Instructions for Applying Your Inkjet Waterslide Decals

It’s best if the object you are decaling has a glossy flat (not rounded) surface. Apply decals to a clean surface: ceramic, glass, metal, painted wood, plastic, soap, candles, etc.

  1. Carefully cut out the decal from the sheet (as close to the edges as possible).
  2. Dip the decal in a dish of lukewarm water for 60 seconds. Larger decals may need to soak a little longer.
  3. Placing the decal between your fingers, feel if the decal slides from the paper.
  4. Slide the decal off the backing paper into position on the object. NOTE: If you wet the surface of the object a little, the decal will slide on better.
  5. Gently blot excess water with a rag or paper towel and smooth with fingers or a straight edge object to work out any bubbles.
  6. Allow to dry.
  7. Apply a coat of spray varnish (like Krylon Crystal Clear Finishing Spray) or a brush on varnish (like Delta Ceramcoat) over the object to seal the decal and protect from fading, surface scratches, and moisture.
  8. Allow setting time of about 3 hours to dry. Your decorated object is ready! NOTE: You can speed up drying time by placing your decorated object under/near a fan.

Helpful Tips

  • You’ll get the best results if you use your decals on a white or cream colored surface.
  • It’s easiest to reposition your decals and get them just where you want them if you apply them to a glossy surface.
  • If the item being decorated has a “matte” finish (such as walls), make sure you wet the surface slightly before applying the decal to make it slide on better. That way the decal slides into position & adheres well. Then you should use a matte coating spray to seal your decals in place such as Krylon Matte Finish spray.
  • Please buy only what you plan to use in the next few months, rather than buying a bunch and storing them for a year. Depending on your area’s humidity and temperature, they may not age well. They might get brittle with age or can curl if exposed to too much humidity. When you do store them, it’s helpful if you put them in a plastic bag or folder for keeping them from the humidity, and store them flat.