Awhile back, we wrote about how to choose the best paint for your walls, especially when you plan on decorating with Dali Decals! We went over things like paint finish, curing time, textured paint, and stain blocking paints (all things to take into consideration when it comes to decal application!)
There are lots of things that may cause issues with your decals sticking properly, and a lot of people just don’t realize it! While we want all of our customers to all have amazingly perfect surfaces for our decals, we realize that that’s just not always possible. I’d like to go over a few important tips again!
- First, if you haven’t read our original post about paint, please check that out!
- Always make sure you allow 2-3 weeks’ time for your paint to cure before applying your decals! We’ve actually applied decals the next day, so yes, it’s possible that they’ll work just fine, but it’s not something we can warranty, especially if you’re hoping for a longer lasting application. And, more importantly, our materials manufacturer recommends at least 2 weeks. Don’t shoot the messenger! They say that decals will bubble and release from the wall if the fresh paint isn’t allowed proper cure time.
- Highly textured paint and/or surfaces cause us to lose sleep at night! They just don’t work well with decals. BUT to be sure, you can always order practice decals before taking the plunge!
- Unprimed walls. Make sure your walls are primed and then painted first! It makes a big difference, and stick to regular VOC paints if at all possible! The low and Zero VOC paints just make application super tricky and require the patience of a saint. (or.. whoever else might be really patient.)
- Moisture, condensation, humidity, are all things to consider when it comes to decals adhering properly! If you have a cooling system with pipes running behind the area where the decals are supposed to go, those could create condensation, thus allowing moisture to build up in the drywall and creating a decal disaster!
- Dust, dirt, and other random stuff makes our wall decals not so sticky! Ever use a lint roller in the sand? If not, just pretend you have. You can imagine what would happen, anyway! You know how all that sand would most likely stick and you have to remove that outer layer of sticky stuff on your lint roller to get a fresh new piece of sticky stuff? Well that happens with decals too, except we don’t have limitless adhesive stuff to keep exposing! Best bet is to make sure your surface is clean and dry before installation!
- Wallpapered surfaces can be tricky. Definitely try that practice decal I mentioned above before making your purchase.
This is not meant to scare you away! We’ve had hundreds of thousands of happy customers with little to no issues with their decals, but that doesn’t mean this information isn’t important! Someone out there may read these and decide that decals in general just won’t work for their space, and that’s okay! We’d rather provide educational info than have you go through the process of buying, trying and returning. NO fun.
Ideally, we want all of our customers to be happy and educated about our product!
Examples of good surfaces and bad surfaces!