I've discovered THE BEST and EASIEST way to apply contact paper with no bumps or air bubbles! Thanks to the random Amazon reviewer who inspired me to try THE WINDEX METHOD. If you're curious as to how it works, or just want to see an all-around nifty video of my office desk transformation, check this one out! Do let me know if you liked it! :)
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Stumbled upon your video for looking at how to apply contact paper, and I love you vibe and energy!!! So thankful for the tips, love it. Even with the sideways contact paper, it looked flawless after it was pushed all the way down.
Super Holly you are the best! I can't believe your tip worked. I sprayed on warm water and dish soap and ran my hand over the mixture to spread it out evenly, then with my dollar store squeegy I moved the paper around until it fit just right. I rolled the paper up from the bottom and used two chip clips to keep it out of the way. It took 5 minutes. I still can't believe the difference.
get idea with windex. i am like others about it not sticking but i guess when you take it out the glue dries and it sticks . going to cover some pvc to make legs for a table so that idea will help a lot
Looks pretty, but I can’t believe your telling ppl to use windex!!! Windex is made with high amounts of solvents including ammonia which could eat through the bottom layer that makes it stick....which means you could cause a lot of ppl to waste their money who really wanted this to work. Water is supposed to be used for this contact paper. Also, you should have faced it all in the same direction. It looked really noticeable on the left side. I mean, why do a DIY countertop project and not follow directions or the pattern? 🤦♀️🤷♀️
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Suggestion: Windex is ammonia and water (scented with blue coloring - to make it worth $5.99). Save $$ by making your own. When wet most adhesives no longer stick (try wetting a piece of scotch tape). The key here is to spray a liquid (a little soap with water works fine), align the paper, squeegee out as much liquid as you can and use a blow dryer on warm to evaporate the remaining liquid.
Great post! I checked product at Amz, a little spendy, kept searching and found this; Duck brand peel and stick laminate rolls. Comes in marble and many more, has dots/lines and ruler printed on back according to reviews, has quite a few positive product reviews and width/length options of 12"x26'. 18'x24' and 20"x15' and found the 20"x15' white marble on Amz for $6 per roll vs. your 24"x7' for $20. Now to decide on color etc. and I'll try to come back and follow up with a post after using it!
You can also use soapy water if you don't have any Windex on hand :) In a spray bottle put a generous squirt of dishsoap and fill it up with warm-hot water, spray the surface and squeegee. Works the same. Just don't oversaturate. If the adhesive isn't as sticky afterward, you can use a hairdryer to heat it up and make it sticky again.
A few others said in the comments above that they don't bother using Windex, they just make up a spray bottle with warm mildly soapy water (small amount of washing up detergent, in warm water does the trick, apparently) and then spray a fine sheen onto the surface to be covered with the contact paper. You must squeegee out as much of the liquid as you can (good to use paper towel to help dry up at the ends, as the liquid comes out, plus several suggested you can finish with your hairdryer on medium, to be sure its nice and dry).
I just had a fantastic Idea with different size checkered contact inside boxed shelves you can create illusion of depth!! The Windex makes it so much easier to get the insides done,,Thank a million for sharing..I'm on a mission now to find the right sizes!! I'm sure someone thought of it before me,but I thought of it the first time for myself! Love it.
Use a spot of hot glue on the edge. Push down and rub out the lump as much as possible. And DON'T let the glue get too hot! Better a small lump than the entire project coming undone. I used hit glue when I needed a very small piece. Rather than cut a small piece I tried a piece the kids had been playing with. Worked great
@Just here for the_ Comments I said, what might be hard for some people, is easy for others. It happens to be easy for me. What is your point? It's not something I have to lie about, just making a comment.
@Just here for the_ Comments I've used contact paper for years. Small and large areas. I think it's easy. I've never used Windex with it. What's hard for some, is easy for others. And I'm not a trained decorator. Just a hobby decorator for over 40 years.
i love it! i just ordered mine! since i have a fairly huge kitchen i ordered 7 praying thats enough.
husband and i been lookin non stop $3grand+ to change our countertops, $150 is soooooooo much more affordable!!
I am so glad you posted this video! I just wish I had seen it before my contact paper bubbles galore kitchen countertop disaster, where I had to return 4 unused rolls because I thought there was no hope for my orange laminate! 😣Maybe I'll try again! 😜
Does anyone know if this marble contact paper is removable? I am thinking about doing this to my desk in an apartment I'm renting that came furnished, but I have to be able to take it off when my lease is up!
It helps to remove out by warming with a hair dryer as you go. You might need oil to remove any sticky residue after but it does come off. Go slow on wood surfaces so you don't take the finish off. I rent and have contact papered my closet door that had holes in it and my back splash and a desk. Gonna do my table.
I have some marble contact paper that I needed to remove. It didn't come off in 1 piece but not itty bitty pieces by far. Left no sticky residue but if it had I'm sure rubbing alcohol would have removed it. Or oil. Contact paper won't stick to an oily surface
Yes, it is peel and stick. The surface is sprayed with a fine sheen of Windex (or even mildly soapy water) before you apply your contact. You peel the backing paper off your contact a bit at a time, and apply it like you usually would- however the fine sheen of fluid on the surface area prevents the contact from immediately sticking- and allows you to get out air bubbles, and line the contact paper up straight (this method gives you the benefit of being able to move your contact around, to make sure you've got it just right).
Could you do this for a bathroom or kitchen sink? I'm wondering if it gets wet will it ruin it? Also, is it hard to take it off? I'm renting an apartment and I'm wondering if this is a good temporary design to use? Xoxo
Hi! I'm thinking of doing this with my desk and so far this is the easiest video I found! But in my country we don't have the same brand of window cleaner so I wonder if there is anything special with the windex? And also, doing it dump doesn't it affect the adhesive to some extent? Or make the paper itself hard or something?
+Marian Laine that's the crazy part! The windex doesn't affect the adhesive at all! As long as you squeeze it all out at the end, of course... Make sure you only spray it lightly, you don't want it to be soaking wet. As far as what to use, I'm pretty sure any window cleaner will do. 😊
Hey Superholly. I think what is confusing is that I am assuming you unpeel the first bit and put that on the windexy part and then unpeel the rest. In the video you don't say that specifically. Thanks so much for this video - have been searching for a while on how to do this!
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