FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) ReDesign with Prima Decor Transfers

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is there anything I need to do before applying a transfer?

Make sure the surface that you are applying the transfer to is completely clean and free or any dust or dirt. It is recommended that you wipe the surface down with a dry cloth prior to adhering a transfer. 

Do I need to wait a certain amount of time before applying a transfer to a newly painted piece?

It is recommended that you wait at least 24-hours and up to 48-hours before applying a transfer. 

Will the transfer adhere to a shiny or glossy surface?

Transfers do not adhere well to glossy or shiny surfaces. Be sure to apply to a flat/matte finish and make sure to test a small area first.

How will I know if a transfer will adhere to a purchased piece of painted wood or other décor?

When applying to a purchased piece of painted wood or other décor, it is best to test a small area with a small part of the transfer to make sure that the paint does not come off when removing the transfer film. 

Do I need to use the full transfer or can I cut and choose parts of the transfer?

You do not need to use the full transfer. You can cut small parts of the design or cut to fit the piece you are designing. All unused pieces of the transfer can be stored in the original tube that the transfer was shipped in. Roll up and place inside with instructions for future use. 

Are there recommendations for storing the transfer for future use?

Always store transfer in a cool dry place. Recommendations have included putting in the refrigerator or freezer just prior to use. Make sure to always test a small area first.

How do I position and apply a large transfer?

We recommend using painter’s tape to apply the transfer in the location that you desire. Once you’ve applied the transfer to your desired location, rub the design with transfer applicator (included in tube with transfer). To avoid air bubbles, try not to skip around and rub in different areas. Rub in one continuous section from top to bottom. 

Is there anything I need to do before removing the transfer film?

Prior to peeling back the transfer film, wipe the entire piece with a soft cloth. Lightly burnish. Wrap a cloth around your index and middle fingers and rub. Burnishing removes any air bubbles that you may have missed. Notice the edges of the transfer, are they curling? If so, continue to burnish until all air bubbles and curling edges are gone.

What are your recommendations for sealing a piece?

It is recommended to seal or wax a piece after applying a transfer. Avoid oil-based sealants as they will damage the transfer. Make sure to always test a small area first.

The transfer applicator is too small for me. Are there any other tools you recommend for applying transfers?

A NEW transfer tool is available in our shop (painttransferdesign.com & painttransferdesign.etsy.com) for $9.50. It is a time saver and a great investment!