Looking for a QUICK and EASY way to decorate?
Our life-size silhouette decals transform rooms in minutes! They are EASY to apply, very durable, and highly detailed. Dress up rooms and hallway without spending a lot. Our vinyl silhouettes inspire and can take abuse. They can be placed on almost any smooth surface: as wall stickers, on glass, mirrors, painted wood, plastic, metal, signs, cars, boats, etc. Every order comes with application instructions and a practice decal. You won't be disappointed!
Do the silhouettes hold up? Our silhouette material is so thin it looks like the silhouettes are painted on the wall (but with crisp edges and a lot more detail). In reality, they are made of ultra-thin high-performance vinyl. Our permanent vinyl is waterproof (washable) and resistant to UV rays, fading, and tearing. We make our silhouettes from the same material other companies use for high-performance automotive graphics (not the cheap stuff). Our vinyl silhouettes can take the abuse of public areas as well as outdoor weather. Don't want your decals to be permanent? We also offer removable vinyl for those who want a quality product but easy removal.
Fast shipping! Expect your silhouettes in 5-8 business days (US). Rush orders and expedited shipping available.
All of our work is top-notch and very affordable. We look forward to working with you!
What are vinyl silhouette decals?
They are a great way to quickly and easily transform bare walls into places that inspire. Our silhouette wall decals are ideal for decorating daycares, youth rooms, waiting rooms, schools, nurseries, pediatric units, sport stores and complexes, gyms, children's museums, hospitals, theaters, homes, churches, etc. They can be applied to most smooth surfaces including: walls, glass, mirrors, painted wood or canvas, metal, cars, signs, boats, etc. They are durable and easy to apply. They are so thin they look like they are painted on the wall (but with crisp lines). Our permanent vinyl is waterproof (washable) and resistant to UV rays, fading, and tearing. It's great for outdoor settings or public areas. Our removable vinyl is also high quality, but offers easy removal.
What is the difference between removable and permanent vinyl (adhesive)?
Removable vinyl is great for indoor areas safe from prying fingers. It looks great, but can be peeled off fairly easily. It has a matte finish.
Permanent vinyl has a much stronger adhesive and is great for outdoor settings and public areas. It is waterproof (washable) and can take abuse (resistant to UV rays, fading, and tearing). It too can be removed, but not without some difficulty. Permanent vinyl has a glossy finish.
What is the cost difference between a silhouette made in removable or permanent vinyl?
There is no difference, the cost is the same.
What do you mean by "life-size"? How do you determine the size of your "life-size" silhouettes?
We use the average height for the estimated age of the person in the silhouette and make slight adjustments. For instance a 100% life-size silhouette decal of a man standing would be near 6 feet tall. By using this method all 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25% life-size persons match each other respectively and can be used together on the same wall or surface.
What type of surfaces will my silhouette decals adhere to?
Your vinyl decals will stick to most clean smooth surfaces. Heavily textured, rough or uneven surfaces are not recommended. Some of our most popular uses have been on walls, windows, glass and mirrors, metal, sign boards, painted wood, painted concrete (non-textured), plastic, doors, cars and boats. They stick to some kinds of cloth. Test your destination surface with our removable practice graphic (included with every order) to make sure it works well.
Will the decals stick to a textured wall?
Yes and no. The silhouettes just need to have lots of contact with the wall. If the texture is very light and mostly flat they should stick fine. If the wall texture is heavy, has protruding peaks, spurs, or is not mostly flat (like "orange peel" texture), then the decals will not have enough surface area to adhere to. Test your surface by placing on it an average sticker of any kind. If that works fine, our high quality material will probably work better. We cannot make any guarantees they will work in your situation, but for textured walls we recommend you choose the permanent vinyl option (instead of removable) because it sticks better.
Will the decals work on a painted cinderblock wall?
Maybe. The silhouettes just need to have lots of contact with the wall. If the cinderblocks have a really good quality coat of paint or have been painted multiple times, they probably now have lots of smooth surface to adhere to. If they are still not relatively smooth with lots of spurs and protruding texture, then the protruding texture will keep the silhouettes from reaching the smoother, secure wall surface. Another consideration is the mortar between the bricks. If the mortar is relatively level with the brick/wall surface (and is painted well), it will probably work. If the mortar is not relatively level with the wall but is concave, it will make it hard (but not impossible) to apply the decals to the wall without them being suspended as they bridge the gap between bricks. We cannot make any guarantees our decals will work in your situation, but for all textured walls we recommend you choose the permanent vinyl option (instead of removable) because it sticks better.
Which dimension comes first, width or height?
Width comes first, width x height.
If I remove a wall silhouette will it damage my wall?
Removable vinyl can be peeled off fairly easily. We have never known of a single case when our product has caused wall damage. However, we cannot guarantee there will never be a problem nor be responsible for damage: use at your own risk. Permanent vinyl sticks much better and could take off loose paint or cause similar problems.
How do I apply my decal?
Applying your decal is quite easy. All you have to do is peel off the backing paper, stick the decal on a clean smooth surface and then peel off the transfer tape. Every order comes with application instructions and a practice decal. See our Application Instructions page for more details.
Can I use my vinyl decal outside on a sign, car, boat, etc?
You bet, just be sure you select the permanent vinyl option. We make our permanent vinyl decals out of the same material used for high-performance automotive graphics (not the cheap vinyl). It is waterproof (washable) and resistant to UV rays, fading, and tearing. It can handle all kinds of weather and conditions.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, anywhere in the world.
How long will it take to get my order?
About 5-10 business days (in the U.S.). For faster service, there is an additional rush order option available during checkout.
Will my silhouette decals come ready to apply?
