How to Use The Wet Method to Apply Decals

The wet method is a popular technique used to apply decals to a surface. It involves using water and a few other tools to ensure a smooth, bubble-free application. In this blog post, we will discuss how to do the wet method to apply decals.

Materials Needed

  • Decal
  • Transfer tape
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Squeegee or credit card
  • Paper towels


  1. Clean the surface - Before applying the decal, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Use soap and water to remove any dirt or debris.

  2. Cut out the decal - Cut out the decal from the sheet, leaving a border of transfer tape around the edges.

  3. Spray the surface - Spray the surface with water using a spray bottle. This will help the decal slide into place and prevent it from sticking prematurely.

  4. Apply the decal - Place the decal onto the wet surface, making sure it is lined up correctly. Use the squeegee or credit card to smooth out any bubbles and excess water.

  5. Remove the transfer tape - Gently remove the transfer tape, making sure the decal stays in place. If it starts to lift, use the squeegee or credit card to press it down.

  6. Dry the surface - Use a paper towel to dry the surface and remove any excess water.

Benefits of the Wet Method

The wet method has several benefits, including:

  • Prevents bubbles - The water helps the decal slide into place and prevents air bubbles from forming.

  • Allows repositioning - Because the decal is not sticky yet, it can be easily repositioned if needed.

  • Provides a smooth finish - The squeegee or credit card helps to smooth out the decal, providing a seamless finish.


The wet method is an effective way to apply decals to a surface. It requires a few tools and some patience, but the results are worth it. By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth, bubble-free application that will last for years to come.