In the more recent years, there have been a burst of DIY (“do it yourself,”) projects that have seemingly cropped up from nowhere. Perhaps in the modern day technological age, there is more free time to spare; or perhaps, there is more of an interest in creating authentic things from the art. Whichever the reason, this popularity has seen an explosion in the ways to spice up a room or any surface. Some projects are easier than others. One that is currently quite trendy and for all the right reasons is the wall sticker in Sydney.
Otherwise known as a ‘vinyl,’ these pieces of adhesives come in varying colours, ranges and sizes which mean that there is likely a type out there for everyone. They are made out of very thin vinyl, made using a cutting plotter. Cutting plotter machines typically only offer a few colours to have the vinyls in, meaning that each vinly is generally only one colour. The machine places the adhesive to the back of the material and then places the peel-off backing over that, which is later removed by the customer.
Historically, these vinyls were used in the place of signs or advertising. Today, they have become a popular DIY project or a popular decoration to spice up any surface. The adhesive on the back means they can be appended to any area, either for aesthetic or informative purposes. Despite having adhesive on the back, they can be removed from their surface for up to five years without damaging the paint. Perhaps the reason that they have grown to be so popular is their ease to stick down and remove, with no fear of paint peeling if done correctly. There have, however, been instances in which the vinyls adhesive has not agreed with the surface they had been placed on and fallen down.
For the best results when applying one of these, it is recommended to do several things. The first is to select the surface that the vinyl will rest upon. It is important to choose an area of the surface that does not have any dirt or paint flecking from it, as this can damage the adhesive or have the adhesive damage the surface. The surface does not have to be a big space either, it can be as small as one likes. The important thing is to have the measurement recorded before purchasing or creating the vinyls, as they will need to fit in the designated area.
Once choosing the area and purchasing or making the vinyls, it is recommended to clean the surface and leave to dry completely. After it has completely dried, set the vinyls against the surface in the preferred pattern. This requires some maneuvering. After this, remove the backing paper and slowly stick down, taking care to smooth the vinyl as it is being pressed down to avoid creases and crinkles.