As soon as we heard about our new FDC 4301 series removable vinyl, we couldn’t wait to try it out! Wall vinyl can be applied to any flat surface and removed much easier than normal sign vinyl. It’s our preferred way to decorate interior spaces, phone cases, notebooks, etc. with original designs or pre-made vectors found online, and some wall vinyl. It’s perfect for creating profitable decals for any room!
Unique, original designs are best, but something as simple as text or a quote can be just as effective! Just make sure that your lines are solid. This is typically a project for single color designs using either black or white. Since we are placing our design on a light-colored wall, we are going with black vinyl.
There are a ton of programs to design in, but our favorite is Adobe Illustrator. You can send your design from Illustrator to Graphtec’s Cutting Master plug-in by going to File –> Cutting Master –> Send to Cutting Master. (Learn more about this process here.) From there, simply send your design to the vinyl cutter. Do not mirror the design!
Feed your vinyl in the cutter with the front side facing up (the colored side). The cut settings are very similar to standard heat transfer vinyl. The blade settings we use on our Graphtec vinyl cutter for the FDC 4301 vinyl are:
Speed: 20 cm/s
Always do a test cut and adjust accordingly!
Weed away and mask!
Just like any other vinyl, the next step is to weed away the excess background vinyl. We use our favorite rubber grip weeding tool to help with the process. During the weeding process, the vinyl can easily stick to other pieces and pull up smaller details. Wall vinyl has a very sticky adhesive as you peel it so be careful!
Once all excess vinyl is removed, place masking tape on top and rub with a squeegee or your fingers to remove air bubbles. The manufacturer, FDC, recommends the low tack mask made for removable wall vinyl. We use the medium tack mask, which also works great and is transparent! Apply pressure when rubbing the top of the design to ensure all details are picked up by the tape.
Place on desired surface or wall!
The last step is simple! Peel the masking tape together with the design. Do that in smooth and slow motions, making sure small details are on the tape. From there, place the design on a clean flat surface.
We found a great spot here in our office above a desk! The space looks and feels instantly more zen.