FDC Vinyl on a Car Window.

How to apply sign vinyl to a car window

Calling all vinyl addicts! We have recently expanded our vinyl inventory to include sign vinyl, which can be applied to a variety of surfaces without heat. Check out our post a few weeks back on how to apply vinyl to a planter.

Today, we will show you how to apply our FDC High Gloss vinyl to a car window. This is a great way to add a personal touch to your vehicle, whether you may be advertising your business or creating your own unique stick figure family!

This process only takes a few minutes, but does require you to work slowly, especially when working with a larger design area. You want to pay careful attention to make sure that the design is transferred smoothly and evenly.

I started off by creating my design in Adobe Illustrator, and exporting the file as an AutoCAD Interchange File (*.DXF) to work with our in-house Silhouette cutter. I loaded my white glossy vinyl into the cutter, and off to work it went!

Silhouette cutter

Silhoutte Cutter

After the design is cut, I used a weeding tool  to weed away the excess material. Next, I cut a piece of gridded clear/blue application tape to the size of my design, peeled the backing off the tape, and applied the adhesive side of the tape to the vinyl. Prepare the sticker for application by firmly rubbing a squeegee or credit card across the clear transfer tape to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.

FDC Vinyl

Before applying the vinyl, you want to make sure your surface area is cleaned thoroughly, using either rubbing alcohol or soap & water. Stay away from Windex or similar products – they will leave a residue behind that will prevent the vinyl from bonding well. Make sure the freshly cleaned area is as dry as possible before applying your design.

FDC VInyl on car

Before peeling the backing paper off, test the placement of your design on the window or windshield before adhering. Take this time to line up any text, and center your design. We used thermal tape to help keep the design in place as we did our aligning.

FDC Vinyl on window

Next, peel the white backing paper off slowly as you lower the adhesive transfer tape onto the window’s surface. Since we left our scissors inside of the office, we used our hands to rip the backing paper off into sections. Doing one area at a time will ensure that you line everything up nicely and create less bubbles.
FDC vinyl on car window
Use your squeegee or credit card to rub the design in place firmly as you go, and to eliminate as many air bubbles as possible. In this case, we made sure to rub each letter individually using firm pressure to ensure that they would not stick to the transfer tape when we peeled it off.
Peeling FDC Vinyl
Once you are done giving it a good go with the squeegee, it’s time to peel! Remove the application tape by pulling from one corner 180 degrees against itself so as not to lift the decal/graphic from the surface.
Remove the application tape by pulling from one corner 180 degrees against itself so as not to lift the decal/graphic from the surface. If you find that part of your design is sticking to the transfer tape, just lay that area back down gently, and rub it firmly again with the squeegee before continuing to peel.
FDC Vinyl on car
 Now stand back, and admire your freshly decorated window or windshield! And have fun dreaming of all the ways to expand your t-shirt business with this awesome, versatile product.  😉
FDC Vinyl on car
FDC Vinyl on a car window