Tools needed to apply your decal: 
Decal, Isopropyl alcohol, Tape Measure, Soft Cloth and a Squeegee

Steps for applying your vinyl decal:

Step 1: Examine your surface

Make sure the surface that you want to apply your decal to is smooth with no texture. Some plastics are textured or "rough" by nature, you will want to avoid applying decals to surfaces of this nature. Do not apply vinyl to rubber surfaces, it will stick but it's only a matter of time before it peels off. The best surfaces to apply a decal to are painted metal, glass and smooth plastic surfaces. These surfaces will allow your decal to adhere properly.

Step 2: Clean the surface
Cleaning your surface is the most important aspect of successful vinyl decal application. You can use alcohol for the best results. It is most effective in removing dirt, dust, road grime, and small bits of adhesive. My favorite type of alcohol is 91% isopropyl alcohol. You can buy this at CVS or if you need a lot of alcohol you can buy an entire case here:   Isopropyl Alcohol Pint Pack Of 12.

Step 3: Decal Placement
Tear off two small (1") strips of 3M Economy Masking Tape and apply one to the two top corners of your decal. This will allow you to place your decal before you peel the backing off and apply it. Place the decal in the desired location.

Step 4: Make sure your decal is level
Get our your trusty Empire Measuring Tape and make sure your decal is level. There are two obvious ways to do this. The first way is to measure the distance between the bottom of your decal to a straight line or edge on your surface. Make sure you measure the left corner's distance, and then match the right corner's distance so that your decal will be level. The other method is normally used when you have a lot of flat-bottomed letters to measure by. Basically you will measure from the edge of your surface to the bottom of a flat letter on one side of your decal. Using the same surface edge match the distance to a letter on the other end of your decal. This will ensure your decal is level.


Step 5: Tape your decal down
Now that you have your decal level and in place, you need to secure the entire top edge with a long strip of your 3M Masking tape. This creates a "hinge" that will allow you to apply your decal in the most easiest manner.



Step 6: Apply your decal
The hinge you created in step 5 will allow you to "flip" the decal up so you can peel off the backing. Flip the decal up and peel off the backing half way. Only peeling the backing off half way will allow you to keep the decal tight, preventing the edges from flopping down and sticking prematurely. With the backing peeled back, take your squeegee and lightly press down on the top part of your decal in a horizontal sweeping motion. This will allow for a smooth application with no bubbles or wrinkles. After you have applied your decal up to the half way mark, you can then carefully peel off the rest of the backing and continue to apply your decal.


Step 7: Remove application tape
Take the top edge of your decal's application tape and start peeling it off at a 45 degree angle. That's it you have applied your first vinyl decal.