- also known as the 'top hinge method'
- this method is useful when the alignment of the decal is important
- once the hinge is in place, the decal can be lifted from the surface without affecting the alignment
- painter's tape and masking tape are the best options for making the hinge
- make small overlapping strokes with the squeegee (credit card, licence, etc.) applying only a few centimetres (less than 1 inch) at a time