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WINDEX Hack for Applying Contact Paper FLAWLESSLY | Superholly

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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! :) xo, Holly For more information and pictures, check out my blog! https://hollygracemarie.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/marble-desk-transformation/ Marble contact paper I purchased: http://amzn.to/2zdupE4 (affiliate) Let's get connected! BLOG: http://www.superholly.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/hollyradio Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yosoyholly Twitter: https://twitter.com/hollyradio Background music: NCS
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LA Henna (10 days ago)
There’s another winded video. FYI
Betty Feldfeber (1 month ago)
So smart! 😊😏
RedFlag (1 month ago)
Stunning, and thank you. I'm going to use this tip..
M Powell (3 months ago)
love this video...so useful and a great idea!
kitchensalive (3 months ago)
Have you ever thought about using straight alcohol? It wouldn’t have any of the solids that Windex has in it and would evaporate completely
Alyssa Ricklefs (5 months ago)
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.
Chrissy Downs (5 months ago)
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.
James Kid (5 months ago)
Im thinking the windex works coz its got alcohol in or some other sort of solvent that dissapears into thin air so rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle could possibly work tho i havent tried it
Jeanette Kniebusch (6 months ago)
Yes its called book marking just learned
Lindsea Baylor (6 months ago)
@superholly Does the contact paper get damaged when you write on it? Not on the actual contact paper but when you are writing on a sheet of paper on your desk?
annette Sereno (7 months ago)
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
Shauna Tate (4 months ago)
Did it work for you?
Pamela Pam (7 months ago)
@Superholly babe do you know if it removes easily? I live in apartments and would love to try this out, but would hate to get in trouble if it doesn’t come off easily... 😕
Denesha Moore (4 months ago)
Yes it is...there's a few tutorials on removing it here also
Alicia Duran (7 months ago)
Is contact paper permanent? I live in a furnished apartment so my desk isn’t technically my property so is it as easy to remove as it is to apply?
Nikki Ross (13 days ago)
Alicia Duran I've just removed really old contact paper from my pantry shelves. I used a hair dryer to warm it slightly then it just peeled off.
basil al sadi (7 months ago)
iIm interested as to why you only have 52 dislikes. This is about the dumbest illogical technique ive seen. I don't feel bad for whoever went ahead and tried this .
R Winfield (7 months ago)
Best video for contact paper DIY.. My first attempt at this and you saved me!! Thank you!
delighted (7 months ago)
Lovely!!
rachelleleann1989 (8 months ago)
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? 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Sorry, not sorry
EZFAUX DECOR LLC (9 months ago)
This comes wider in 36" width for a SEAMLESS installation. NO Seams, NO Matching, Means LESS WORK!!!
Susan Hendrix (9 months ago)
How does it stick if it's wet with Windex?
SoulCandy AlmaDulce (9 months ago)
Beautiful! The best and easy-to-use method. Thanks.😊
Sahil Verma (9 months ago)
What is the price of this per miter
JJ Squirdle Supastar (10 months ago)
Thank you for posting this. It looks so great
Gary Schummer (10 months ago)
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.
LA Henna (10 days ago)
Gary Schummer thanks
jwl 2 (10 months ago)
COOL! It looks great!
AP PA (10 months ago)
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!
Agent Lier (10 months ago)
Just mix regular liquid soap of any kind with water and use it.
ilive4anime (11 months ago)
Had you not stated it, i wouldn't have noticed
PumpkinEskobarr (11 months ago)
Benefit... it won’t crack or chip like real marble.
Robin LAMBERT (11 months ago)
Ty Ty . so you remove Windex before putting adhesive side on counter??
Mermaid ArtistQueen (11 months ago)
I bought some on amazon! Can’t wait! I’ll use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to clean prep. Also takes away any gloss. Great job. How’s the paper holding up.
Shauna Tate (4 months ago)
So did it work? Wanna try it but worried it won't stick.
Br3wZ_sh3 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video! Did you overlapped the paper on top of each other?
Talita Colombini (1 year ago)
How many rolls did you have to use for that size of a desk?
Sammy Knuckles (1 year ago)
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.
RyanMarie24 (1 year ago)
Can it be any window cleaner or does it have to be windex
Garlee Block (9 months ago)
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).
jenny Trejo (1 year ago)
ur into was classic! great video thanks 4 sharing
lilpocketninja (1 year ago)
This was really helpful for covering my oddly shaped desk! Thank you.
Jermaine Walker (1 year ago)
Man! Wish I saw this before starting my table project.
Palpatine (1 year ago)
Why the fuck am i just learning this now....
