How do I install the conforming wall vinyl material on textured surfaces?

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Our custom vinyl wall decals are ideal for applying long term prints to concrete, mild stucco texture, cinderblock, brick, etc. The conforming properties of this decal will allow you to display your print with a “painted on” look once applied. Continue reading to find out how to get wall vinyl to stick to textured surfaces.

For installation of our conforming decals it’s recommended to use these tools to apply:

  • Heat gun (capable of heating up to 700-1000 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Foam rollers
  • Scissors or Exacto knife
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape or similar to position on surface (use stronger tape if your surface is very textured hard to stick to)

Surface Preparation

Since this is a textured surface, make sure that your surface does not have any broken pieces of brick, mortar, or any debris that may prevent the decal from being conformed to the surface.

How To Install (Simple Method – for smaller prints)

For this method simply remove liner from entire print and position on surface. Then begin heating and conforming instructions as shown below (skip to step 7).

How To Install (Hinge Method – for larger prints)

The steps below are describing a print that has portrait orientation (taller than it is wide). We’ll be working from top to bottom. If your print has landscape orientation (wider than it is tall). You will want to follow these same instructions, but your hinge would be a vertical hinge for working left to right rather than top to bottom.

Using the Hinge Method For Conforming Vinyl

For textured surfaces heat gun (not a hair dryer) must be used to conform vinyl while installing. Then a heat resistant foam roller is used to conform and adhere the heated vinyl to a textured surface.

1: Position

Make any measurements that may be needed to position graphic in the correct spot for install. For example, find an edge of a wall corner on top, bottom, left or right that you want to use as your level line. Then measure and place tape on surface to where the liner of the print will align to.

Positioning Conforming Vinyl On Wall

2: Apply Hinge

Once in position use tape to temporarily mount the graphic to the surface. It’s recommended to apply a “hinge” approximately in the middle of the print. If using very strong tape you will not want to tape the front of the print itself. Combination of tape such as painters tape and Gorilla tape may be needed to hold print in place.

3: Removing Top Liner

Then starting on the top (for prints that are taller than they are wide) pull print about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way from the liner and cut and remove the liner. For prints that are wider than they are tall, you will want to start from the left or right side and place vertical hinge in the middle.

Pulling Vinyl From Liner

4: Apply Top Section

Starting at the hinge begin applying the print to the surface lightly by hand. Swiping in a left to right motion to evenly apply to the surface.

5: Remove Positioning Tape

Remove any tape from initial positioning including the hinge.

Remove Positioning Tape From Install

6: Remove Liner and Apply Rest Of Print

You can easily remove liner by rolling up from the bottom (reverse roll) up to where print has already been adhered, or simply reach behind and curl liner to pull completely off. You can apply in swiping motion as you are removing liner, or pull liner and stick bottom left and bottom right to surface. Then apply from hinge down.

7: Apply Remaining Print

Swiping from left to right (or whatever direction grout is pointing) with heat gun and roller. Conform the rest of the print to your surface. Holding heat gun 1-2” away from print, and moving at a pace of 2” per second with roller.

Roll With Heat Gun Pattern

8: Conform Deep Areas

With thin roller or edge of roller perform the same conforming technique to push print into deep areas such as grout, or heavy surface texture.

Roll Into Grout

9: Seal Edges with Heat Gun & Roller

Using heat gun fully conform all sides except for one (for air to release) of the print to the surface. Holding heat gun 1-2” away from print, and moving at a pace of 2” per second with roller.

Seal Edges From Moisture


What tools do I need?

You will need a heat gun and heat resistant foam rollers.

Heat Gun
Must be able to reach temperatures of 750 F – 1000 F for optimal adhesion / conform.

The most commonly used rolling tools are the 3M™ TSA Series

  • 3M™TSA 1
    4″ Wide Heat Resistant Roller
  • 3M™ TSA 2
    1″ Wide Heat Resistant Roller with a bevel for deep curved surfaces such as grout.
  • 3M™ TSA 3
    1″ WideHeat Resistant Cylinder Roller
  • 3M™ TSA-4 Two-Handed Surface Tool
    which combines the heat gun with 4″ Heat Resistant Roller
  • RollePro Finishing Roller

These can be found via wrap supply or sign accessory companies.

Are they easy to remove?

With this unique adhesive it is not only long term, but removable is simple. Heat assist may be helpful upon removal. Heat or extreme climate exposure during the installations lifetime may be a factor in clean removal.

Pull from one corner and fold material back on to itself 180 degrees and begin to pull at an angle until completed.

Close Up Conforming Grout or Deep Areas

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