Wall Decals on Textured Walls

wall decals on textured walls

We got asked a lot about applying wall decals on textured walls. Well, it really depends on the texture. Contact us before purchasing if you have questions or unsure about your texture.

Even a smooth drywall upon closer look will turn out to have bumps, holes and sharp points. Slightly textured walls such as orange peel, glazing or fresco should work fine with vinyl stickers. Though every texture is different and test decal has to be used first just to assess the application.

The ideal surfaces are glass, mirrors, sealed concrete floors, smooth metal, tile, plastic and finished wood furniture.

CHALLENGING SURFACE (generally not recommended)
It is much harder to stick wall decals to rough, deep textured, porous walls, like Venetian plaster, stucco or sandstone. Rough or sharp points will pierce through vinyl film. It is only 2-3 mm think, so if you place a paper on you wall and rub it with your hands and paper gets pierced, than same would happen with wall decal. If sharp points are spaced out, it won’t distort the final look at all. Deep texture will distort the decal. It might not look as you would’ve expected. The vinyl should stick fine; you just have to bend it carefully around all the grains. If you are installing something abstract than it’s not as important but quotes or fine thin decals won’t work. Porous wall provide a small amount of surface for vinyl to hold on to. It might fall. It is not impossible to install vinyl wall art onto textured wall. Glue, adhesive spray or double side tape can be used. Try small parts and test decals to determine the application outcome. We’ve also read that tennis ball can be used of heavy textured walls to make decal stick. Just press it hard and roll around. Poster tack can also be used. Place it around the edges; do not cover the whole surface. Vinyl adhesive with stick to the highest points of your texture, white poster tack will hold your sticker to any wall. Don’t forget that fine, narrow, delicate lines are not suitable for deep, rough textures, while wider, solid shapes might still work.

Wall decals will NOT adhere to fibrous materials (fabric), and unpainted canvas. Wall decals will damage primed not painted walls once removed. Wall decals do adhere to paper-based materials as a permanent application and are not removable from paper or wallpaper.

DON’T forget that best paint is matte, satin or semi-gloss. It might be harder to install on gloss paint. We recommend leaving transfer tape for a day or so before finishing decal to activate the adhesive.
DO NOT apply to freshly painted walls. Humidity, dampness will interfere with application, and if walls are not completely cure paint might come off when the wall decals are removed.

You’d be surprised but the most often reason is murky unclean walls. The dust that settles on your walls might prevent the adhesive to grab onto the surface. Don’t forget to clean the spot before application. But let it dry thoroughly.