Variant Stream
Updated
in 2011

Applying Vinyl Lettering

Instructions for Flat Surfaces

1: Clean the surface with glass cleaner and a dry cloth. Dirt and dust particles will cause vinyl
    lettering to bubble and not to stick properly.

2: Draw horizontal guidelines in the area you wish to apply your lettering. You can use a wax
    pencil or if you don't have a wax pencil you can use masking tape. 

3: With the lettering face down, carefully peel the backing paper away from the lettering.

4: Place the taped letters on the prepared surface, using your guidelines to position them correctly.
    Firmly "squeegee" the lettering to force the bubbles out. A bondo squeegee will work well.
    If you don't have a squeegee use a heavy gauge piece of cardboard. Start in the center and work
    your way out. Be sure you have gone over all areas.

5: Gently peel off the transfer tape, leaving the letters in place.

6: Clean off your guidelines with glass cleaner and your finished.



Instructions For Wet Application For Irregular Surfaces

1: Prepare application fluid: 4 drops of dish washing detergent to 1 quart ( 250ml ) of water in a spray
    bottle.

2: Clean the surface with glass cleaner and a dry cloth.

3: Mark guidelines with masking tape or wax pencil in the area you wish to apply your lettering.

4: With the lettering face down, carefully peel the backing paper away from the lettering.

5: Spray down area to receive lettering with an ample amount of application fluid to prevent vinyl from
    sticking to surface.

6: Place the taped letters on the prepared surface using your guidelines to position them correctly.
    Lettering may be removed and repositioned as long as surface stays wet. Firmly squeegee the
    lettering to force the bubbles and fluid out. Start in the centre and work your way out. Be sure you 
    have squeegeed out all the application fluid before attempting to remove application tape.

7: Allow the lettering to dry for about an hour and gently peel the transfer tape away, keeping your
    hand firmly on the lettering to prevent pulling it back up. Squeegee out any remaining bubbles and
    fluid. You may need to smooth it down one more time after leaving it to dry for a couple of hours.