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Here's the low down of applying, removing and caring for your Vinyl graphics.

Once they arrive........

we like to assume you apply your graphics straight away...but if this isnt the case

and its going to be a while before they are applied, unroll them, and store them perfectly flat

with some weighty items on top untill youre ready.

 

Vinyl Application

Equipment Required:
1.Squeegee (credit card type tool)
2.Application Fluid in Spray Bottle (soapy water) - WET APPLICATION ONLY
3.Kitchen paper towel


How to prepare for applying the Vinyl:

Please read these instructions all the way through before starting your application. The
surface must be clean, and free of all oils, waxes and dirt. Use a glass cleaner to clean
away and dirt and oils. NOTE NEVER USE AMMONIA BASED CLEANERS (i.e.
Windex). It will emit gasses for a couple of weeks and create bubbles under the decal.
Which will result in accidental decal peeling. On painted surfaces wipe with a wax
remover or alcohol if applying on freshly waxed paint.


Applying the Vinyl using the DRY method (used in most cases):

You may need a needle, a credit card or a similar type squeegee. Try to avoid applying
the vinyl in direct sunlight. Take the credit card or squeegee and flatten the vinyl
(sandwiched between the backing tape and application tape) on both sides by rubbing
over it. If the vinyl was sent out to you rolled up, lay it out flat and let it relax for an hour
or so as the Vinyl is easier to handle if flat.

Double check to make sure that your vinyl is meant for the internal or external
application (for internal application the vinyl will look mirror imaged through the
application tape). Turn the vinyl upside down on the transfer tape and pull backing tape
off SLOWLY. The backing is the heavier paper, the application tape is the see through
tape.

Now you are ready to apply the vinyl. Hold the vinyl over your desired location and
slowly apply the Vinyl to the surface. Try to touch the surface first at the centre of the
Vinyl and then flatten out to the sides. Next, use your credit card or squeegee again to
flatten as much of the vinyl as possible. The transfer tape will allow you to rub the vinyl
without damaging it. Peel back an edge of transfer tape slowly the things to watch for are
the small letters and corners, to make sure they are sticking to glass, and not to the
transfer tape. Once the transfer tape is removed, take your fingers and rub gently over the
corners and points of your vinyl to make sure they are glued firmly to the surface. If by
chance you have an air bubble(s), use your needle and give the air bubble(s) a small poke,
this will create a small hole for the air to escape. Press around the air bubble, working the
air to the small hole. The bubbles may disappear after a day or two.


Applying the Vinyl using the WET method:
Use a spray bottle and apply a few drops of washing up liquid to some water, use the
bottle and wet the area where the vinyl is to be applied.
Apply the vinyl still attached to the transfer tape, to the thoroughly sprayed surface. The
vinyl can then be gently moved and repositioned correctly for your perfect finish. When
the vinyl is in the perfect place, use a small squeegee or credit card to push out any of the
water from under the vinyl. The transfer tape will stop the vinyl from being damaged
while doing this.

Please make sure to remove as much of the water as possible from under the vinyl as if
not enough is removed the vinyl will not stick to the surface and will find it difficult to
remove the application tape. Once that is complete you can then remove the application
tape SLOWLY. If there are bubbles present under the vinyl that cannot be removed by
working them to the edge of the vinyl with your fingers, then a small pin or needle can be
used to puncture the vinyl at the bubble, to remove the air. A small pin hole will not be
seen after the air bubble has been worked out with the fingers.



Caring for your Vinyl:


In colder climates, vinyl on windows of vehicles can be damaged by the scraping of frost
or ice from the windows so be careful not to run over them with your Ice Scrapers!! Mild
window cleaner may be used to clean the windows without damage to the vinyl. On
painted surfaces of vehicles, care must be taken when waxing. Wax will build up around
the edges of the vinyl, and will need to be removed. Use a soft cloth, and take your time,
and be gentle. Your vinyl will not be damaged by normal use of car wash products, or
water. Although the vinyl will withstand pressure washers, car washes, these
unfortunately may reduce the life span and appearance of your vinyl product after a time.



How to easily remove the vinyl:

On glass surfaces, with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees, a razor blade scraper
can be used. Vinyl can be removed easily from painted surfaces by using a heat gun or
hair dryer to warmthe vinyl to the point to where it peels off easily.

 
Colour Card
If you need to choose custom colours please refer to colours found on this card:
 
651-colour-card
 
 
Heater Fascia application:
 
for the heater fascias just follow the simple steps below:
 
  1. Remove the old tin fascia graphic panel if its lifting away or de-laminating
  2. Clean thouroughly to removeany dirt, grease or snot and use a cleaner that leaves no residue or waxy deposits.
  3. Pop the switch out by squeezing the locating lugs to the rear and pushing forwards....make a note of which wire goes to which terminal and        disconnect.
  4. peel your new fascia graphic off the backing paper and be careful not to get finger prints or debris on the adhesive side
  5. slip the graphic over the heater control knob....its flexible enough to do this dont worry....align with the long slot, and hole for the switch.
  6. press it down firmly.....if it isnt stuck properly it will lift away in time....double check....press it down again for good measure.
  7. replace the switch putting the correct wires on the correct terminals.....you did make a note of this didnt you ?
  8. sit back and admire your new found skills.
 
Switch Panel surround application:
 
for the switch panel surrounds just follow the simple steps below:
 
  1. Remove any old or previously mounted graphic or decals....you MUST start with a flat original switchpanel plate otherwise this wont fit too well.
  2. Clean thouroughly to removeany dirt, grease or snot and use a cleaner that leaves no residue or waxy deposits.
  3. itis best to allow your heater to drop down and make space for thenext task...undo the 2 screws that hold it to the lower dash rail and let it drop down.
  4. Pop all the  switches out by squeezing the locating lugs to the rear and pushing forwards....make a note of which wire goes to which terminal and disconnect.
  5. peel your switch panel graphic off the backing paper and be careful not to get finger prints or debris on the adhesive side
  6. slip the graphic onto the switch panel....align with the holes for the switches and utilise the slots at either end to go around the choke and heater bypass cables.
  7. press it down firmly.....if it isnt stuck properly it will lift away in time....double check....press it down again for good measure.
  8. replace the switches putting the correct wires on the correct terminals.....you did make a note of this didnt you ?
  9. lift up and screw the heater back to the lower dash rail
  10. sit back and admire your new found skills.
 
If you are struggling with any of the above, please dont hesitate to call us.
 
 
 
 

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