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These instructions below describe the process and tools required to fit Vinyl Stripes to your vehicle using the wet method.
* Scissors or Scalpel with new blade
* Measuring tape
* Spray bottle with water
* Masking tape
The following tools will make it easier to fit your graphics.
* Laser level
* Metal rule
* Paper Towel
1. Unpack your order carefully. Do not discard packaging before checking you have removed all your items.
2. Thoroughly clean the area of the car where the stripes will be applied.
(The stripe is not made to cover up existing work. Old stripes need to be removed first*. This applies to any vinyl stripe not just ours. There is only one vinyl that is made to cover up old work, and it is sold as "block out white", and is only available in white.)
3. Cut the stripes using the metal rule and scalpel [or scissors] to sizes to fit the area you are working on. Make sure you know what cuts are to be made before starting.
4. Mark the area the stripes are to be applied to using the masking tape so you know where the stripe should start and finish otherwise you risk having the stripes running at an angle. On long lengths use the laser to follow a straight line.
5. Soak the area you are applying the stripe to with water from the spray bottle then peel the vinyl slowly from the backing paper, also soaking the vinyl as you peel it off.
6. Lay the vinyl down on the car, lining it up with the masking tape guides or laser line and adjust as necessary until straight. Be aware that when fitting to the sides of a vehicle, the stripe tends to sag if you dont keep it tensioned, and a curved line will result. Be careful not to actually stretch the stripe.
7. Wrap the squeegee with a double thickness of kleenex tissue and start to squeeze the water out from under the vinyl. This should be done firmly but not forcefully as too much pressure can buckle or stretch the vinyl.
8. Repeat until full set of stripes has been applied.
9. Check for bubbles and if any are found, pop with a pin and squeegee the water out.
Vinyl fitting should be carried out indoors at room temperature where possible. Cold weather can impair the adhesive from sticking and if it is too warm it can stick too quickly and be difficult to lift if you need to correct a mistake. If you cant fit indoors the minimum conditions are to find a sheltered location with temperature above 10 degrees celius. In good conditions the adhesive will take 48 hours to fully bond.
Having someone available to help when you do this job is recommended, especially when working with pieces of vinyl longer than a metre. Always take your time and plan what you are going to do before you start.
* Remove old vinyl stripes by warming with a hair dryer and peeling off. Remove any residue with white spirits. Stubborn marks can be removed using T-Cut or similar. Finish with meths.
The plaster remover gel sold by chemists can remove sticky patches.
A steam cleaner is also useful.