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#1 Posted : Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:20:56 PM(UTC)

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I would like to do a vinyl project to hang on a painted wall. I have never used the cricut vinyl so I was just wondering how great does it stay on the wall and can it be taken down? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!
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You can use contact paper for walls or put it under the vinyl so vinyl is easier to remove.

I copied the following off the old message board about vinyl.


This was by Kut N Print and others.

-Do not be afraid. Vinyl cutting is easier than just about anything else because Cricut machines are derived from vinyl cutters.

- watch this little video. It is so much easier to show than to tell.
Covers "kiss-cutting" (cutting through vinyl not backing) and transfer tape, the 2 biggst tips and concepts people have trouble understanding.

-The big question that comes up daily is where to buy and that depends on the colors, quantities, and type you want and where you live. One thing is certain, Cricut vinyl is the most expensive way to go.

-Cricut vinyl is Oracal 631

-Many sign shops will give their scraps (plenty large enough for Cricut cutting) to crafters for free.

-You can cut just about any kind of vinyl including contact paper (adhesive shelf liner), Wall Pops (a brand of white vinyl with printed colors and patterns on one side), Quikkutz vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, etc.

-Do not use sign/vehicle vinyl on walls unless you want to repaint

-you can layer sign/vehicle vinyl on wall-safe vinyl to use it on walls

-You will see settings given and videos that show different machines set at blade depth of anywhere from 2 to 6 (other settings medium) kiss-cutting vinyl. Start with settings at 3-3-3 and adjust from there to see what works for your machine.

-Use a brayer or credit card to make sure the vinyl is securely stuck to the mat all over, tape the edges if needed.

-Contact paper, painters tape, press n seal or drywall mesh can be used as transfer tape, depending on the size and complexity of your design.

-if your transfer tape is too sticky, "rought it up" by sticking it to a clean t-shirt of bedspread a few times first.

-transfer tape can be re-used

-there are a ton of vinyl videos on the master list of Cricut-related video tutorials.
Be aware that not all of them show best practices so watch several on the same topic if possible.

-white vinyl shows up best on car windows

-you don't have to seal vinyl projects as vinyl (a type of plastic) is what other projects are often sealed with. If you are going to spray your project, do it before you apply vinyl as the aerosol can break down the vinyl's adhesive along the edges and cause it to come loose.

-if you are going to apply a design to the inside of a car window or back of glass be sure to mirror image your design. On the Cricut machine and in DS(?) and SCAL you have to type your letters in reverse order AND use the flip command. Remember that the back side of Wall Pops is white. Heat transfer designs have to be mirrored also.

-on challenging installations, use the wet technique (see videos and online instructions)

-vinyl is awesome on cards

-You can cut usually more intricate designs in vinyl than with paper or card stock, but there are still limits. Lettering in vinyl is going to be limited to a minimum of 1/2 to 1 inch depending on your machine, blade and font chosen. Keep this in mind as you design. If the characters of a font are too thin, use the shadow feature to bulk them up.

Use contact paper too! I use it on tiles, wooden signs, cards - anything that is kept inside. Even on my wall! It's cheaper too. If you live in small town USA, you may even be able to buy it by the yard from your local hardware store - I do and it's only 1.34 per yard. I can usually only get black...but it's my favorite color to use anyways.

Great tips here! I use lots of contact paper also. I use it when making t-shirts cuz I have better luck with it when dealing with transferring the little pieces to the shirt. I too use it everywhere, except I can mostly find white in my small town. I also use it as a stencil when painting styrofoam tiles, works wonders.

Does not cut through and then I peel off the vinyl leaving the design or words and then transfer it --hope this helps.

speed 3 pressure 2 and blade 2

5 bars same for pressure and speed
lowest setting =1 bar - Min
2 bars= Low
3 bars = Med
4 bars = High
Highest setting 5 bars = Max

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You can use contact paper for walls or put it under the vinyl so vinyl is easier to remove.


Unless it is "repositionable" contact paper you will ruin your walls..

Cricut brand vinyl is Oracal 631 - that is what is safe to use on your walls. Some newer low VOC paints will not work with vinyl - it just does not stick to that.

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