Application of Decal

Use within 2 months; after 60 days, proper adhesion is not guaranteed.  For best results, store decals in a dust-free, low humidity environment such as a refrigerator . 

DO NOT SAND FINISH prior to application.  DO NOT USE A TACK RAG. The resulting dust from sanding and chemicals in tack rags can cause decals to not adhere properly. 

Waxed or polished fallboards can cause decals to not adhere properly.  Clean waxed surfaces with a mild soap solution to remove wax polish.  Allow to thoroughly dry prior to applying decal. 

 

Decals Application Instructions

1. Remove staple, tape decal in desired spot.  Properly align decal using a ruler against the bottom lettering on the decal.  Do not align ruler against the cut edge of the backing sheet.  Tip: to easily remove staple, use a scissor to cut off the stapled corner.

2. Remove the backing sheet and save for step 5. 

3. Rub decal down (known as burnishing).  Use a flat, broad-end burnishing tool 1/2" to 3/4" wide on larger parts - curved end on fine lines.  Hold burnishing tool at a 45 degree angle to decal while burnishing decal off carrier sheet.  A burnishing tool is available for a nominal fee. 

4. Lift the carrier sheet slowly.  Rub in front of the decal art as sheet is slowly lifted up.  This is especially important with larger soundboard decals.  If any part of decal remains on sheet; reburnish remaining portion while still taped in place. 

5. Burnish again using backing sheet from step 2.  Place backing sheet of top of decal and burnish again to ensure maximum adhesion. 

6. Finish over decal if possible.  Finish is recommended to protect decal from fingernails of aggressive players and children.  If possible, the decal surface should be in a horizontal position when finish is applied. 

   -   Sprayed-On

Finish : spray on sealer or lacquer using a couple of very light mist coats. Allow to dry thoroughly.  Continue to finish. 

   -   Brushed-On

Finish : using as few strokes as possible, brush on shellac, urethane, or other finish.  A foam brush is recommended because it creates less agitation.  Allow to dry thoroughly.   Do not apply the kind of varnish that requires 24 hours to dry directly over the decal, apply a shellac coat first to lock in and seal the decal from the varnish coat.