Designer Vinyl Decals

Wallternatives™ Designer Vinyl Wall Decals are designed with care to be a cut above! Our vinyl art is sticky, NOT tacky. You see, we’ve put our creative thinking caps on to create a line of vinyl decal art that offers a more elegant alternative to ordinary vinyl wall graphics. Whether you are looking for a touch of whimsy for a nursery, artistic typography, an ornamental accent, a delicate detail or a flowery flourish, you can find it in our Designer Vinyl Wall Decal Collection.
 

Vinyl decals offer an easy and economical way to add pops of pattern and personality to walls, but the colorful fun doesn’t stop there! You can also apply Designer Vinyl Decals to almost any hard surface. Smooth, painted ceilings, glass and mirror, doors or drawers.

Our vinyl decal art is easy to apply and the matte finish of the vinyl provides the look of a lovely hand painted or stenciled pattern in a fraction of the time. Down the road, your Designer Vinyl Decals are easy to remove, making them the perfect decorating choice for college students, renters, and those of us with ever evolving design tastes!

Designer Vinyl Wall Decals are the easy way to decorate! Our designs and quotes are cut from a premium removable matte vinyl that provides the look of stenciling or hand painting in minutes. Available in 20 fashionable interior vinyl colors, they are easy to install and easy to remove. For one-time-use only. Wallternatives™ Designer Vinyl Wall Decals are not repositionable. Please browse our WallPrints™ Printed Fabric Decal Collection for a repositionable option.

 

Designer Vinyl Details

  • Solid color removable matte vinyl that is cut into graphic shapes, designs and words
  • We use Oracal 631, the industry’s finest standard removable matte vinyl material
  • Matte vinyl colors offered in 18 fashionable matte vinyl colors, plus metallic gold and silver
  • Applied vinyl decals resemble solid painted pattern on the surface
  • Designer Vinyl Decals are for one time use. If you want repositionable patterns, please see Wall Prints Fabric Decals Collection
  • The vinyl is easily removable, but not moveable unless your pattern is a large single shape
  • Our Designer Vinyl Decals can be easily removed for up to 3 years by simply peeling them off the surface.

Applying Designer Vinyl Decals 101

We want you be stunningly successful when using our products! Please read and follow our detailed illustrated instructions below. 

Get to Know your Designer Vinyl Decal. 1,2,3

  1. Vinyl Decals consist of 3 layers: the vinyl art or typography decal itself sandwiched between the thicker, opaque Backing Paper and the clear Transfer Tape.
  2. The Backing Paper will be removed first to expose the adhesive side of the Vinyl Decal, while the Transfer Tape will remain in place until the Vinyl Decal is applied and burnished on your surface.
  3. Our Designer Vinyl Decals include a 1/8” trim line, which our Production Department uses to trim your decal to a nice, clean shape. We leave it in place for YOU to use it to easily and accurately level your design and measure out your placement, if needed.

Grab These Tools

  • Wallternatives™ Squeegee (included FREE with your order)
  • Small Bubble Level
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors or a Craft Knife with snap-off blade (for larger decal installation)
  • Measuring Tape

How to: Top Hinge Method


Step 1-2: Unroll and Burnish

Lay your Designer Vinyl Decal on a smooth, hard surface such as a tabletop, wall, or floor. Use the Wallternatives™ Squeegee to burnish the Transfer Tape to the vinyl graphic by rubbing over it with a very hard pressure.  Now, flip it over and repeat on the back side. This will adhere the Transfer Tape to the Vinyl Decal well so that the Backing Paper will remove easier.

Step 3-4: Position and Secure for the Top Tape Hinge Method
Eyeball where you want to place your Designer Vinyl Decal, or use a measuring tape to determine the correct position. Use Painter’s Tape to tack the vinyl decal in place on the top corners. If required, use a bubble level to check that the design is level by placing it on the 1/8” trim line (frame) that surrounds your decal. Adjust as necessary. Pssst! Once you have your Designer Vinyl Decal installed on your surface you will not be able to move it to another position, so take the time to double check that your design is level and EXACTLY where you want it to stay!

Run a strip of Painter’s Tape across the top of the design, with half of the tape on the wall and half of the tape on the front of the decal. This is your "tape hinge". This Top Hinge Method works well for smaller vinyl decals (under 2’) that can easily be applied by one person.

Step 5-6: Flip, Remove, and Roll
Flip the decal up (like opening a door) and carefully peel the Backing Paper off from the hinged edge.Pull the Backing Paper back slowly at a 180-degree angle, using the flat of your hand to push the vinyl down onto the Transfer Tape as you slide the Backing Paper off. Avoid touching the adhesive on the Vinyl Decal if you can. If the decal wants to come with the Backing Paper, simply roll backward a bit and push the decal back down onto the Transfer Tape using the flat edge of your fingers while you pull back.

