Applying vinyl doesn't have to be nerve-racking. Just follow these simple steps for perfect application every time. You've got this.
Step 1: Prep the surface
The first step before you apply ANY label is to make sure the surface is clean and dry. If you are applying labels to bins or containers that live in the fridge, pull them out and let them reach room temperature - make sure they are free from condensation. I like to use rubbing alcohol to prep the surface, however, do NOT use rubbing alcohol on wood surface like on The Container Store Birch Clips (I learned that one the hard way).
Step 2: Prep the label
Temperature changes during shipping can have an effect on your vinyl. To set yourself up for success, take a credit card and rub the top of the label while holding down both ends. What we're doing here is making sure the vinyl is sticking to the transfer tape and not the paper backing.
Step 3: My special trick
Don't peel off the label just yet! Lift up an edge of the transfer tape and cut off an edge of the paper backing. You want to expose a part of the transfer tape just enough to hold the label in place on whatever surface you are applying it to.
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Step 4: Position the label
Position the label on the surface using the exposed edge of the transfer tape to hold the label in place. If you're a little OCD like me you can take a ruler to check that your label is perfectly centered and level.
Step 5: Apply it
With your label in it's desired position it's go-time! Lift up the label on the free end and SLOWLY peel off the backing paper. Carefully smooth the label onto the surface with your fingers then using a credit card press down FIRMLY and smooth out any air bubbles.
Step 6: Remove transfer tape
Once your label is securely attached, take on corner of the clear transfer tape and SLOWLY pull downwards at a sharp angle (180 degrees). And voilà! You have now applied your label with perfect precision.
If you run into any issues along the way, check out the troubleshooting videos on my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/@thisjoyfulhouse/shorts