How to Avoid Mistakes When Installing Decals

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When you are ready to install your decals, it is a good idea to take some extra time to make sure that they are lined up correctly. Having crooked decals can leave a bad impression, particularly if you are using them on a company vehicle or window. Here are some tips to make sure that your decal installation goes off flawlessly.

Block it out ahead of time. On a flat surface, take your decals and lay them out just as you plan to do on your vehicle. Now, take some measurements of the height and width of the entire area that will contain your decals. You may also wish to measure in between your letters or designs.

Transfer your measurements. Once you have an idea of the amount of space that will be used for your decals, you can take these measurements to your vehicle. Use a chalk or a temporary paint stick to map out where you will place your decals. Draw a box that will contain the actual letters. Make sure that you use a tape measure to get an exact drawing that will be used as your template.

Trace it out. Once you have drawn the box that will contain the letters or graphics, take your decals, and place them inside the box, one by one. Trace out each decal and then move to the next one. Take your time to line them each up in the box to ensure that you won't have any mistakes. Once you have traced out all of your letters you are ready to move to the next step.

Take it slowly. After your chalk outlines are complete, you are ready to begin installing your decals. Work slowly, and carefully place the decal within your chalk tracing. The chalk can be carefully wiped off once you have completed the entire installation. Move from letter to letter, measuring each time if necessary. Step back from your work frequently to make sure that everything is matching up correctly.

Wipe off the chalk. Now that your decals are firmly affixed to your vehicle or window, take a damp cloth and wipe off the chalk outlines that may still be showing. You may need to wait just a little while to let the decal adhere completely.

Installation of your decals doesn't have to be difficult. The number one thing to remember is to take your time and keep checking to make sure you're on the right track. Your tracing will assist you in lining them up perfectly, with less hassle.

If you are not sure that you can properly install your own decals, you can get in touch with your local body or detailing shop and check with them. They will have professionals that will be able to install your decals for you. However, most people don't have any trouble installing our decals, particularly if they take their time and follow the installation instructions to the letter.