Standard Vinyl Decal Installation Instructions
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, drypaper towels, measuring tape or ruler.
Do not apply any vinyl graphics in direct sunlight. Make sure it is between 60 degrees and 80degrees F . Park the vehicle in the garage in the shade. Let cool for 30 minutes if hot.
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.
DRY APPLICATION vs WET APPLICATION: We suggest installing all graphics using the dry application method shown here.. Installing it dry will insure that the decal stays adhered to the vehicle surface, while wet application may cause the decal to not adhere to the vehicle surface. If installing it wet, use A VERY LIGHT SOAPY SOLUTION. Three or four drops of dish washing liquid per 16 oz squirt bottle.
STEP 1 - UNPACK THE SHIPPING CONTAINERRemove decals from packaging. Lay decals flat on a smooth table in an area that is at least 60° F and below 80° F.
STEP 2 - PREPARE THE SURFACEThe 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 protestants, etc with rubbing or denatured alcohol. After cleaning the surface, go over the surface with regular glass cleaner.
STEP 3 - PLACE THE DECALTemporarily 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.
STEP 4 - SECURE THE DECALApply 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.
STEP 5 - OPTIONAL-DIVIDE UP THE DECALTo make installation easier for large or long decals, you can create several smaller decals out of the one large decal by cutting vertically up the decal. Preferably along the door jamb of a vehicle or between the letters for sign applications. Using a pair of scissors cut into the actual vinyl portion of the graphic and the paper backing. Once this is accomplished, you will have individual decals instead of one whole surface to install.
STEP 5 – START REMOVING BACKING PAPERRaising 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.
STEP 6 - BEGIN DECAL APPLICATIONWith 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. Be sure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. Continue smoothing out the decal with long horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed.
STEP 7 - BEGIN TAPE REMOVALOnce 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. Remove all the transfer tape and discard.
STEP 8 – FINAL TRIMMINGOnce 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 or exacto knife, carefully cut around the edge of the windows. For Door Jambs, slit the decal in the center if the jamb and fold around the edge of the door.
CARE AND MAINTENANCEYour new vinyl decal is now installed! To keep it looking new, simply wash it whenever you wash the vehicle. Avoid any waxes ot cleaners on the digital graphics, they may remove the ink.