5 Quick Tips to Get the Most from Vinyl Wall Graphics

vinyl wall graphicsVinyl wall graphics are a hit with both businesses and home decorators. The last few years have seen a veritable explosion of interest from a variety of sources, and thousands of people have given them a try. However, not everyone ends up with great results. There are unique challenges associated with designing, selecting, and installing a wall graphic that many people do not consider.

To help you make the most of your next vinyl wall graphics installation, we’ve compiled a list of pro-level tips to keep in mind during your next installation. We hope you find them useful…enjoy!

Installing Vinyl Wall Graphics

1. Choose the right vinyl. There are several types of vinyl on the market today, but you’re most likely going to want one with a matte finish and removable adhesive. The matte finish helps avoid any weird “glare” or visual distortion caused by refracted light. And the removable adhesive ensures you don’t do damage to walls when you’re aiming for a temporary installation (think: tradeshows, apartment rentals, flashy décor trends, and so on).

2. Check the application tape. By selecting a matte finish, you’ve created a bit of a problem for yourself. The matte surface can be incredibly smooth and difficult for certain application tapes to bond to. But if the application tape is too sticky, it won’t release the liner and leave your letters or graphics in place on the walls. Ensure you’ve got a medium tack tape, and you’ll likely be able to strike the right balance.

3. Textured walls are going to be tough. Any wall that is bumpy or porous is going make application exceptionally difficult. The ability to adhere cleanly is compromised by the surface, making the bond weak. In instances like these, or when trying to adhere to surfaces like brick and concrete, you may need to upgrade the adhesive.

4. Know your paint. There is a wide variety of paint mixtures on the market today, but enamel paint is most likely to provide you with the best results. It forms a smooth, non-porous surface to which the adhesive can easily stick. Latex is more problematic, and especially bad when the walls are freshly painted. Over time, latex paint emits small amounts of gas. If you apply your decal over the latex paint, the gas can trap and form air pockets underneath your graphic.

5. Dust. If you have a fine layer of dust or other particles on your walls, your adhesive will never bond to the wall itself. The principle is fairly familiar to anyone who has ever tried to stick tape to a dusty surface. By bonding with the dust, the adhesive never gets clean adherence, and eventually the graphic will peel off.

Looking for Some Professional Assistance on Your Next Vinyl Wall Graphics Installation?

Simply call Green Light Graphics and Signs today at 404-857-5790 and let us help you design and install your custom vinyl wall graphics.