Pulling the pre-mask tape off prematurely can also leave you with unsightly bubbles. You need to wait a little while before you pull it off because the adhesive needs time to bite into the substrate. Most of the time you will end up with some very small bubbles after installation. Small bubbles will disappear after a while.
“Blisters” (large bubbles) – The best way to avoid them is to not allow pockets of air to form as you install the decal. You can solve the problem by simply pricking a tiny hole with a very sharp needle on the side of the blister. This will allow you to push down the blister and the air exits from the tiny hole. DO NOT PUSH ON blisters WITHOUT A PINHOLE OR YOU WILL STRETCH THE DECAL causing a permanent wrinkle.
The only way to solve this problem is to remove surface contaminants prior to installation. Once you have installed a decal with a speck of dirt or lint under it, you can’t get it out again without destroying the decal.
This is not going to be as easy as applying it—after all, it’s designed to stick. After a few months the adhesive has completely cured and will probably remain on the surface after the decal vinyl has been removed. For starters you will want the surface to be warm. You can either place it in the sun or use a heat gun or blow dryer. Starting from any edge pull the decal off the surface. Have fun! Make a game out of it and see how big of a piece you can remove at one time. Finished yet? Now comes the fun part…all that sticky stuff left on the canoe. Don’t despair it too can be removed! Go to your local hardware or grocery store and pick up a bottle of “Goo-Gone.” Apply liberally and off it comes… with some pressure and rubbing. I told you it wasn’t going to be easy.