Once the Backing Paper is removed, slowly roll the Vinyl Decal down on to the wall from the hinged edge. Use the Squeegee or the palm of your hand to smooth and secure the decal from the center outward.

Step 7-8: Burnish and Peel
Use the Squeegee to burnish the Vinyl Decal securely to the wall or surface with the Transfer Tape still in place. Slowly peel back the Transfer Tape from the top down, again at a 180-degree angle, taking care that the Vinyl Decal stays securely on the wall.

How to: Center Hinge Method

      The Center Hinge Method will be your best choice if your vinyl decal is larger (over 2’). Using this method will even allow you to install a design that is up to 6’ in length all by yourself (should you choose to accept this mission).

      1. Place your Vinyl Decal in the correct position on your wall. Don’t forget to measure and “level”, if necessary. Use small pieces of Blue Painter’s Tape to tack it into place.
      2. Run a strip of Painter’s Tape down the center of your design, reaching out onto the walls for several inches on either side so that the design will not move during installation.
      1. Remove the small pieces of Painter’s Tape and flip one side of the decal back. Beginning at the edge, carefully peel the Backing Paper back off the vinyl at a 180-degree angle. Avoid touching the adhesive side of the Vinyl Decal with your fingers if you can. If the vinyl decal wants to come with the Backing Paper, simply roll backward a bit and push the decal back down onto the Transfer Tape using the flat edge of your fingers while you pull back. Continue until you get to your center hinge.
      1. Use one of the small pieces of tape to secure the Transfer Tape/Vinyl Decal to the wall. Use scissors to cut away the loose Backing Paper.
      1. Slowly roll the Vinyl Decal down on to the wall from the center hinge. Use the Squeegee or the palm of your hand to smooth and secure the decal from the center outward. Burnish the entire side with your Squeegee. Your Vinyl Decal is now secure on your wall so you can remove the center tape strip.
      1. Flip the other side back and peel/roll the Backing Paper off from the center edge, taking care as before not to bring any of the Vinyl Decal details with it. If your decal is super large you can peel and stick in stages to give yourself more control.
      1. After rolling the last of the exposed decal onto your surface, burnish it well overall while the Transfer Tape is still in place.
      1. Slowly peel back the Transfer Tape from one edge at a 180-degree angle, taking care that the Vinyl Decal stays firmly on the surface. Enjoy!!

      How to: Multi-Colored Vinyl Decals

       

      Step 1-2: Get Ready to Design
      Assemble your vinyl design elements, including the Customer Artwork sheet, which shows you a suggestion on how to arrange your design. Of course, the choice is yours so feel free to be create with your Designer Vinyl Decals! Carefully cut apart the various design elements on each sheet. er.

      Step 3-4: Arrange & Burnish
      Begin by placing the main design elements first. Use Painter's Tape and move them around until you get them where you want them. Then burnish both sides of the decal with the free squeegee included with your order.

      Step 5-6: Install on the Wall
      Flip the decals back, remover the Backing Paper and roll the design down onto the wall. Burnish well and carefully remove the Transfer Tape. Refer back to How to:Top Hinge Method for more details!

      Step 7-8: Add Remaining Design Details
      We find that it is easy for adding small, random elements to simply peel off the Backing Paper and hand place the designs lightly. You should be able to move them around to play with them a bit until you do a hard burnish with the squeegee. Once in place, carefully remove the remaining Transfer Tape and any extra trim lines.

       

      Peel and Stick Vinyl Decals

      Some Vinyl Decals are simple graphic shapes, like circles, triangles, hearts, etc. These decals will not come with added Transfer Tape. Simply peel them off the backing and stick as you wish!


      Surface Preparation and Troubleshooting

      Where to Apply Designer Vinyl Decals

      Designer Vinyl Decals can be applied to any clean, smooth, non-porous INTERIOR surface, such as painted walls, ceilings and doors, as well as metal, glass, tile, and plastic.

      The ideal paint finishes to apply vinyl decals to are walls painted with eggshell or satin latex paint, but they will stick also to walls that are painted with a good-quality flat finish paint, as long as the surface is smooth.

      You can use Designer Vinyl Decals in a bathroom, as the applied vinyl will not be affected by heat or humidity. Please be sure, however, that your surface is completely clean and dry before applying the decal. Wherever you choose to install your Designer Vinyl Decals, it is very important that you view and follow the all-important Vinyl Surface Preparation Guidelines.

