How To Apply A Wall Decal-Colour Me Balloon

How To Apply A Wall Decal

How To Apply A Wall Decal

Although decals are quite simple to apply to a wall, it makes sense to familiarise yourself with the process to ensure that you get it right first time.


  • Credit card or squeegee (preferably an old one)
  • Ruler/Tape Measure
  • Pencil

A spirit level may be handy if you need precision placement but not absolutely necessary.

Step 1 - Prepare the surface

A little preparation goes a long way. Decals work best on smooth, clean surfaces. Wipe down the surface to remove any surface dirt. Once the surface has been cleaned, if wiped with damp cloth it needs to be completely dry before attempting to apply the decal. We recommend either leaving the surface for a few hours or using a hair dryer for a few minutes to ensure surface is totally dry.

Step 2 - Measure and mark

If you've chosen a decal that needs a definite position then this is a great point to mark up exactly where you want your decal to go. This is not important if you're going for a more random pattern based decal, but it's still worth considering. A tape measure and a pencil are the tools you need to get this right. Keep the pencil marks really light so you can erase them at the end.

Step 3 - Prep the decal

Place your decal onto a flat surface with the graphic side facing down. Firmly rub the transfer tape using your credit card or squeegee to help make sure the decal sticks to the transfer tape.

Step 4 - Peel off the backing sheet

Flip your decal over. Starting in one corner (the choice is yours), slowly peel away the backing sheet - rolling it works well for this. Take it nice and slow and make sure that no part of the decal is stuck to the backing sheet. If an area of the decal does stick to the backing sheet roll it back down and firmly press the decal back onto the application tape (again your credit card is good here).

Step 5 - Position your decal

Carefully position your decal with transfer tape onto your chosen surface. When you’re happy with the position press one edge of the tape firmly against the surface. Now you can start to smooth your decal against the surface from the centre towards the edges using your trusty credit card.

Step 6 - Peel off the application tape

With your decal in place it’s time to remove the transfer tape. Again start in one corner (it makes sense to work from the top) and peel away slowly. If you find that any part of the decal is stuck to the transfer tape, roll it back into place and use your credit card or squeegee to help fix it to the wall. Continue the process until you’ve removed the application tape. You can now erase the positional pencil marks.

That's it, all done! Stand back and admire your handiwork.