Jaspah (1 year ago)
The texture is repeating so you can look for the point where it repeats and align the paper in a way that the seem is not visible.
Gem Diva (1 year ago)
Doing this today to my kitchen countertops! 👍 TFS!
Traders Friend (1 year ago)
Soap and water works well too, thanks
BEE REAL (1 year ago)
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.
BEE REAL (1 year ago)
Thank so much, great video,great editing,love this tip..
360SRH 2 (1 year ago)
You can stick it the vinyl over wet windex?
Heather Whiteley (1 year ago)
360SRH 2 once the contact paper is in place, you use the squeegee on top of the paper to squeeze the windex out from under it.
jennifer jones (1 year ago)
im in the uk whats windex
James Kid (5 months ago)
we have it in the UK anyway
It’s just window cleaner
Sheila Foley (10 months ago)
THE UK IS NOT A STATE. IT IS IN EUROPE.
Heather Whiteley (1 year ago)
jennifer jones it's a glass cleaner.
jennifer jones (1 year ago)
Here i go after watching this...
TheAlharris13 (1 year ago)
I was a visual merchandiser for years, and Windex and a squigee were always key, that's how those huge "30% OFF" signs in the windows look like they were painted on.
superholly (1 year ago)
😮
Hope Wiley (1 year ago)
Bombest contact paper application I've seen thus far 💣💥
April Brown (1 year ago)
great application but i would brighten up the paint on the walls & drawers
James Kid (5 months ago)
meeeoowww
Cheyenne Rose (1 year ago)
I did the windex trick and now the corners won’t stick under neath 🙄🙄 I’m about to give up on contact paper, I don’t understand why everyone says it’s sooo easy.
Nami 7_7_7 (3 months ago)
What about some of the spray glue you use for vinyl flooring tiles?
Teresa Haven (6 months ago)
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
Patricia Shanks (7 months ago)
@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.
Patricia Shanks (7 months ago)
@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.
Stephanie Ibarra (1 year ago)
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!!
RockTransistor (1 year ago)
The windex is brilliant! Thank you for sharing! Your desk looks lovely :)
Fern And Lace (1 year ago)
Great channel name!!! ;) I've started doing a few DIYs on my channel too!! :)
Sinta Seedwell (1 year ago)
I got mine 5m by 60cm is that too long?
Riger Deal (1 year ago)
Kinda of annoying
LADY. S (1 year ago)
Best way I've seen so far you make it look so easy to do ★★★★★
Kristi Bee (2 years ago)
And P.S. this tutorial is really good! Ty for the close ups and all of the helpful tips!!
Kristi Bee (2 years ago)
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! 😜
sk8victorious (2 years ago)
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!
Diane Goertzen (3 months ago)
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.
Teresa Haven (6 months ago)
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
Sierra Sholer (9 months ago)
Yes it is!
Janier Larcheveaux (2 years ago)
Do you butt the edges together or do you overlap them?
Denesha Moore (4 months ago)
@Shauna Tate have you tried it yet?
Shauna Tate (4 months ago)
@Just here for the_ Comments thanks. Gonna do bathroom sink top. Trying to figure out how to deal with seams and tricky curves around the sink.
Yes match, overlap, then cut, creates perfect seam.
Shosh Ta (1 year ago)
Janier Larcheveaux you don’t want to overlap contact paper.
Rick Barg (2 years ago)
One of the best diy I've seen yet, the wet method is the only way to install, I'm an auto Detailer and I always use Rapidtac on installing graphics on cars and trucks.
Leslie Coletti (2 years ago)
Do you mind sharing where you found that desk chair??
Mauro (2 years ago)
I was looking to do the same, but with white vinyl instead over my wood desk.
meg (2 years ago)
GONNA MARBLE ALL THE THINGS
superholly (2 years ago)
+Megan French 😂 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
April DeShields (2 years ago)
omg your tutorial!!!it was so simple
Roberta Serpa (2 years ago)
so adorable!
Zizi Xoxo (2 years ago)
I wanna do this to my coffee table, do you think it would mess up the would if I were to peel it off
superholly (2 years ago)
It should be fine! 😊
Joseph Stokes (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video! Well done! We appreciate your narrating instead of, as many others do, playing intrusive music! Best of luck!
superholly (2 years ago)
+Joseph Stokes awww thanks, Joseph!
Mommy Garcia (2 years ago)
Why do you need to spray with windex ???? Is it not peel & stick ????? Looks gorgeous !!!!!
