Know More About ORACAL 651

Oracal 651 is a permanent vinyl with a high-gloss finish. Oracal 651 is also known as “Outdoor” vinyl because it is water-resistant and will withstand exposure to the elements with great resilience. Although it may be used in indoor applications, upon removal, it is likely an adhesive residue will be left behind.

Clean your surface- The first thing you will want to do is make sure the surface that you are planning on applying the vinyl to is clean and dry.  The smoother your surface the easier it will be to transfer your vinyl onto, but rougher surfaces like wood, textured walls, etc. will still work. Hop over here to get more information on Oracal 651.

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Cut your design- You can cut your design by hand or use a craft cutter. After your design is all cut, remove the excess vinyl from around your image/lettering (this is called weeding).

Apply your transfer tape- This is the step that a lot of vinyl beginners are unaware of, and yet probably one of the most important in order to not have a stress meltdown when adhering your vinyl to your surface!

Simply place your transfer tape over your vinyl, then take something flat and hard (i.e. credit card, scraper, popsicle stick, etc.) to smooth out any bubbles and to make sure it is securely fastened to the vinyl.  Next, you will carefully pull off the backing paper from the vinyl being careful to make sure that the vinyl has transferred to your tape.
Adhere design to the new surface- With your surface prepared (step 1) you are ready to align your image. Carefully position it onto your project;  once you have it in place, firmly press down and use your scraper to smooth out any bubbles.  Always make sure to start from the center and work out towards the edges, this will press out any bubbles instead of pushing them in.

Once you have your vinyl securely adhered to your surface, take one corner of your transfer tape and slowly pull downwards at an angle.  Run your scraper (credit card, etc.) over the vinyl once applied to get out any remaining bubbles and help secure it to the surface.