How to Apply EasyPSV™ Using the Hinge Method
Sometimes having two arms just isn’t enough! When I’m using Siser® EasyPSV™ to put a graphic on my bedroom wall, sometimes there isn’t anybody around to help me hold it up to make sure it’s straight and level. This could turn into one crooked, bubble-ridden disaster- especially for larger graphics! Since we can’t magically sprout a new appendage, I’m going to show you a simple trick that’s basically like adding a third arm (or 4th arm depending on how large your decal is.) Because there is nothing worse than spending all that time creating that perfect decor only to end up with a ruined design and an embarrassed ego.
To make this little magic trick work all you need, in addition to your EasyPSV and EasyPSV Application Tape, is a roll of 1” painter’s tape. I use the blue kind, and it’s available at most paint stores.
Get your vinyl cutter ready by putting the EasyPSV color-side-up on the cutting mat (do not mirror your design.) Once it’s done cutting, you can weed out the cavities and excess vinyl. I’m using Removable EasyPSV since it’s going on drywall and I would like to remove it within the next year or so.
Once you’re done weeding, remove the liner from the EasyPSV Application Tape and carefully adhere it to your PSV.
Then smooth over the tape & EasyPSV with a squeegee to make sure they’re bonded to each other.
Now get your painter’s tape and tear off a piece that is a few inches wider than your design. Adhere the painter’s tape down the middle of your graphic. This is your extra “arm” that will hold the EasyPSV on the wall and act as a “hinge.” That’s why we refer to this application style as the hinge method!
Now you can take a step back and make sure the decal is in the right spot. You can also use a level to make sure the graphics are straight. Sometimes I use the level app on my iPhone since I don’t have an actual level tool.
Once it’s in the perfect spot, you can lift the Application Tape with EasyPSV attached, then remove half of the EasyPSV liner (cut if off with scissors) while the painter’s tape is securing the graphic to the wall.
Use a squeegee to apply pressure on top of the tape, adhering your design to the drywall. Start in the middle and work your way out. Next, remove the other half of the EasyPSV liner. Apply pressure over the rest of your design using a squeegee, again starting in the middle and working your way out.
And now you can remove the EasyPSV Application Tape!
Troubleshooting Tip: If you are having a difficult time removing EasyPSV Application Tape, use harder pressure with your squeegee to make sure the PSV is completely bonded to the surface. If that doesn’t work (heavier-textured drywall can be especially fussy) leave the Application Tape on for roughly 20-60 minutes before removing. The EasyPSV adhesive tack will increase over time allowing it to stay put while you peel away the tape.
The hinge method can be used on pretty much any surface, so you don’t have to limit yourself to just drywall. I use this same technique for large and small designs on wood signs, glass decorations, photo frames- you name it! You’ll definitely want to remember this trick for future projects. Pin the image below so you’ll have it handy!