Will wall stickers damage my wall?
Wall stickers are made of self adhesive vinyl. This means they have an adhesive on the back of the vinyl. There is always some chance that when you remove the wall stickers some paint may come away, and anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful. Even repositionable vinyl can stick more solidly after years of not being moved.
The reason the answer is not very specific, is that we don’t know the condition of your wall, or anything about the surface. So if you have a paintjob on the walls where you can see any visible signs of bubbles existing between your paint and the wall- or if the paint appears old and damaged already, then it is more likely the paint may come away.
If you have a freshly painted wall, that is two coats and has been primed and sanded between coats- the likelihood is that the paint is well attached to your wall. In this case, you should be more confident that you won’t have a problem.
Ask your supplier of wall vinyl to provide a test piece, and use this test piece on the wall surface. Or if you use a piece of masking tape and stick it to your wall, then remove it a day later, this can also be an indicator of the quality of the paint.
What sort of surfaces can we stick wall stickers to?
Different wall sticker suppliers all use different vinyls. So be sure to consider this answer only in reference to the wall stickers that are provided by us at Cool Art Vinyl.
Our wall stickers are made of the highest quality vinyl that can conform well to many surfaces. Ideally the surface is a flat smooth surface. However the vinyl can conform over tiles in a bathroom, into grooves, around corners and over gaps.
The trick is the surface must be non porous. So a well painted and sealed brick may be okay for wall stickers, but one which is not sealed will not be suitable for the vinyl.
Plasterboard is good. But again, it needs to be properly painted and sealed. Office cabinets made of melamine work well for using the decals to customise that space. Doors, painted on steel. Mirrors and glass.
Can you do custom wall sticker designs for us?
We have a commercial design division called Cool Art Design and they do many commercial custom projects. The starting price is approx. $200 and up. These custom projects include full wall graphics, customised wall papers, door art skins, vinyl lettering and some creative signage.
If you want to customise a design for a residential space- we do offer a CREATE YOUR OWN service online for your own wall quotes, or you can choose from many catalogue items and select different fonts or colours. If you really want something exclusive, that custom design does start at $200.
Can we install the wall stickers on canvas?
Wall stickers need to adhere to a non porous, non flexible surface. Some customers have managed to lacquer a canvas surface, install the vinyl on top then lacquer again.
In our opinion that is a waste of money. You are paying for the properties of vinyl when really you are doing a decoupage and paper would be fine.
We don’t recommend it. If you really want a product you can move, you can consider getting a printed canvas from us where we print the design directly onto the canvas and stretch it on a frame for you. Or you could buy yourself a glass or acrylic frame and install the vinyl on top of that.
Please note as well, that even though you may have some success initially with vinyl sticking to canvas, this is very short term. As the canvas breathes and air passes through it, the adhesive on the vinyl will lessen and eventually start falling off.
How hard is it to install the wall stickers?
Some people find it harder than others, and some designs are more intricate that others. So in general, we can confidently say that we do not sell any items online that we don’t believe you can self-install. This is one of the reasons you will not find over-sized graphics on our website.
The larger the item, and the more intricate it is, the more complex it will be to install.
We have been the experts in vinyl lettering for a long time now, and we believe this is the most challenging thing to install. You need to ensure you get your sentences nice and straight. Then follow the process provided to install.
95% of the time when a customer has rung us having problems installing, they have not read our comprehensive instructions, or they only read them afterwards.
Even if you have bought wall stickers from other companies, we know that our installation methods are different. We encourage a very patient and slow installation to ensure that you get your product right. Test pieces in every kit are designed to be practised with, and we provide installation tools like squeegees and double A3 instructions with photos and step and by step text.
We have videos, photo essays and articles online on our blog and websites to assist as well.