Not Your Grandpa's Stickers
These aren't your grandpa's stickers. These are something else!
Back in the day, if you wanted a cool mask, you had to have it painted. Or you stuck stickers on it, or masked off areas and got a rattle can and went to town. Now you have a better choice. Outer Layer Skins.
Outer Layer Skins goalie mask decals are the same decals that are used on automotive vehicle wraps. The same ones that go on buses, race cars and other vehicles are the same types of vinyl your new Outer Layer Skins goalie mask will have.
And in case you're worrying that the ink might peel, well, don't. Every Outer Layer Skins goalie mask decal is laminated with the same laminate used on those vehicle wraps we mentioned. They're precision cut on a plotter and able to be applied to your mask as long as its a clean surface.
Tips & Hacks
Prepping your mask is as simple as disassembling it, cleaning the surface with an oil-free cleaner, and then allowing it ample time to dry.
When you have a mask with a lot of holes (I'm looking at you, CCM), it's best to position your decal with the backer still on, and then use a high-powered flashlight to shine from inside the mask, making sure the important elements on the mask aren't going to disappear into a vent hole.
When you're positioning your accent stripes, it's best to plan them first, and then lay your main graphics over top. This gives depth and character to your design.
Take all the time you need to position your decal before applying it. Applying decals in a rush leads to creases and bubbles.
Got a bubble that won't rub down? Don't worry. Carefully poke the bubble close to it's edge, and slowly press the air out from the opposite direction. While the vinyl has air-release capabilities, larger bubbles require this treatment.
Got in too bit of a hurry and got the vinyl stuck to itself? No worries! Just carefully unpeel the vinyl.
Have a difficult ridge (like a cage recess on the front of your mask) to wrap around? Carefully stretch (carefully, and very lightly) the vinyl decal from the top of the edge, into the face opening. You'll want to secure it as best you can to the inside of the mask. Once the decal is burnished to the inside edge of the mask, beginning at the center, apply light heat with a hair dryer and begin to press the decal into the crease. Note, this is stretching the vinyl, and that also diminishes the tack of the adhesive underneath. If you're going to have this decal on your mask for awhile, we recommend using 3M Primer 94 (available in this handy pen) on the inside channel. Bonus, this works as well to make sure your edges stay down on the inside of your mask as the decal wraps around edges.
Have fun with this! It's a project and an inexpensive one, as goalie gear goes!