Applying Your Wall Pilot Decal

Prepare Surface

Clean, dry, and smooth the wall or desired surface. Wipe away any dust, or dirt before proceeding.

Apply Decal

Peel off the backing, and carefully apply the repositionable decal, smoothing out any air bubbles.

Helping Hands

Larger decals are more manageable with the help of friends or family

Frequently Asked Questions

Wall Pilot is your #1 source for high-quality aviation vinyl wall decals and stickers, specializing in aircraft profile art. We offer a wide range of beautifully detailed aircraft decals that are perfect for home decor, business/military promotions, and hangar decoration. Located in Utah, Wall Pilot provides vibrant, long-lasting decals that are easy to remove, reposition, and reuse without damaging your paint or walls.

Applying our decals is simple!  

  1. Pick and measure a spot your wall decal will have plenty of space and adhere well to.
  2. Unwind your decal if it has been rolled up.  Lay it flat to relax the vinyl an hour prior to application.
  3. Use a warm damp cloth to wipe down the surface and let it dry completely. DO NOT use soap or cleaning agents. They can make your decal stick poorly, which means it could fall down.
  4. If you are putting up a very large airplane get a friend to help. 
  5. Start at the tail of your Wall Pilot decal and carefully peel it from its backing.
  6. Place one corner on the wall and slowly smooth the rest into place using minimal pressure. If you make a mistake, gently peel the decal off the wall and reposition it. Take your time and you’ll do just fine.
  7. Start from the middle of your decal and push out to the edges to help you get out any wrinkles or air bubbles out.
  8. Keep the backing in case you want to move your decal to a new location.
  • Smooth Walls
  • Painted Drywall (eggshell to a high gloss finish – no matte/flat paint)
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Sanded Wood (that has been painted)
  • Inside, temperature controlled environments

    NOT Recommended Surfaces:

    • Freshly painted walls. Wait 30 days after painting before you put up your decal.
    • Highly Textured Walls
    • Unpainted drywall
    • Brick
    • Cinder Block
    • Porous, textured paneling
    • Outside, non-temperature controlled environments

    Our decals adhere well to smooth, clean surfaces such as painted walls, glass, metal, wood, and some plastics. They may not adhere as well to rough or textured surfaces.

    Very Important:

    Allow freshly painted walls to fully cure before applying wall decal. Even if the paint feels dry, it might not be fully cured, and residual gases in tiny air pockets could cause the decal to peel off. It’s advisable to wait for a minimum of 4-6 weeks for the paint to fully cure. Walls with washable or scrubbable paint, or No-VOC paint, may not allow for strong bonding of wall decal to wall.

    To promote better adhesion under these conditions: Prepare a solution using 30% isopropyl alcohol and 70% water.

    Wipe the solution over the entire wall using a clean, lint-free rag. Allow the wall to dry completely before proceeding with decal application.

    Yes, our decals are designed to be easily removable without damaging most surfaces. Simply peel them off slowly and gently, and any residue can usually be wiped away with a damp cloth.

    Yes, it helps to have two people when removing your Wall Pilot.  Start from the nose and peel slowly being careful not to tear on edges. Do not pull your decal quickly off the wall as it may stretch or tear.

    Once your aircraft has been removed, simply apply it to the original backing for storage. If this is no longer in your possession, you may use a vinyl shower curtain liner instead. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles, to protect against the loss of adhesion. Then roll up, do not fold, and store your Wall Pilot.

    When you are ready to reapply your decal if you notice that your Wall Pilot is less “sticky” after storage and would like to use additional adhesive to re-use your decal, you can purchase a low-tack adhesive spray at your local craft or hardware store. You will simply spray this onto the back of the Wall Pilot reapply. 

    Wall Pilot self-adhesive decals are designed to be used indoors on a clean, flat, smooth surface. Exposing our indoor product to outdoor weather and temperature could seriously affect the adhesive and color fastness. 

    Having said this, we have had reports of satisfied outdoor uses we just can not warranty the product in such cases. 

    The good news is that our vinyl doesn’t have a memory, which means once you peel and stick your decal to a smooth surface, you’ll never notice the mishap that occurred during shipping. The decal only appears bent because it is still adhered to the backing, which is wrinkled.

    Once you install your decal, if you’re still having trouble, please take a photo of the apparent damage while it is installed and send it to our Customer Service team via our contact form