Applying bicycle decals can be a bit of a tricky process, but with some patience and attention to detail, you can achieve a great result.
Where to fit them:
If the original transfers remain on the frame, record their positions before refinishing the frame. If this is not possible you can search for similar frames on Google Images, or seek the help of fellow bicycle enthusiasts on various online forums to obtain photos of the decal placement.
When to fit them:
It is best to apply the new decals before the final clear-coating of the frame to protect them from weather and damage. However, if they are applied to an already finished frame, use the protection method described below.
How to fit them:
- To start the vinyl decal application process, it's important to ensure that the surface is clean and free of any debris that could prevent it from sticking properly. You can do this by using warm water and a mild soap to clean the area and remove any dust, dirt, or grime. Once you have effectively cleaned the surface, make sure it is completely dry before continuing with the decal application.
- To prepare the decals, you must individually cut them out since they are provided in a sheet along with other decals. Using a pair of scissors or a hobby knife, carefully cut out each decal, providing some additional space around the edges.
- To properly position the decals on the frame, take your time and be meticulous about the positioning. Decide on the desired location for the decal on the bike frame and consider using masking tape to mark the spot.
- To properly adhere the decals, we recommend applying pressure to the application paper before peeling it off. This can be achieved by using a squeegee or a plastic card. Afterwards, turn the decals face down and remove the backing paper at an angle, ensuring that the decals remain attached to the application tape.
- After completing the preparation process, the decals are now primed for attaching to the designated area. Commence the decal application onto the bicycle frame, ensuring to cover from one end to the opposite side. Either utilize your fingers or a delicate fabric to softly glide the decal onto the frame. Begin at the middle point and gradually progress outwards towards the edges, prudently pushing out any trapped air bubbles along the way to ensure its complete adhesion.
- After placing each decal, you can start removing the application tape by cautiously pulling it back at a 180-degree angle. Note that decals may not adhere well to some powder-coat finishes, so exercise caution when peeling them off.
- Repeat this process for all the decals. Keep positioning, peeling, and smoothing out each decal until you have applied all of them.
- It is an optional step to apply low heat using a heat gun or a hairdryer, as it can enhance the adhesion of the vinyl decal to the bike frame.
- We recommend applying our durable decals before clear coating to ensure maximum protection and enhance their appearance with a glossy finish. However, if the frame has been fully finished and clear-coated, we recommend masking around the transfer then spray a light coating of clear spray-on lacquer over the transfer. Apply several light coats of lacquer rather than a heavy coat, which may cause loss of definition. Ensure that the lacquer is compatible with your paint finish and transfer before use.
That's it! With some patience and careful attention, you should be able to successfully apply the vinyl decals to your bike frame.