1. Find a work space! Any flat surface where you can stabilize your device will work. Your legs work, but it's not ideal nor recommended.
2. Clean your paws! Even though any bubbles formed during application can be squeezed out, dirt/hair/other particles cannot. The cleaner your paws, the better.
3. Clean your device! Use a damp towel or damp paper towel to wipe down the surfaces you will be applying to. Again, the cleaner, the better.
4. Dry, dry, dry! Using a dry and non-shedding towel, dry up any moisture left on the device. Wait a few minutes to make sure that all water has evaporated. This is key. If your device is wet, the skin will be much harder to apply, and the adhesive may not activate properly.
5. Peel it off! Simply grab a corner of the vinyl skin and gently peel the backing away. For any thin areas, be sure to lift carefully as to avoid any stretching of the vinyl.
6. Line it up! Do not apply hard pressure, and the skin will be able to lift up and reposition until you get it right. For most surfaces, the skin will be able to slide on the surface.
7. Stick it on! Now that everything is perfectly aligned, start applying pressure from the center and work your way out towards the edge of the device. This is especially important when working with a device with curved edges. You'll want to fan out towards the curved edge to smooth out those bumps.
8. Hairdryer! This just became your new best friend. For any surfaces or edges with curvature, do not put pressure right away. Heat the vinyl up with the hairdryer until it is soft, then apply pressure and watch the magic happen. This is key in creating smooth edges, so go slowly. Take your time.
(Wait! What if I don't own a hairdryer?) If you don't own a hairdryer, fear not! There is an alternative. It may not work 100% as well as the above, but it should smooth out wrinkles quite satisfactorily. Here's what you should do. Spot the wrinkles, especially on curved edges. Take a cloth such as your shirt, a microfiber cloth, or any piece of cloth, really. Put pressure on the wrinkled area and rub vigorously. What this does is it creates friction, and thus heat (just like the hairdryer), which then makes the vinyl more pliable and more likely to smooth out. Continue to polish the area, inspect, and repeat as necessary.
9. Bye bye bubbles! If there are any bubbles, all you have to do is run your finger over them and guide them to the edge.
10. Enjoy! Show it off! Tag us on our Twitter or Instagram @stickybunnyco and we just may repost it! And of course, let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We will always be here to make sure you are completely satisfied!
Additional Tips & Tricks For Specific Devices
For Nintendo Switch and/or Switch Lite skins: If you purchased a screen protector, install that before applying the skin. When lining up the skin, always start with the side that has the most amount of openings to line up.
For Gaming Mouse skins: Due to the curvature of the device, bumps may form even after seemingly successful initial application of the skin. Not to worry. This may occur due to insufficient heat passing over the area during the hairdryer step. Simply heat up the affected area using a hairdryer and smooth the bump down with your finger.
For iPhone, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy phone skins: If you are applying the full contoured wrap, start by lining up the microphone ports on the bottom of the device. Then line up the rest of the device except for the side flaps. Once everything else is on, take a hairdryer and soften up the side flap. Line it up according to the contour by pulling and stretching to make it fit perfectly. If you are applying a back only skin, simply drop the skin onto the surface and move it around until it is perfectly aligned.
For MacBook skins: When lining up the skin, drop the skin onto the surface you are applying to, but do not apply any pressure to the skin (pressure activates the glue). Align the sides by putting your fingers on both sides of the skin, and push to slide. Make sure to check all sides. If you are applying a top cover skin, peel from the bitten apple side to avoid tearing of the skin at the bitten site. If you are applying a trackpad skin, lightly move the skin around by placing two fingers on the skin, being careful not to apply too much pressure.
For Apple Pencil skins: If you have a Gen 1 pencil, start by lining the top of the skin to the top of the pencil along the silver edge about 1/4 of the way. Press gently to secure, then pull the long side taut to align to the bottom. Use a rolling motion to align the rest of the way. Align the pencil tip the same way. For the cap alignment, use the same method but don't attach the flaps yet. Use a hairdryer to heat up the flaps before pressing them down. If you have a Gen 2 pencil, start with the tip of the pencil using the same methods. Once it is aligned, move on to the next step.
For AirPod skins: When you line up the vinyl wrap onto the charging case, start by aligning the front edge of the charging case with the edge of the wrap, and gently push your way down towards the bottom. Make sure that the charging port is lined up and work your way up to the back edge of the case. Press the sides down, making sure that they are aligned. For the AirPod earpieces, make sure the cutouts are lined up and press them down along the curvature.