Rabbit Breed: Velveteen Lop - Permanent Weatherproof Self-Adhesive Vinyl Decal

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The Velveteen Lop rabbit breed, represented in a two-color, self-adhesive, weatherproof vinyl decal.

Our unique designs are all created by, and exclusive to, L3 Farm Rabbitry. Each one was individually crafted for that breed, and are not generic representations based on body type groups, like some designers use. We know that every breed has specific characteristics that are, even among similar breeds, entirely unique to them, such as the length or breadth of the ears, or the shape and carriage of the head. No one knows their breed better than those who raise them, and we know it's important that it look like that breed to those breeders - so our decals are designed to be accurate representations of their breed, and as close as possible to their Standard of Perfection from the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

Color / Variety

This series of decals are each approximately 2 inches by 3 inches in size (dimensions vary slightly depending on their posed type). They are cut and then a layering process is used to produce a finished decal that has two colors. This creates distinctly one-of-a-kind decals that can truly show off the colors, varieties, and breeds that can't be adequately shown in single-color decals. Our broken varieties actually have a white base color with a broken pattern in the other color of your choice, instead of simulating it using a single color cut with patchy holes. We have silvering on our Silver Fox, tan on our Tan, breaks on our Lionhead, and patchwork on our Harlequin, all distinctly defined with color, not holes. For breeds or varieties that are a single color, we use a complementary color to outline the body, and accentuate it.

We offer our decals in all ARBA-recognized colors and varieties for that breed. Please specify the variety when you order. No variety needs to be specified for breeds with only one, such as Thrianta or American Chinchilla.

Non-standard varieties ('sports' or ones not yet accepted by ARBA) are also available if purchased in a quantity of 3 or more (as a custom job, this is the minimum number we are able to cut without wasting material). The 3 decals can be the same breed, or different breeds, as long as they use the same colors. Please feel free to send a photo of your rabbit to Laura@L3FarmRabbitry.com so we can use the most closely matched colors.

Permanent and Weatherproof

We exclusively use the industry-leading Oracal™ brand for its superior quality and rich, UV-resistant color. These decals are not made from a "cling" material and are not re-positionable once applied. It is an ultra-thin, strong, and permanent self-adhesive outdoor/weatherproof vinyl. They can be removed, but the decal is destroyed in the process, and so once removed they cannot be reused.

* Oracal™ 651 black and white vinyl is rated for 6 years of continuous exposure; all other colors are rated for 4 years of continuous exposure. Decals applied to sheltered vehicles or indoor surfaces will typically last much longer, and often outlive the item to which it's applied.

Decal Application Guide

The decal comes pre-layered and fully assembled; you just need to apply it to whatever surface you wish to decorate. We recommend only applying decals to hard, smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, metal or tile. Wood can also be used, if it is very smoothly sanded, and any fine wood dust is thoroughly removed; a clear varnish or other protective coating, either applied and allowed to dry before application, or applied over the entire surface afterward, may further strengthen its adhesion to the wood. The surface needs to be clean, and free of any oils that may prevent the adhesive from making a strong bond, and without any dirt or dust that might get trapped under the vinyl and create a high spot or bubble underneath. Glass can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol, but other surfaces should be cleaned with something that is safe for them. Vinegar is often a good choice.

The decal comes attached to a paper-like backing that protects its adhesive side, and a translucent transfer sheet on top. To transfer the decal to your cleaned and prepared surface, you will need to remove the paper to expose the adhesive. Sometimes, the decal is more firmly attached to the backing than it is to the transfer sheet. Be slow and careful when you peel the paper off the decal, and watch as you go, to make sure all of it comes off without getting stuck. If it does start to get stuck, just lay it back down flat at that place (you don't need to let go of the whole thing, just that one place it's stuck at) and rub firmly on the transfer sheet (the harder the better) to allow it to get a better grip on the decal; you can then begin peeling the paper away again. If it's being particularly difficult, you can use the edge of a credit card to rub on the top of the transfer sheet to really push it down hard. Once the decal is fully removed from the backing, don't let it touch anything you don't want it to stick to!

Line it up with its intended destination, and apply it starting with one edge - or you can slightly bend it by moving your hands together, with the decal on the outside of the U shape, bending away from you, so it will touch the in the center first, if you prefer. Slowly allow the decal to "roll" down as you press the decal down, from that starting point to the opposite edge. As you do this, you can use your fingers, the edge of a credit card, or a similar object, to press it down firmly as you go, to make sure it's going down flat. If you decided to start at the center, you might have someone assist with this part, or if it's a reasonably small decal, use the thumb on your opposite-side hand as you lay down one side, then do it for the other side. With the center-starting method, it's not actually necessary, since the tension of the U-shaped bend tends to keep it flat all by itself, as long as you roll it down slowly and steadily, keeping that tight bend (don't relax and just let it flop down).

