BEFORE YOU BEGIN: – This product is specifically 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.
STEP 1 – UNPACK THE SHIPPING CONTAINER
Remove decals from packaging. Lay decals flat on a smooth table in an area that is at least 60° F and below 80° F.
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 – GO OVER THE DECAL WITH THE SQUEEGEE
To ensure that the decal is properly stuck to the transfer tape covering before installing the decal, take the squeegee application tool and press firmly over the whole surface of the face of the decal while it is still laying flat on the table.
In some cases the transfer tape covering the decal may become unstuck from the surface of the decal itself. By manually squeegeeing the two together, you will make an easier installation.
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 – PLACE THE DECAL
Temporarily place the decal in the desired location with two small pieces of masking tape (one on each upper corner of the decal) holding the decal to the vehicle surface. With a tape measure or yard stick, align the decal with the window or body section.
Apply a long piece of masking tape along the top of the decal with approx half of the tape on the decal and half on the vehicle surface. This will make a large hinged ‘flap’. Then carefully trim around the edge of the decal with a scissor or razor blade. Be sure to allow at least 1 inch extra all around.
The hinged flap will make installation much easier.
STEP 6- START REMOVING BACKING PAPER
Raising the large hinged ‘flap’, and begin to peel the wax paper backing off the decal (exposing the sticky side of the decal). Be sure to only expose half of the decal. DO NOT ALLOW THE STICKY PART OF THE DECAL TO TOUCH THE VEHICLE SURFACE.
With the wax paper backing peeled half way downward, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the vehicle surface with the Free application tool enclosed. Besure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. ONLY APPLY THE FIRST HALF OF THE DECAL.
The application squeegee should have a sharp even edge. The tool should be angled 45 degrees away from the center of the decal. This will keep bubbles from forming between the decal and the vehicle surface.
STEP 8 – CONTINUE INSTALLATION
Continue smoothing out the decal with long hoizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed.
Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the vehicle, go over the decal with the application squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Using a sharp razor blade, carefully cut around the edge of the window trim, just on the glass.
For sliding rear windows as shown in the example, cut vertically along the slider trim, slicing apart the window sections. Fold over the decal and use the squeegee to work the decal into the recesses.
Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the vehicle, go over the decal with the application squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Then begin peeling the transfer tape covering the decal.
The transfer tape covering is made of paper with a sticky backing. This must be removed after the decal is installed. The vehicle surface must be proper temperature for this tape to be removed easily.
Finish removing the transfer tape covering, peeling from one side to the other. Any small bubbles can be removed using a small razor blade. Take the razor blade and poke a small hole in the vinyl at the source of teh bubble. Then with the squeegee, push the remaining air out of the bubble.
Be sure to follow the care & maintenance instructions below.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your new vinyl decal is now installed! To keep it looking new, simply wash it whenever you wash the vehicle. You can apply wax 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.
PLEASE NOTE: These full color decals are made using a printing process where solvent ink is fused to standard self adhesive vinyl material. This process allows the ink to remain on the vinyl material for up to 3 years without fading or cracking. You must be careful not to use harsh chemicals on the full color decals. This will damage the decals. We recommend you wax over the decals after installation using a non solvent paste wax. DO NOT USE LAQUER THINNERS, 409, FANTASTIC, SUPER CLEAN OR OTHER HARSH CHEMICALS TO CLEAN THE GRAPHICS. DAMAGE MAY OCCUR. 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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