer sticker / decal

Glass surfaces

  • Use a single edge razor blade to remove the sticker/decal. It is best to do this when temperatures are between 70°F (21°C) and 80°F (26.5°C) degrees. Any adhesive residue can be removed using standard glass cleaner.

Painted surfaces

  • Use a heat gun or hair dryer to warm the sticker/decal until it peels off easily. Remove any adhesive residue with standard glass cleaner.

 

 

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