Once it is in place, and before you remove the transfer sheet, REALLY rub the heck out of the back of that sheet. You wanted the transfer sheet to stick to the decal, but now you want the adhesive on the decal to stick even more strongly to your surface - otherwise, when you peel back the transfer sheet, it'll try to pull the decal off with it. When peeling back the transfer sheet, it's best to get hold of one edge of it, and kind of fold it back on itself, so that corner's sticky side is facing you, and keeping it as sharply folded as you can, pulling away from that edge toward the other side. That trick tends to make its strength less than the decal's; even so, you may have a place where the decal tries to go with the transfer sheet. Immediately stop if you see that happen, roll it back down a bit, like you might have done with the paper backing, and rub it some more (I'll often use the edge of my thumbnail to really push and scrape that part, right where it's sticking. You just need the decal to adhere a bit more at that spot. Continue until the transfer sheet is free. You can, at this point, gently press and work any tiny air bubbles out near the edges (if you have any) but most tiny bubbles are not an issue, they will 'breathe' through the thin vinyl and within 24 hours be gone.

If you end up with air bubbles after 24 hours, it's because they're either too large to naturally release, or it's got dust trapped in there, not just air. You'll need to push it as flat as you can there, but never attempt to lift the decal to remove trapped dust or air, even if it's near an edge! If the decal is peeled away, even a little bit, it will never stick as well as it did the first time, and that place may peel back on its own over time. If there are bubbles near the edge, you can often push them out with the edge of a fingernail, or the credit card, by kind of pushing them toward the edge until they are able to escape there. Larger bubbles or dust can often be flattened down very well if you use a fine needle and puncture the vinyl at that place and press it firmly flat; this allows the bit of air to escape through that tiny puncture hole. If you use a small needle, you won't even see that tiny hole when you're done. This method will not damage it; if you press it down firmly after you remove the air, the adhesive will completely seal around it and nothing will get underneath.

Once applied, you will want to wait 24 hours before washing your car or whatever it is you applied it to, to allow the adhesive time to cure and bond firmly; after that, it'll be locked in place (unless you have to remove it) - which leads us to the next guide!

Decal Removal Guide

If you later need to remove the decal, please note that the decal is not reusable once removed. Removal is easiest if the decal has been applied to a smooth, heat-resistant surface, such as glass, or the painted and clear-coated body panel of a car. A hair-dryer or heat-gun (on its lowest setting) can be carefully used to warm the decal, which loosens the bond of the adhesive. A thin-bladed scraping tool may be used to get under an edge, if the decal is on glass, but we recommend using a smooth plastic blade, or the edge of a fingernail, if the surface is painted or might be scratched by harder tools. Once an edge is free, you can continue to apply heat as needed, and peel the decal off by hand by pulling/stretching it away from the surface. Please use caution when touching any decal that has been heated; the adhesive may be hotter than the top layer of the vinyl, and if overheated could cause burns to the skin. Never apply heat to a decal if you are uncertain whether the surface it is attached to is heat-safe. Decals can be removed without heat, using the same process, but may leave an adhesive residue if it's been attached for a long time. If residue remains, use an adhesive-remover that is safe for that surface, such as one containing vinegar or citrus oil. Never use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, except on non-tinted, untreated glass; it will damage most painted or coated materials.

A Little Bit of Legal Stuff

All of our decals are custom-designed by L3 Farm, and as such are the privately-owned and protected intellectual property of L3 Farm. We reserve and maintain all rights to these designs. Whether physical or electronic in form, and regardless of initial or ultimate intent, no other person or entity may legally reproduce any of our designs or use their likeness, or use such items for any purpose, whether personal or commercial, and regardless of whether such act produces financial gain, without the express and written consent of L3 Farm or its official agent. L3 Farm maintains and reserves all rights to these designs. Any person who purchases an item bearing the likeness of these design(s), so long as that item has been produced in accordance to these requirements, has the right to display that item anywhere they choose, and no attribution or recognition is required to do so. Such a person also has the right to resell that item in its unmodified form, and no restrictions are placed on the amount asked or received for such a transaction.

  • Manufacturer: L3 Farm Rabbitry

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