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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Isnt the easiest to apply. Lots of detail..
This art is very beautiful. The detail in this is insane.. Which is fantastic. But also not that good also.. This wall art does come with a clear transfer sheet that you much apply to the art first Then apply the transfer paper to your wall.
I feel in love with this art the minute I saw this. I thought how cool would this be on my wall. I had the perfect spot picked out also.
So I get it all ready and remembering from a previous wall art with the same tecnique.. I knew I was going to be in trouble the minute I stuck it to my wall. This elephant art has so many small fine detailed lines i worked on removing the transfer paper from my wall for almost an hour before I decided to just take a break and I'll go back at it later. This does take some time to remove without ripping any lines or details. The smaller pieces are very hard to get off of the paper. They stick to the transfer paper but not that great to my wall. I do have a somewhat of a texture to my wall also so that may be the reason why its not sticking that great. I prefer the art that is already stuck on the transfer paper to begin with when you get it. They seem to come off the paper a lot easier. With this one it's just to difficult and frustrating to sit there that long and peel, restick, peel, restick.. Because Every time you peel.off the wall a piece of the art comes with it so you have to restick it and pull it back again hoping for better luck. I don't have time for that. I also tried a hair dryer thinking it would help stuck to the wall better.. Don't do that cause all that did was melt some of the transfer paper to the art. Making it more difficult to remove and make stick to the wall. My patience wears thin so this is something to be worked on for a few days little by little. Don't expect to unroll this. Stick it to the transfer paper and slap it on the wall and think it's going to come out looking fabulous without work being put into it. I love the detail, hate that it's really that time consuming..
Disclaimer: I did receive this product for a discounted price in return for my honest review
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
It's a pretty decal but it's a little different than pictured and has some application issues...
Ok, for starters, I have my OWN vinyl cutting machine and used to have a business selling decals and personalized items similar to this one. When I order things like this, I tend to be perhaps a little overly critical as I know what goes in to them and what they SHOULD look like.
That being said, I think the average consumer would be satisfied with this purchase. It's large, somewhat detailed and looks beautiful when properly applied.
As someone who works with vinyl, I am less than impressed. If you look carefully at the listing photos, you'll see that there are actually (at least) two different versions of this decal pictured. The main image (as well as the second) features a version that is far more detailed than the one in the rest of the pictures- which is also the one you will receive. I am sure it's not entirely by accident that the first two pictures are MUCH clearer and close up than the ones that follow. The missing details are not essential as the image is still beautiful just the way you receive it but it's unfair and misleading to those of us likely to notice the differences. I'll attach pictures of the hands and crown- some of the most obvious, as well as of one of the places where the vinyl was so badly bent that it won't stick to the backing anymore.
It is also poorly packaged, which is probably what led to some of the application issues that others had. Mine came wrapped around a piece of foam- it should have been rolled and placed in, or at least around, a solid tube. Any folding, bending or creasing of the plastic/transfer paper will cause the vinyl to pull away from the backing and either get stuck to itself, lose some or all of it's stick, OR become too tightly adhered to the transfer paper. Vinyl is more likely to get too stuck to transfer paper when it's exposed to heat and/or left on the transfer paper for a long time and both of those things are a risk when you're shipping from overseas- I assume that's why they shipped it without first attaching the transfer paper but to expect a customer to know how to do such a thing is pretty ridiculous.
The instructions were NOT sufficient for a decal of this size, with the above factors working against it and especially considering most customers won't have much prior experience- if any. There was also NO application tool- a large popsicle stick costs 2 cents and will at least help...
Some tips for those of you who may be struggling or just curious before you start:
Lay the transfer paper down, sticky side up and then lay the decal face down on top of it. It makes it easier to align that way.
BURNISH BURNISH BURNISH! That's a fancy word for "rub as hard as you can" pretty much. Do the entire back first- meaning rub the paper backing of the decal all over.
With something this size, work in smaller sections starting from a corner and working from one side of the decal to the other. Take a credit card or a popsicle stick or a ruler OR a small squeegee if you have one and work little by little. The warmth from your fingers can sometimes help as well but DO NOT use heat from an outside source- like a previous reviewer learned, that will melt your decal to the transfer paper.
Peel SLOOOOOOOWLY at first and if the transfer tape doesn't come off VERY easily, go back and keep burnishing until it does. When properly burnished, you should be able to rip the tape off like a bandaid and still come away with a perfect image- not suggesting you try that though!
This is also going to work best on a totally flat surface that has been cleaned with either rubbing alcohol OR a dry, lint-free rag first. Don't use ANYTHING that could leave a residue.
If it doesn't stick well enough to the wall after you have removed the transfer tape, you CAN use the heat from a blow dryer to help it adhere but that will void anything the listing says about being "easily removable" or not damaging the paint. Heat will melt the vinyl adhesive to your wall, essentially, so only do that if you want a permanent placement or don't mind having to repaint your wall completely- it could take a few layers with it when you do pull it off.
Overall, I do think this is pretty and for the price, it's certainly not a bad deal if you're ok with the issues listed above. Vinyl is hard work and often a lot of it is done by hand after the machine is done- part of why they're often so expensive unless they're from large companies, etc.
I received this item at a discount in exchange for my honest review.
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This is a nice vinyl wall decal sticker and had a few more ...
By Mrs. Stewart
This is a nice vinyl wall decal sticker and had a few more application steps than I have seen with other vinyl wall decals I have used that are ready to go out of the box. That is okay, as the extra time and effort was worth the final outcome. I did not apply this decal to the wall directly as I didn't know exactly where I wanted to put it and my tastes change often and I do a bit of rearranging here and there and wanted this decal to be movable as my tastes change. I applied this decal to a piece of plywood that I had prepared and hung it on the wall that way! I really love it and am very happy with how well it turned out. The decal was easy to apply and has not shown any signs of not wanting to stick. I received this Vinyl Wall Decal Sticker Art Decor by OEM at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.