Walls - Vinyl can be used on a multitude of surfaces, provided the surface is clean, dry, and basically flat. There are some paints, glazes, wallpapers, and finishes that won't hold vinyl well, so make sure you try a sample before you begin a project. High humidity, particles of cooking oil, dirt, grime, wall finishes, and texture will affect the "stickability" of vinyl. If you need to wipe your wall down, just use a little dish soap and warm water. Then make sure the surface is well dried before applying vinyl.
Tile - Tile can be used in a variety of settings .... in a bathtub or shower, on a backsplash in the kitchen or bathroom, or simply as a single tile shown on an easel. As with all surfaces, the tile should be wiped clean with a damp rag and allowed to dry well. Choose low to moderate textures on the tile if you wanting to apply vinyl. Raw, unfinished sides can be left as is or have a black, sharpie marker line drawn all around them. Backs can also be left as is, or have some kind of backing like felt applied.
Glass - Glass and mirrors are not as forgiving as other surfaces so be extra careful when you're laying vinyl. Also, cleaning glass with a diluted vinegar/water mixture is better than using a household product like Windex because the vinyl sticks better. Just make sure you wipe the glass down well or dust particles will create bumps under your vinyl. Products such as Rapid Tac and Action Tac can be sprayed on the glass beforehand to give you the ability to adjust vinyl on glass before it sets, and the ability to press tiny little bubbles which naturally form between vinyl and glass. They are somewhat spendy and not a requirement for smaller, around-the-home glass projects, but they are definitely required for high performance exterior vinyl and large glass/mirror projects. The products then dry clear without a residue.
Picture frames - To convert a favorite glass-enclosed picture frame into a see-through wall hanging, simply remove the backing and pull out any little metal brackets. Place the frame face down on a flat surface. Then run a thin bead of clear silicone along the inner edge where the glass rests, place the glass on the adhesive, and run another thin bead of clear silicone along the top edge of glass, adhering the glass to the frame. With a wet finger, smooth the thin bead of caulk so that it presses into all the crevices, and let harden, or cure, for 12-24 hours. Leave the frame laying face down during the curing process. Then with a straight-edge razor, scrape off the excess silicone and clean the glass. The surface is now ready to apply vinyl.
Glazes & Topcoats - Using a glaze or a finishing product on top of vinyl gives a different look to your project, but it is not necessary. We suggest that you avoid all aerosol (spray) finishing topcoats, as they cause your vinyl letters to curl upward.
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