Installing your Fathead Wall Decal - Rub on Transfer Method

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Gather Your Tools

Step 1: Cut Out Your Decal Or Cut Out Pieces Of Your Decal

  • Your decal may be divided into sections by bold red lines; if this is the case, cut on each side of the red lines to separate all sections. The red lines are not intended to go on your wall, only to show you where to cut.

Step 2: Smooth Out Paper Backing

  • Place your decal face down so that the paper backing is facing up.
  • Run the smoothing squeegee across the whole decal so that the decal firmly adheres to the transfer paper.

Step 3: Clean

  • Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe down your surface, but make sure to let the surface dry completely before hanging your decal.
  • Do not use a cleaner, such as soap, since this can decrease adhesion of the decal.

Step 4: Measure

  • Measure the space where you plan on hanging your decal to ensure it fits the way you want it to - the dimensions of your decal can be found on
  • Use a pencil to mark key points on the wall so you know exactly where to position your decal.
  • Using a level will help to create straight & even marks.

Step 5: Tape in Position

  • With the paper backing against the wall, hang the decal(s) on the wall using painter’s tape and use a level to make sure the decal is straight. Some designs have arrows you can use to line up and ensure your decal is straight.
  • If your decal includes multiple sections you should have cut around the red lines in step 1 to separate the pieces. If you have not yet done that, do it now. To align the pieces to create the finished design refer to the product label that was included with your shipment.
  • Anything on the transfer sheet can be placed on the wall, but can be removed without damaging your wall.

Step 6: Peel Off Backing & Stick Decal To Wall

  • Keep the decal attached to the wall with the top piece of tape, flip the decal up and carefully peel the paper backing slightly. Be careful not to peel the decal off with the backing. (a)
  • Continue peeling the backing off while pressing the transfer paper and decal to the wall. (b)

Step 7: Press & Smooth

  • Working slowly as you lift the transfer paper, use the smoothing squeegee to smooth out the decal under the transfer paper to remove any bubbles or bumps. Work in small sections as you move along applying firm strokes while taking your times.
  • Focus your efforts on the areas where the decal contacts the wall to ensure strong adhesion between the decal and the wall. The stronger the bond between the decal and the wall, the easier it will be to remove the transfer paper without lifting the decal. This is where having a partner will make a real difference in the final outcome.

Step 8: Peel Off Transfer Paper

  • Start from the thickest part of the design and start to peel back the transfer paper keeping it close to the wall. Be careful not to pull out on the transfer paper as this will pull the decal off the wall. Instead, slowly roll the transfer paper in the direction you are peeling.
  • As you peel, keep the decal firmly adhered to the wall by using the squeegee to apply pressure on the section of the transfer paper you are about to remove. You may also want to use a squeegee on the decal after the transfer paper has been removed to ensure that it is firmly adhered to the wall.
  • If pieces of the decal come up while peeling, backtrack a bit and use the squeegee to assist in pressing the pieces back on the wall.

Step 9: Show It Off!

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