How to Cut Vinyl Decals With a Razor Knife

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How to Cut Vinyl Decals With a Razor Knife
A razor knife provides the sharpness and precision necessary for cutting vinyl decals. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Vinyl decals are typically used for cars and T-shirts. When you purchase or make a vinyl decal, you must cut and remove any excessive white space from the decal before properly placing the decal on a car or T-shirt. To cut the decal with precision, use a razor knife.

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  1. 1

    Place the vinyl decal on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Clamp the decal down using a heavy books or wood blocks. This will prevent any movement when cutting the decal.

  3. 3

    Hold the decal down firmly with one hand while using the other hand to cut and remove any excessive white space.

  4. 4

    Cut the outline of the decal. Using one hand to hold the decal down, start cutting the outline of the decal, ensuring that you cut precisely without removing any of the decal's logo or picture.

  5. 5

    Remove the decal from the vinyl backing and place on a T-shirt or car.

Tips and warnings

  • A razor knife poses a danger if handled incorrectly. Use caution.

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