Softmetal Film Tools:
Alkor DecoDesign adhesive foils are very easy to work with. Special tools are unnecessary. A pencil, a rule, scissors and eventually a sharp knife are all you need. Special skills are not required, anyone can decorate with our adhesive foils.
Alkor DecoDesign foils adhere to any smooth surface. It is essential that the surface is dry and dust-free. Rough surfaces should be sanded smooth and cleaned prior to decorating.
The squared backing paper simplifies measuring and ensures straight, clean-cut edges. When decorating larger surface areas, first remove ca. 10 cm of backing paper and smooth down this initial section. Then, while evenly removing the backing paper with one hand, progressively smooth down the foil with the other hand. Always smooth from the centre to the edges. For best results smooth with a soft cloth, this allows you to flatten out any air bubbles or creases.
Should air bubbles form nonetheless, just prick them with a pin and flatten out. And if the foil has been applied crookedly, no problem: because full adhesion first occurs after several hours, the crooked foil can be carefully removed without stretching and reapplied correctly.
Applying at edges and corners:
To apply Alkor DecoDesign foil cleanly and exactly On edges and corners, overlap the edge by 5 mm. Then, using a sharp knife, cleanly cut along the edge and lightly rub the cut with a finger-nail. If you prefer to apply around an edge, carefully wrap the foil around pressing lightly with a warm iron (lowest setting). To avoid any damage to the foil insert a sheet of paper between it and the iron. The heat releases the tension and the foil adheres firmly to the edge.
Alkor DecoDesign foils are just as easy to remove as they are to apply. Normally they can be simply peeled off. But if they adhere more firmly, they should be warmed with a hair dryer and then effortlessly removed. Any adhesive leftovers can be cleaned off with turpentine or an alcohol-based solvent. To remove dissolved adhesive use a damp cloth sprinkled with some flour.
Alkor DecoDesign foils are totally indifferent to dirt. Cleaning with warm water is usually fully adequate. For more stubborn stains a drop of detergent does the trick. Dry off the damp areas with a soft towel.