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How To Install Vinyl Wall Lettering for the First Time: Step By Step

Your wall expression will arrive carefully packed into a cardboard tube mailer:

Wall Lettering tube with a wall quote from Vinyl Wall Expressions
Wall Lettering tube with a wall quote from Vinyl Wall Expressions

Inside I found these materials:

Sheets of vinyl wall lettering on transfer paper from Vinyl Wall Expressions
Sheets of vinyl wall lettering on transfer paper from Vinyl Wall Expressions

 

Step One: Assemble your materials!

Outside of what’s included in the package you’ll need all of two basic household items:

  1. Masking Tape
  2. Measuring Tape OR Level (This one’s Optional and only necessary if you’re a perfectionist.)

Let the quotes lie flat because they come rolled up.

-Caitlin’s Thought: Roll them backwards. Problem solved, and time saved!

 

Step Two – Mark Your Space!

Use the level or measuring tape to determine exactly where your quote will go.

Note: I’ll be demonstrating the process with the second line of our quote. So, we’re starting with this:

 

Installed wall quote from Vinyl Wall Expressions
Installed wall quote from Vinyl Wall Expressions

Step Three – Place the Quote!

First, use the masking tape to tape your quote to the wall, facing forward.

Think of the quote like a sandwich – on the bottom you have your back paper, then the actual letters of the quote, then the transfer tape on top.

First, use the masking tape to tape your quote to the wall, facing forward. Think of the quote like a sandwich – on the bottom you have your back paper, then the actual letters of the quote, then the transfer tape on top.
First, use the masking tape to tape your quote to the wall, facing forward. Think of the quote like a sandwich – on the bottom you have your back paper, then the actual letters of the quote, then the transfer tape on top.

 

-Caitlin’s Confession: Influenced by my less-particular sister, I didn’t actually use the level I recruited. We eye-balled it.

Second, you’ll do your 1st Rub.

Use the applicator to rub the letters, with it still encased in the transfer paper. (It’s still a sandwich). My wall was highly textured, so I had to rub and rub and rub and rub.

Second, you’ll do your 1st Rub. Use the applicator to rub the letters, with it still encased in the transfer paper. (It’s still a sandwich). My wall was highly textured, so I had to rub and rub and rub and rub.
Second, you’ll do your 1st Rub. Use the applicator to rub the letters, with it still encased in the transfer paper. (It’s still a sandwich). My wall was highly textured, so I had to rub and rub and rub and rub.

Third, flip it up!

Just flip it on itself, so you can remove the back paper.

Peeling the transfer paper apart from you vinyl wall letters.
Peeling the transfer paper apart from you vinyl wall letters.

Fourth, place it carefully!

These moments matter – so make them count. Do it slowly and become that obnoxious perfectionist version of yourself. Take full advantage of this because right now, you have permission!

Getting your wall decals in just the right place on your wall
Getting your wall decals in just the right place on your wall

Fifth, 2nd Rub.

Rub it the second time. (The transfer tape is still on top of the wording.)

Rubbing the vinyl letters against the wall
Rubbing the vinyl letters against the wall

 

Sixth, now remove the transfer tape – carefully!

We had a problem with the letter “Y” not wanting to get off the tape, so be cautious.

Slow and steady wins the race in this case. 🙂

Rubbing the vinyl letters against the wall
Rubbing the vinyl letters against the wall

Finally! Stand back, and check it out!

I loved the colors of our quote! They came out beautifully bright and mesmerizingly metallic – a lovely mix.

Admire your finished wall expression!
Admire your finished wall expression!

Conclusion: My Reflections and Insights

Initially, I was intimidated in spite of my excitement to dive into decorating.
Crossing the threshold and doing my first Vinyl Wall Expression opened my mind to the endless possibilities of decorating walls and other surfaces (windows, cars etc.) And undeniably, my future holds many more Vinyl Wall Expressions!

8 thoughts on “How To Install Vinyl Wall Lettering for the First Time: Step By Step

  1. I’m wondering if you coul to a large vinyl outline in white of the Seattle Seahawks. Being 12″ tall by 21″ long how much would something like that costs? Thank you. Peggy Wilson

    1. Hi Peggy–Just email sharon@vinylwallexpressions.com and we can help you out. Thanks!

  2. I would like to do this for a wedding wall. How do I remove the vinyl. Also can I reuse it again later?

  3. Vinyl Lettering is easy to remove, you can warm it up a bit with a hair dryer on low, and then peel off. You vinyl wall quote is removable, but not reusable.

  4. I have a room with high gloss walls that seem to repel anything that you try to stick to them. For example, in the how to install, the blue painters tape shown in the diagram simply won’t stick to the wall. It just peels right back off. Have said that, my question is, even if I figure out how to get past that obstacle, will I have a problem with the vinyl letters sticking at all?

    1. Hi! We fear that if painters tape won’t stick to your wall, that the vinyl won’t stick either. But if you connect us through our contact page with your address, we can send you a vinyl sample to try it on your wall.
      Thanks!

  5. I wanted to add a piece of art to my vinyl writing, would that be possible?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Bali,
      what are you wanting to add?
      You can contact us directly at sharon@vinylwallexpressions.com
      Thanks!

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