      Where NOT to Apply Designer Vinyl Decals
      Our vinyl decals are cut from a low-tack, removable vinyl material that is NOT designed to stick to textured and/or porous surfaces. Do not attempt to apply Designer Vinyl Decals to raw wood, canvas or fabric, porous concrete, stucco or stone, as well as surfaces that are chalky, dusty, or damp. Even a small amount of moisture on the surface will prevent the adhesive from sticking.

      If you have lightly textured walls, the vinyl material MAY adhere, but we cannot guarantee that. If you would like to attempt it, we would be happy to mail you a small vinyl sample to test first. Please email us to request a sample.

      We also do NOT recommend that you apply the vinyl in areas of your home that will receive wear and tear, and require regular cleaning-such as those near sinks and stoves.

      Surface Preparation for Designer Vinyl Decals
      The key to an easy and successful Designer Vinyl Application is proper surface preparation. Please read over this brief section carefully and follow the simple instructions for vinyl sticking success!

      Start with a Clean Surface! Use a dry cloth to wipe over your wall surface to remove any dust. If you walls are dirty, you can use a slightly damp cloth or Magic Eraser, BUT then let the wall dry overnight to make sure it is bone dry. Adhesive-backed vinyl will NOT stick to a damp surface.

      Notes on Newly Painted Surfaces! If you’ve applied a fresh coat of paint to your walls you will need to wait a MINIMUM of 2 weeks before applying Designer Vinyl Decals. REALLY!! Here’s Why: Even though the paint seems dry, it actually undergoes and extensive curing period. If you are in a cold, damp, or humid environment you may even want to wait up to 3-4 weeks.

      If you attempt to install Designer Vinyl Decals on a fresh, uncured painted surface, you may find that the vinyl will not stick properly or that the decal may damage the paint upon removal or cause a color shift in the pattern area.

      Care and Cleaning Designer Vinyl Decals

      Clean your vinyl if necessary simply by rubbing over it with a clean, soft cloth. Never use abrasive or alcohol, ammonia, or citrus-based cleaners on Designer Vinyl Decals. You can use a slightly damp sponge or cloth when cleaning, but avoid allowing water to seep under the edges of the vinyl, as this can loosen the adhesive.

      Removing Designer Vinyl Decals
      When you are ready to move, redecorate, or replace your Designer Vinyl Decal, removing it will be easy! Our vinyl can be easily removed for up to 3 years by simply peeling it off the surface. It will generally come off very easily and will not leave any sticky residue. For smooth, shiny surfaces try using a hair dryer on low heat to slightly warm up the vinyl before peeling. This will make the process even more fast and painless, as the heat will help the adhesive release itself easier from the surface.

      Removing the vinyl within 3 years should never damage any properly prepared painted surface. Occasionally, on a poorly painted surface you may find that some small bits of paint may come off with the vinyl.  In that case, you can simply patch it lightly and repaint.

      Vinyl Decal Troubleshooting Tips

      Issue: When I try to peel off the Backing Paper, the Vinyl Graphic wants to come with it rather than sticking on the Transfer Tape.

      Answer: The lovely matte finish of the Oracal 631 vinyl is due to the fact that the vinyl has a slightly rougher surface that breaks up light reflection. This is not visible to the eye but can weaken the bond between the Transfer Tape and the vinyl. We have sourced the best Transfer Tape we could find that works optimally with the vinyl, but you still may have some “sticky” issues, particularly with designs that include a lot of delicate details.

      Here is the easy fix! HEAT. Lay the Vinyl Decal on a hard surface such as a tabletop with the Transfer Tape side up. Hold a hair dry set to high over the decal for about 2 minutes and about 2” away from the Transfer Tape surface. Use your Squeegee to burnish the warmed up adhesive tightly to the Vinyl Decal. Your Backing Paper should come off more cleanly and easily! 

      Issue: My decal got bent, crimped, folded over during the installation process.

      Answer: It can happen to the best of us! Don’t despair. Fortunately vinyl is VERY forgiving. Simply use a sharp tool, like a pocket or craft knife to lift the edge and smooth out the vinyl and restick it to your surface. 

      Issue: When I remove the Transfer Tape my Vinyl Graphic doesn’t want to stick to the wall, but wants to come off with the Transfer Tape.

      Answer: You did read our Surface Preparation for Designer Vinyl Decals and Where  and Where Not to Apply Designer Vinyl Decals right? The Vinyl Decals have a low tack adhesive, meaning they will not stick well to rough, textured, chalky, dusty, etc. surfaces. If you followed all of our guidelines and are still having trouble-be patient! Remove the Transfer Tape slowly, burnishing the vinyl down as you go. One of our best tips is to use the flat of your hands and finger to push the tape (and vinyl) down firmly on the surface as you slide the Transfer Tape back.