Do Wall Decals Work on Textured Walls?

Wall decals add a nice touch to your home.

However, certain walls make it rather difficult to apply the decals.

Most homes have textured walls so we’re going to dive into the topic of decals on textured walls. Is it possible and will it affect the quality of the decal?

Can You Put Wall Decals on Textured Walls?

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Many people aren’t fully aware of what to put vinyl decals on.

Most decals are marketed toward those who want to apply them on smooth surfaces. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t place them on textured walls.

Applying decals onto a smooth surface is easier compared to a textured one.

Certain actions won’t necessarily be required when applying decals to a smooth wall such as constantly applying heat.

But when it comes to textured walls, you’re going to need to be patient and take your time.

At the end of the day, it’s possible to put wall decals on textured walls. So let’s go over the process of doing such a task.

Applying Wall Decals to Textured Walls

Now that we’ve established that it’s possible, let’s cover how to apply vinyl decals to textured walls.

Clean the Wall and Position the Decal

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The first step is to clean your textured surface with water and a cloth. You should leave the wall to dry for a few minutes.

This ensures that the decal sets on a clean surface and is also how to keep wall decals from falling off.

Most vinyl decals have positioning points on the corners and the center, with the arrows indicating the center of the decal.

Temporarily set the decal on the wall using some tape and a level to ensure that it’s straight.

The final positioning step is to mark the outline of the decal on the wall before taking it down.

There are however some difficulties in this first step depending on certain factors like the weather. Applying vinyl decals in cold weather can be a mission as walls become moist and wet.

Preparing the Decal

Lay the decal on a flat surface with the grid facing up and proceed to wipe the decal down before peeling off the cover.

This is a similar process to applying a vinyl decal to a window, but it’s going to take a little longer to dry.

The key is to be slow and not rush the peeling process as this could tarnish the appearance of the decal.

Placing the Decal on the Wall

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The back side of the decal should fit nicely between the frame we marked earlier.

Once the positioning is correct, smooth out the design by pressing down on it with your hand or an application tool for smoothing.

The decal should be stuck to your wall at this point, and you can begin peeling the transfer tape.

Peeling the Final Pieces

Peeling the decal can lead to problems like the vinyl becoming stuck to the transfer tape, but this can be solved with heat. 

Applying a hair dryer to the decal helps separate the vinyl from the transfer tape.

Another way it helps is ripping small pieces of the transfer paper from the wall that tend to stay there after the peeling process. 

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This is a better method than using a wet cloth as we don’t want water to meet the decal.

The design will come off in layers so be sure to press your fingers directly against the wall as you pull away the transfer paper.

You want to work with small peeling areas and apply heat as warm vinyl has a higher chance of sticking to the wall.

Be sure to continue using the hair dryer as you peel to guarantee a smoother peeling process. Once the decal is on the wall, lightly press against it to ensure it sticks.

Continue peeling in layers and voila, your custom vinyl wall decal is on your textured wall. Finally, remove the tape markings we made earlier and you’re all set.

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