Yes, your vinyl decals will come ready to apply with the transfer tape already on them. Every order comes with application instructions and also a practice decal.
Are your vinyl decals reusable?
Our vinyl decals are not meant to be removed and reused again. (Some people have successfully done so, but we make no guarantee.)
How long should I let new paint cure before applying my vinyl silhouette?
New paint has an oily surface until it is fully cured. Allow a month for new paint to cure before applying your silhouettes. Test the surface with the practice decal included with every order.
Do you offer custom sizes?
Yes, just contact us and let us know what size you would like.
What type of photo do I need for a custom silhouette decal?
Most digital camera photos work great! Higher resolution (larger) pictures make the best custom silhouette decals. Please upload the original image from your camera (the largest file). Some computer programs automatically shrink photos for emailing. A full-size digital picture should be at least 1 megabyte (1MB=1000K).
What if I'm not sure my photo will make a good silhouette?
Sent it to photos @ sportssilhouettes.com for a free professional evaluation.
What if the photo I want to use for my custom silhouette has other people in it?
No problem, just indicate in the special instructions box what you want us to do.
Can my custom silhouette decal be exactly life-size?
Sure, we will cut the silhouette to match exact dimensions--and it is easy--just let us know how tall you want it in the special instructions, and be sure to purchase a decal size limit large enough to accommodate your requested silhouette size.
Why don't you offer smaller custom silhouette sizes?
Your custom silhouette decal can be any size up to the size limit you purchase. Our first tier is "up to" 22 x 36 inches. The reason for this is because most of our cost is in the creation of the silhouette (it's harder than you may think) and not the material.
Can I see what my custom silhouette will look like before I make a purchase?
Most of our cost is in the creation of the silhouette and not the material. It is very time intensive. For this reason we do not begin work on the custom silhouette until after the order is placed.
Will you send a proof of my custom silhouette decal?
Certainly. We will email you an image of the finished custom silhouette for your approval before we make it into a decal.
How big can you make a vinyl decal?
Single piece decals can be up to 11 x 4 feet (3.4x1.2 meters). Larger decals can be divided up into sections that size. Really there is no limit on how big we can make a decal. 11 x 4 foot sections can be placed together to create enormous images.
How should I store my vinyl decal until I am ready to use it?
Vinyl silhouettes should be stored in a closed container. The backing paper needs to be kept dry to avoid expansion.
What is the difference between a decal and a sticker?
For us, there is no difference. We use the terms interchangeably.
Can I get the outside of the silhouette/lettering instead of the inside to use it as a stencil?
Absolutely, just place your order and let us know that is what you want in a reply to our order confirmation email. Some people have used the outside of our vinyl lettering as stencils for glass etching.
How do I remove my vinyl decal?
With tweezers or your fingernail, grab the corner of the decal and pull it off at an angle. If needed, the decal can be warmed up with a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive.
Can I design something and have you make it into a vinyl decal?
Yes, we do this frequently. Just contact us for a price quote
Will my large vinyl decal come in one piece?
Most of the time, yes. If the vinyl decal you purchase is larger than 11 x 4 feet it may come in more than one piece. If so, the pieces should to be placed together slightly overlapping. Our vinyl decal material is so thin it is hardly noticeable.
What is your return policy?
We create custom art to the specifications of our customers. Each purchase is made to order. For this reason we do not allow returns.
We keep your email address completely private and do not store any financial information whatsoever.
Can I overlap decals?
Absolutely. The vinyl is so thin, you can easily overlap decals for special effects.
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Silhouette Application Instructions
(All Vinyl Decals)
No worries, applying your vinyl silhouette decal is easy. But, to make it even easier we include a practice decal (and written instructions) with every order. That way you can get the hang of applying it and test out your destination surface before putting your silhouettes up.
Remove the masking tape sections from the edges. Place your silhouette decal where you want it to go. Tape one side (edge) to the surface. Lift up the other side of the silhouette decal using the tape as a hinge. Peel of the white backing paper. Place the vinyl silhouette back onto the surface. Rub it down with your hand. Peel off the clear transfer tape. You are done! It is that easy.
The Long Version...
VINYL DECAL PREP: Clean the destination surface and dry it thoroughly. Please allow a newly painted surface a month to fully cure before application (it remains oily for a while). The vinyl decal may have pulled away from the transfer tape during shipping. Place the product (clear side up) on a smooth surface such as a table. Take a credit card and use the edge to rub firmly across the entire image. Start from the center and work out to the edges. This action will adhere the decal to the transfer tape. Try to work out any bubbles you see by pressing them towards the edge. Remove or cut the small masking tape sections along the edges.
1. Place the vinyl decal on the destination surface. Level and center it. Pay special attention to level and center the vinyl decal itself and not the backing paper/transfer tape. (If your decal has multiple parts and you wish to space them differently, you can cut them apart and position them separately.)
2. Tape one side (edge) of the backing paper/transfer tape to the destination surface. Lift up the other side using the tape as a hinge. At a tight angle, slowly peel away the backing paper underneath exposing the sticky vinyl. The vinyl decal should stay adhered to the clear transfer tape. If it starts to separate, help it stay together.
3. After the backing paper is removed, slowly roll the sticky vinyl and transfer tape onto the destination surface starting from the tape hinge-side. Go very slow and work out any air bubbles with a credit card or your hands as you go. Afterward, rub down the decal again (to adhere the vinyl decal to the destination surface) and remove the tape hinge.
4. Gently peel away the transfer tape starting from one corner pulling down at a tight angle across the vinyl decal. Be patient and go slow. If the decal begins to lift up help it stay down. Once the transfer tape is removed, rub the vinyl decal down one last time to make sure it is well adhered. You are done!
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