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Tips and Tricks: Transfer Tape + Video

This post goes into great detail explaining how transfer tape works. But if you’re more of a video sort of gal, check out the following Video from our resident “Man Crafters.”

Man Crafters: Vinyl Transfer Tape: Join “Man Crafters,” Todd and Kermit as they show you tips and tricks of why you cannot live without good transfer tape when using VINYL. This new Manufacturer Mini Series is entertaining and helpful!


Transfer tape is used for getting your cut and weeded vinyl design off the backing paper and onto your final substrate, keeping it together and even. Once you have cut your design in vinyl, take your X-acto knife and weed away the excess vinyl. Get a sheet of transfer tape and lay it down over the design very lightly, sometimes it is helpful to have 2 people each take a side to avoid it sticking down too quickly or uneven.

Take your squeegee and start in the middle of the transfer tape, using up and down strokes with medium pressure, move out to the edges of the design. Once you have it down go over the entire thing with a bit more pressure tomake sure the vinyl is held securely to the transfer tape.

Start pulling from the edge, and lift the transfer tape and vinyl away from the backing paper until it is completely separate. You are now ready to place the design on your substrate. Once you have it even and ready to apply take your squeegee and repeat the up and down strokes from the middle to the edges again with medium to hard pressure. Once the entire thing is done, pull the transfer tape away from the substrate leaving the vinyl securely in place. Throw away the transfer tape, it will not be used again. Transfer Tape is a great way to ensure an even and successful outcome to any vinyl design, especially lettering!

A squeegee is used to apply transfer tape to vinyl as well as vinyl to your final substrate. Lay down a sheet of transfer tape to your cut and weeded vinyl, start in the middle and move the squeegee toward the edges in up and down strokes until the entire vinyl design is covered. Pull the transfer tape and vinyl off the backing paper and apply to substrate. Once you have the vinyl positioned where you want it, use your squeegee in the same up and down strokes from the middle out to the edges. Once you have covered the entire surface area, pull the transfer tape off, the vinyl should be held securely in place. These work much better that a credit card!

Stabilo Pencils are a great tool to have when you need an ultra removable marking device. You can write on paper, glass, plastic, metal, mirrors and paint, it comes right off with a little glass cleaner or any type of liquid cleaner. They are often used to make level lines on the walls or substrate you will be applying vinyl to. We highly suggest this be a part of your vinyl accessory kit.

Finished product on the wall!!

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