Garlee Block (9 months ago)
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).
criminallyvulgar (2 years ago)
so we're applying the contact paper directly to the wet counter?
sabrina martin (1 year ago)
Do u still take off the adhesive?
criminallyvulgar (2 years ago)
superholly okay, thank you for the help (:
superholly (2 years ago)
+criminallyvulgar yes, spray the windex lightly, slide the paper around until it's exactly where you want it, then squeegee the windex out.
Dee Trigg (2 years ago)
how does the contact paper stay sticky after all that windex?..Im a bit skeptical about using windex..not understanding how the paper remains sticky? :/
Leesha Joy Palmer (6 months ago)
With wall paper you’re meant to paint the wall with a pigmented sealer and then when you applied your glued paper it allows you to slide it into place so I think this makes sense. Lol
Reviewing Amazon Stuff (6 months ago)
I will just try a little piece first! 👍🏼
Quinn Henson (8 months ago)
This happened to us. Expensive mistake
Brittany (2 years ago)
Love. Did it with Ikea desks for home office and in my on sute cube. It's dreamy. Adore the tip about the windex.
superholly (2 years ago)
Happy to hear you found the video helpful! 😊😊😊
Blah Blah (2 years ago)
Thank you supercool 😊
Blah Blah (2 years ago)
How easy is it to remove if you are in a rental? It looks great. ☺
robyn smith (3 months ago)
superholly because you installed this many years ago, can you provide an update on how it's holding up? If you've tried to remove it, how easy is it to remove?
superholly (2 years ago)
+Blah Blah it's definitely doable! Maybe you can even use windex again when it's time to peel it up! Glad you liked it!! 😉
jessica nguyen (2 years ago)
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
superholly (2 years ago)
I'd say absolutely! The most important thing will be being very precise with your cuts. And yes, you can totally remove it when your lease is up 😉
Sweet V. (2 years ago)
did you go to wj Bryan?
Mia Chiou (2 years ago)
Do you need a mousepad now or it just works fine?
Barbara Walker (1 year ago)
That Mac mouse slides over anything with or without Contact paper. Even your pant leg, in a pinch.
superholly (2 years ago)
+Mia Chiou it works fine 😉
Zulma Lopez (2 years ago)
Hi there , I'm new to your channel, the desk turned out great , thank you for sharing. Blessings
kucki tea (2 years ago)
Omg YESSSSS!!!!
meg (2 years ago)
SAME JOHN SAME I have gorgeous bedroom furniture but its sage green and pine. I'm thinking white with marble tops and silver hardware!!! love ya, btw
superholly (2 years ago)
+John Kuckian yay!!!!! So excited! And never, EVER be sorry! 😂😉 I wanna see pix!
kucki tea (2 years ago)
Sorry but I am LIVING for this tutorial. I'm doing to do it all around my house
kucki tea (2 years ago)
i NEEEED to do this!
Vicky Gi (2 years ago)
very nice, i like¡
Marian Laine (2 years ago)
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?
superholly (2 years ago)
+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. 😊
Marian Laine (2 years ago)
Thank u for a nice video anyway! 😊
Victoria Jones (2 years ago)
Hi. I'm wondering exactly how the trick works. You don't need to take the sticker part off if you use the windex?
Emma W (2 years ago)
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!
superholly (2 years ago)
yes, yes you take the sticker part off! you just apply it on a lightly damp (windexed) surface instead of a dry one, and then squeegee all the moisture out once it's perfectly in place.
Moonchild of Orcamoon (2 years ago)
That is awesome, thank you so much for sharing this as I have so much trouble with contact :) I am looking forward to making the cloud lights too
superholly (2 years ago)
+Moonchild of Orcamoon glad you found the tutorial useful!!!
DeRenda Cragg (2 years ago)
BRILLIANT! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!
Silvia Scar (2 years ago)
se ve super bonito Holly excelente video!
Lilly M. (2 years ago)
Yay Easy instructions that I can follow I been thinking of doing a white wash brick on some of walls hopelly works out :) thanks for sharing
superholly (2 years ago)
+Lilly Martinez glad to help! Hope everything turns out great!! 👌🏼
Arlett paan (2 years ago)
Holly que bonita !
Angelica M (2 years ago)
looks like its real marble 👍 love it
Sessy Hernandez (2 years ago)
Fabulosa idea!! Lo vas hacer en español?
superholly (2 years ago)
Si!!! Pero sale hasta mañana... Besos y qué bueno que te gustó 😉
Pqnasaltamontes (2 years ago)
me encanto! ya lo espero en español :)
JAVM2010 (2 years ago)
maravillosa como siempre
superholly (2 years ago)
Gracias... español coming soon :) :) :)
Rochi Guillen (2 years ago)
👑💘💘

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