BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
– All products are designed for installation on the outside of the vehicle.
– Required Items include an installation squeegee (included), masking tape, glass cleaner, dry paper towels, measuring tape or ruler.
– Do not apply any vinyl graphics in direct sunlight. Make sure it is between 60 degrees and 80 degrees F
– Do not store unapplied graphics in direct sunlight – damage may occur.
– All dirt, grease and wax must be removed from the car surface before the decal is applied. This includes wax from mechanical car washes, rain-x, compound, etc. Failure to take this step may result in the decal not sticking to the vehicle surface.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE:
Once the decal is installed, to keep it looking new, simply wash it whenever you wash the vehicle. You can apply car wax, clearcoat, or RainEx over the decal once it is applied. your new decal will give you years of great looks. If you are in cold climate be careful when using an ice scraper on any surface where decals are applied.
STEP 1 – UNPACK THE SHIPPING CONTAINER
Remove the blank strip from packaging. Lay the strip flat on a smooth table in an area that is at least 60° F and below 80° F. The strip should be approximately 24″x60″
Inspect decals for damage during shipment. We double-check all orders are checked prior to shipment for damage. Any damage incurred during shipping must be reported to us within 48 hours.
STEP 2 – SLICE THE STRIP IN HALF (24inch kit only)
Using a razor blade and a straight edge, cut the strip in half (making two 12in by 60 in strips). Each 24inch kit kit has enough material to make two windshield strips 12″x60″.
Be sure when you make the cut that it is along the long side of the strip..
STEP 3 – PREPARE THE SURFACE
The most important step during decal installation is making sure the installation area is clean and dry. Make sure there is NO WAX, RAIN-X, COMPOUND, lint, dust, or other residue on the surface. Remove all wax, compound residue, car wash protectant, etc with PREP-SOL, laquer thinners, brake cleaner, 409, Fantastic, etc. After cleaning the surface, go over the surface with regular glass cleaner. Wipe it dry.
All waxes, oils, and polish must be removed from the vehicle surface to insure that the decal will stick properly Make sure the area is at least 60° F and no hotter than 80° F.
STEP 4 – MARK THE WINDSHIELD
With a tape measure and parking pencil, measure and mark the windshield post where the desired bottom edge will be of the strip when installed. Be sure to measure down the same amount on both sides of the windshield. Be sure to check your local laws regarding placement of vinyl on the windshield.
Measuring and marking the posts will ensure that the strip is straight when installed.
STEP 5 – PLACE ONE SECTION OF THE BLANK STRIP IN PLACE
With a friend’s help, take on of the blank strips, and hold it across the windshield (turn the strip so that the edge you cut is on top. This makes the straight factory vinyl edge facing towards the bottom) There should be extra on top past the top of the window.
Normal drop strips are between 4 and 6 inches. There should be extra vinyl on top above the window..
STEP 6 – TAPE IT TO THE WINDOW
Using two small pieces of masking tape, temporarily hold the strip in place by taping the bottom edge of the strip to the windshield in the desired location. With scissors or a razor blade, CAREFULLY cut around the sides and the top of the windshield leaving at least 1 inch extra all around. The extra will be removed during final installation.
The extra will be removed during final installation
STEP 7 – SECURE THE STRIP
With a friend’s help, place a long piece of tape along the bottom edge of the strip, half on the strip and half on the window, securing it. Fold the entire strip down along the hinged area you just made.
STEP 8 – START REMOVING BACKING PAPER
Raising the large hinged ‘flap’, and begin to peel the wax paper backing off the strip (exposing the sticky side of the decal). Spray a light mist of water (water only, NO SOAPY SOLUTIONS!!!!)
Using a spray bottle filled with regular water is important. Soapy solutions tent to keep the decal wet and may lead to the strip flying off at high speeds.
STEP 9 – BEGIN DECAL APPLICATION
With the wax paper backing peeled half way downward, begin to apply the sticky side of the strip to the vehicle surface with the Free application tool enclosed. Besure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal.
Continue to spray a LIGHT coating of water onto the window surface. Too much water will lead to the strip not drying properly. Not enough water will make it stick prematurely.
STEP 10 – CONTINUE INSTALLATION
Continue smoothing out the strip with long hoizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed.
Only remove the wax paper backing as needed. The sticky side of the decal should be covered until installation. This will keep it from getting dirty and sticking to the vehicle surface prematurely.
STEP 11 – TRIM AROUND THE WINDSHIELD POST
Once the entire strip is applied, use a razor blade to trim the strip at the edge of the window. Take your time and be patient. Cutting it too short will result in a rough edge. Cutting it too long may result in it getting caught on something.
STEP 12 – FINISH INSTALLATION
Once the strip has dried for at least 2 hours, apply wax or rain-x over the strip and window surface. This will keep the wipers from damaging the strip during normal use.
Most bubbles will dissipate within 3 weeks of installation due to sunlight.
All of our products are custom made to order. There are no refunds, no exchanges and no returns on any of our products. If you destroy the decal during installation, we may offer you a replacement at a reduced cost. In order to qualify for a lower cost replacement, you must send us the damaged decal. Management reserves the right to modify this policy.
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