Stripe Fitting Instructions

These instructions describe the process and tools required to fit vinyl stripes to your vehicle using the wet method.

Optional Tools:

  • Laser level

  • Metal rule

  • Paper towel

Essential Tools:

  • Scissors or scalpel with new blade

  • Measuring tape

  • Spray bottle with water

  • Masking tape

  • Squeegee

Directions:

  1. Unpack your order carefully.  Do not discard packaging before checking you have removed all your items.

  2. Thoroughly clean the area of the vehicle where the stripes will be applied.  (The stripe is not made to cover up existing work.  Old stripes need to be removed first*.

  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 vehicle, 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 don't keep the tension, 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.

IMPORTANT:

Vinyl fitting should be carried out in clement weather conditions, preferably under shelter, with temperatures exceeding 10 degrees Celius.  Cold weather can impair the adhesive from sticking, and if too warm, it can stick too quickly and be difficult to lift if you need to correct a mistake.  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 hairdryer and peeling off.  Remove any residue with white spirits.  Stubborn marks can be removed using T-Cut or similar.  Finish with meths.

 

Decal Fitting Instructions

Our decals come in three layers:

  1. The bottom layer consists of paper, referred to as transfer tape.

  2. The middle layer contains the decorative vinyl sticker.

  3. The top layer is called the applicator, and is slightly opaque.

Please carefully read all the instructions before starting.

Preparation:

  • Keep the decal at room-temperature overnight.

  • If the decal has been rolled for posting, unroll and flatten using something sturdy, such as books, and leave overnight.

  • If the decal has been folded, we will have done so where it will not affect the vinyl.  Lay the decal out and flatten the creases with your finger before starting.

  • Do not try to apply the decal if the temperature is less than 10 Degrees Celsius. Cold weather can impair the adhesive from sticking, and if too warm, it can stick too quickly and be difficult to lift if you need to correct a mistake.  In good conditions, the adhesive will take 48 hours to fully bond.

  • Be sure that the area for the sticker is clean and dry.

  • DO NOT APPLY to newly-painted surfaces, until the paint has fully cured.  This can take anything from one to six weeks.

Dry Application Method:

  1. Carefully peel the sticker from the paper so that only the decal and the applicator remain.  Sometimes this takes a bit of coaxing, but most of the time the decal will readily release from the paper to the applicator.  Problems may arise in humid conditions.  Be patient, don't hurry.  It will work.  You may want to help coax the vinyl from the paper with the tip of a pin.

  2. Carefully place the decal on the exact location that you desire.  Concise planning ahead is advised.

  3. Once the decal touches the surface, DO NOT TRY TO RELOCATE.  The stickers adhesive is very strong.  If you attempt to move after it touches the surface, you may damage the sticker as the vinyl will stretch and distort before the adhesive will give way.

  4. After placing the decal to the surface, rub it home starting from the centre, working toward the edges.  Peel off the top layer, the application, and enjoy your new decal!

Wet Application Method:

This method can be used on most applications, but requires more care and skill, and is optional.  I use it when there are large solid areas of vinyl.

  1. Mix a gallon or so of water with a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid.  Use a spray bottle and wet the area where the decal is to be applied.

  2. Trim away the transfer tape so that the tape is about 1/2" of the edge of your decal.

  3. Remove the backing paper the same as the Dry Method instructions (step 1 above).  Place the decal, still attached to the transfer tape, to the wetted surface.  The decal can then be gently moved and repositioned correctly.

  4. Your decal will slide on the thin film of solution trapped between the vinyl decal and the surface.  When the decal is in the final location, use a small squeegee or credit card to squeeze the water and detergent solution out from under the decal.

  5. The transfer tape will protect the decal during this process.

  6. CAUTION:  Be sure to squeegee as much solution as possible from under the decal.  Take your time, because if not enough solution is removed from under the decal, the decal will not adhere to the surface.  Although a squeegee is recommended, the water can also be removed by using your fingers or a soft cloth.

  7. When through with the squeegee, the transfer tape can be carefully removed.  Work the decal with your fingers, and a soft, absorbent cloth around the edges and corners to remove any remaining solution.

  8. Warm weather is best for this application.

  9. If applying the decal to a vehicle, do not drive at speed until the decal has completely adhered.

Tips:

  • The larger the decal, the more chance you have of trapping air bubbles between the sticker and the surface.  If you trap an air bubble, take a pin and stab a tiny hole in the bubble and work the air out of the pinhole.  You'll never see the pinhole.

  • Take greater care with thin areas, such as the tips on flames.  Make sure these are firmly fixed, otherwise they will loosen when you clean the vehicle/area.

Maintenance:

  • In colder climates, decals on windows of vehicles can be damaged by scraping off frost or ice.  Mild window cleaner may be used to clean the windows without damage to the decal.

  • On painted surfaces of vehicles, care must be taken when waxing.  Wax will build up around the edges of the decal, and will need to be removed.  Use a soft cloth, take your time, and be gentle.  A brush will force the wax underneath the edge of the decal, and the decal will begin to peel.

  • Your decal will not be damaged by normal use of car wash products, or water.

  • The decals will give you many years of enjoyment if given proper care.

Removal:

  • On glass surfaces, with temperatures between 21-27 degrees centigrade (70-80F), a razor blade scraper can be used.

  • Decals can be removed from painted surfaces by using a hairdryer to warm the decal to the point where it peels off easily.

Disclaimer:

The application of this vinyl decal requires a degree of dexterity, and concentration.  If you feel you cannot apply this decal yourself, any auto detailer, or body shop can apply it for you.  Stripeworld cannot be held responsible for replacing decals that have been damaged during application.

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