GRAPHIC DECAL
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
The Decal is specifically designed for installation on the outside of the item, mailbox, toolbox or vehicle.
Required Items include an installation squeegee (included), masking tape, isopropyl alcohol or other none residue cleaner, dry paper towels, measuring tape or ruler, and some form of heat gun - a hairdryer will work, but is slower.
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. Failure to take this step may result in the decal not sticking to the vehicle surface.

<td >The most important step during decal installation is making sure the installation area is clean and dry. Make sure there is NO wax, preparations such as silicon sealer, lint, or dust, on the surface. Remove all dirt, wax etc., with lacquer thinners, isopropyl alcohol, etc. Wipe it dry.You can also use a wet method which will allow you to move the decal when applying it. Use a few drops of liquid soap in about a cup of water and spray this onto the surface of the object you are going to apply the decal to. You do not want it to be too soapy or it will not dry correctly, just enough to be able to move the decal around a little.With the backing paper peeled down, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the vehicle surface with the Be sure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. ONLY APPLY THE FIRST HALF OF THE DECAL. Move from the center outwards

STEP 1 - Lay the decal on a flat surface to help flatten it after transit

STEP 2 - PREPARE THE SURFACE

Make sure the area is at least 60° F and no hotter than 80° F.

Cleaning the area

STEP 3 - 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. Align the decal

Once the decal is aligned to the vehicle, mailbox etc., stand back and look at the decal. it should be level.

Adjust as necessary.

measure and align decal

STEP 4 - SECURE THE DECAL

Apply a long piece of masking tape along the top of the decal or through the middle of the decal, with approx half of the tape on the decal and half on the items surface. This will make a large hinged 'flap'.

The hinged flap will make installation much easier.

Tape the decal down

STEP 6 - START REMOVING BACKING PAPER

Raising the large hinged 'flap', and begin to peel the backing paper 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 - YET.

Peeling the backing paper only a quarter to half way down will allow you to keep the decal away from the surface until necessary.

Peel back the backing paper from the decal

STEP 7 - BEGIN DECAL APPLICATION

The squeegee should be angled approximately 45 degrees away from the surface of the decal. This will help to keep bubbles from forming between the decal and the vehicle surface.

Applying the decal

 

 

<td >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 panel. Carefully cut around any areas that need to be exposed, such as mailbox flags.<td >Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied, go over the decal with the application squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes.<td >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 surface sealer over the decal once it is applied. your new decal will give you years of great looks. If you are in cold climate be areful when using an ice scraper on any surface where decals are applied.

STEP 8 - CONTINUE INSTALLATION

Continue smoothing out the decal with long horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom, and outwards. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed. If you need to go over a handle, recess etc., heat the vinyl carefully with the heat gun and press it in to form around the object - it will stretch, make sure you get it well pressed into the edges. Go back as needed to make sure it stays pressed into the surface - DO NOT overheat.

Only remove the backing paper 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 9 - FINAL TRIMMING

Use the squeegee to work the decal well into the recesses.

STEP 10 - FINAL STEPS

STEP 11 - FINISH INSTALLATION

Any small bubbles can be removed using a small razor blade, or preferably a pin. Take the razor blade or pin, and poke a small hole (DO NOT SLICE) in the vinyl at the source of the bubble. Then with the squeegee, push the remaining air out of the bubble. with a pin you can make more than one small hole to make sure the vinyl lays flat. A slice will only get larger over time, so be careful.

Be sure to follow the care & maintenance instructions below.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

NOTE

In general, don't go too fast and don't get too far ahead of yourself. If you make a mistake, don't worry. The material is pretty forgiving and you can pull it off again within a few minutes. Just don't pull too hard or too quick or the material will stretch. You want to pull away at an angle that lets you pull slowly and evenly. Another thing to watch for is wrinkles which may appear as you are squeegee-ing the decal downwards. In order to avoid wrinkles popping up, squeegee slowly and evenly so that you don’t get one side more than a few inches ahead of the other side. If a wrinkle does form, you can usually press it down with your fingers.

Be careful about squeegee-ing wrinkles, as they may fold and crease. If you run into trouble, simply pull the decal up and try again, to help the vinyl decal regain its shape you can gently heat it, before reapplying. You can only do this a few times so be careful, take your time, and do not over heat it - it can melt.

It can be a help to have a second person holding and gently stretching the vinyl decal over and above the surface to be covered as you apply it.