Vinyl can be used on almost any surface, metal, wood, walls, glass, and paper. There is even a heat transfer vinyl that you can use on fabrics! This tutorial will go over the steps on how to apply vinyl. If you want to learn how to cut your own vinyl, read this tutorial.
The reason why I love vinyl so much is that it is semi permanent–durable enough to be permanent but doesn’t ruin surfaces if you want to change it up and remove it(at least the indoor stuff). Transferring vinyl was intimidating at first, but I feel like all you need is one practice run and then you’ve got it! So don’t be intimidated!
Supplies and Tools
How to Apply Vinyl
Once you have cut your vinyl, we move on to the application of the vinyl.
- Begin by pulling off the excess vinyl around your cut. This process is called weeding.
- Next cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than your vinyl.
- Peel off the backing and you should be left with the sticky transfer tape.
- Square up your vinyl with the markings on your tape, this will make it easier to make sure it’s straight when you put it on your project. Stick the tape on the vinyl smoothing it down from the center outwards.
- Next you’ll varnish the vinyl to the tape by using a varnishing tool (popsicle stick or a scraper works great) to rub firmly around all the edges the vinyl and on top. This makes the vinyl stick to the transfer tape instead of the vinyl backing.
- Slowly peel the tape sideways keeping it folded close to the vinyl.
- Line the tape up on your project so that your vinyl is straight. Stick the tape and vinyl to your project by smoothing it down from the center outwards. This ensures you don’t have bubbles or creases in your vinyl.
- Now varnish the vinyl to the surface of your project.
- Peel off the transfer tape and you’re done!