Installing a self-adhesive decal your vehicle is a relatively simple process. Here's a step-by-step generalised installation guide to help you:
- Self-adhesive decal
- Clean cloth or microfiber towel
- Rubbing alcohol or mild detergent
- Squeegee or bank card
- Masking tape (optional)
General Installation Steps
Step 1: Prepare the surface
Ensure that the surface where you'll be applying the decal is clean and free from dust, dirt, or wax. Use a clean cloth or microfiber towel to wipe the area thoroughly. If there are any stubborn residues or oils, you can use rubbing alcohol or a mild detergent diluted in water to clean the surface. Let it dry completely before proceeding. If any water is present during the application it can hinder the longevity of the decal, or worse prevent the installation.
Step 2: Position the decal
Hold the decal up to the appropriate area of the vehicle and determine the desired placement. You can use masking tape to temporarily hold the decal in place if needed. Take your time to ensure that it is aligned and centred correctly.
Step 3: Peel the backing
Gently peel back a small portion of the backing paper from one corner of the decal and continue to remove entirely. Be careful not to touch too much of the adhesive side with your fingers to prevent any oil or dirt transfer. If your decal has a transfer layer, please use this to transfer the decal over to the application area.
Step 4: Apply the decal
Once you have exposed a small section of the adhesive side, carefully align it with the logo area of the vehicle. Start from one edge and gradually press the decal onto the surface. For larger surface areas, you can try using a squeegee or bank card to smooth it out. Work slowly and steadily, applying even pressure to avoid air bubbles or wrinkles.
Step 5: Finishing touches
Once the entire decal is applied, go over it again with the squeegee or bank card to ensure a firm adhesion. Pay extra attention to the edges to ensure they are securely attached.
Step 6: Final check
Inspect the decal for any air bubbles or imperfections. If you notice any, gently lift the affected area and reapply it, smoothing out the problem spots. If the assumed air bubble turns out to be dirt or dust, attempting to remove it may cause a larger problem.
That's it! You have successfully installed a self-adhesive decal onto your vehicle. Take a step back and admire the result. Keep in mind that different decals may have specific instructions, so it's always a good idea to check any guidelines or recommendations provided on the associated product page.