Custom vinyl lettering can add an element of style to any room in your house. It’s a way to feature favorite quotes, draw the eye to focal points, or otherwise customize your living space. They make each home unique. However, it can be difficult to adhere them to textured walls. It isn’t impossible, just takes a little bit of extra care.
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- Vinyl Wall Design
- Painter's Tape
- Handheld Squeegee Applicator
- Create or Order Your Vinyl Lettering - As vinyl lettering has become more popular, there have become more options for acquiring wall art. Many people now are creating their own vinyl art with their Cricut machines. Etsy also has a number of entrepreneurs selling custom vinyl art online. I actually ordered my wall quote from Wise Decor.
- Gather Your Supplies - There are three main items you will need: a level, painter's tape, and a handheld squeegee applicator. My applicator came with my wall art from Wise Decor, but you'll need to purchase one if you are making your own. If you're ordering from Etsy, you'll need to see if your selling includes an applicator.
- Prepare Your Wall - Vinyl letters will not adhere to a dirty surface. Using a lint-free cloth and a cleaning spray, remove any dirt and dust from your wall surface.
- Mark Where Your Vinyl Lettering Will Go - Using your level and a pencil, mark where you will line up the top of your design will go. While it's always possible to eyeball how your design will line up, ceiling lines and other decor can throw off your perception. The best way to guarantee your design will be straight is by first lining it up with a level.
- Hang Your Design - Your custom vinyl lettering will come sandwiched between backing paper and transfer paper. Starting with the pencil marks you made with the level, line up the top of your design, and tape it to the wall. Verify that the design is where you want it.
- Remove the Backing Paper - With your design taped, the backing paper will the paper against the wall. Pull the design away from the wall, and carefully pull off the backing paper. This will reveal the sticky side of your vinyl letters so you can adhere them to the wall.
- Rub the Lettering onto the Wall - Starting at the top of your design, use your squeegee to smooth the vinyl letters onto the wall. When working with textured walls, it's important to apply the squeegee from different directions. Focus on each letter until the entire design is fused to the wall.
- Remove the Transfer Paper - Beginning at the bottom of the design, slowly peal away the transfer paper at a 45 degree angle. Your custom vinyl lettering should now be installed on your textured walls. If the letters start to peel away with the paper at any point, lay the paper back down and rub it again with the squeegee, making sure the rub it flat and applying pressure to the areas that are peeling.
- Finishing Touches - Once you have reached the top of your design, you can remove the transfer paper and painter's tape from the wall. You can also use an eraser to remove the pencil marks. Most air bubbles can be pushed towards the edge and outwards. If any air bubbles remain, an Exact-o knife or razor blade can be used to gently punch a hole in the bubble to release the air. Gently press down with your finger. Full cure time is 4 to 8 days. Do not use any cleaning products on the surface until the lettering has completely cured.