Peel & Stick REAL.BIG. Decals: Application Instructions

Peel & Stick REAL.BIG. Decals: Application Instructions


Pick a spot. Fathead wall decals adhere well to smooth, indoor surfaces. Recommended and NOT recommended surfaces are listed below. You want to choose a RECOMMENDED surface.

Recommended Surfaces:

  • Smooth Walls
  • Painted Drywall (eggshell to a high gloss finish - no matte/flat paint)
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Sanded Wood (that has been painted)
  • Inside, temperature controlled environments

NOT Recommended Surfaces:

  • Freshly painted walls. Wait 30 days after painting before you put up your Fathead decal.
  • Textured Walls
  • Unpainted drywall
  • Brick
  • Cinder Block
  • Porous, textured paneling
  • Outside, non-temperature controlled environments


You don't want to start only to find out you don't have enough room. The dimensions are printed on the same sheet as your Fathead decal.

Unwind and relax.

If you'd been rolled up and stuck in a box you'd need to relax for a bit too. Lay flat for an hour prior to application.


You like clean sheets, Fathead decals like clean walls. Use a warm damp cloth to wipe down the surface and let it dry completely. DO NOT use soap or cleaning agents. They can make your decal stick poorly, which means it could fall down, and that's just ugly.

Step 3: GET HELP

No need to call 911, just get a friend. This is important if you're putting up one of our REAL.BIG. Fathead wall decals. Here's why: you'll start peeling the decal off the sheet when you realize it's as big as you… and it's sticky. When it sticks to itself, you'll say something nasty, and then you'll wish you had called that friend.

If you're putting up Fathead Jr decals or other smaller Fathead products, then going solo is OK.

Step 4: GET IT ON

With help from that friend you called, start at the top of your Fathead decal and carefully peel it from its backing.

Place one corner on the wall and slowly smooth the rest into place using minimal pressure. If you make a mistake, gently peel the decal off the wall and reposition it. Take your time and you'll do just fine.

REAL.BIG. Fathead wall decals come with a yellow plastic squeegee to help you get out any wrinkles or air bubbles. USE IT! Start from the middle of your decal and push out to the edges.

Keep the backing in case you want to move your decal to a new location.


For the best writing experience, prepare your chalkboard decal prior to use. After you apply your decal, cover the writing area with 100% standard white chalk. Let it sit for a few minutes and then erase it with a dry felt eraser. Your chalkboard decal is now ready for use and will be easy to clean!

To remove erasable liquid chalk, wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge, or spray it lightly with water; let it sit for 30 seconds, and then clean with a damp cloth. DO NOT use household or window cleaners, bleaches, or anything containing solvents, ammonia, or abrasive substances.


Whatever you choose to do with your Fathead chalk decal, we’d love to know. Hey, we just make this stuff. You’re going to use it in ways we never dreamed of! So take a few pictures, then connect with us and other fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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