Instructions for Installing Car, Truck, Boat, Window Lettering
Vinyl graphics are a great way to advertise your business or promote your boat name and registration numbers
Just follow these easy instructions:
The top tacky sheet is the transfer tape, which is a low tack sheet used to lift and hold your graphic in one piece. The vinyl's pressure sensitive adhesive is stronger than the transfer tape's adhesive, allowing the graphic to bond tightly to the application surface as you remove the application tape. The backing paper is waxed on the vinyl's adhesive side and paper on the backside, making situating the graphic possible without bonding the graphic before it is in place.
Application should be done in a clean environment and not on a windy day. To insure proper adhesion, make sure that the outside temperature is above +50º.
We suggest the following items for your installation: Water bottle (with 4 drops of liquid dish detergent – 1 drop per cup), rubbing alcohol, paper towels, squeegee (you can also use credit card or thin plastic piece – this is for adhering graphic to glass or surface), tape measure, masking tape
Clean - Clean - Clean
I cannot stress enough how important it is that the application surface be free of all dirt and wax. Clean your surfaces thoroughly! Once cleaned, go over the surface with rubbing alcohol.
With the backing paper still attached, position the graphic where you want it applied. Stick a piece of masking tape on the upper corners of your graphic anchoring it in place. Since the backing paper is still on your graphic, you can move it around and make your positioning adjustments now. Use a tape measure to make sure it is level; never trust 'your eye'.
Once you are happy with the positioning, lay a line of masking tape along the top edge of your graphic, making sure you have good masking tape contact with the graphic and the application area. If your masking tape should come loose while you are lifting the backing paper, slowly and calmly replace the backing paper to the graphic, reposition the graphic and add another line of masking tape to your existing top line.
Raise the now secure graphic 'sandwich' and clean the area one more time. This assures that the backing paper did not leave any dust particles or static which can cause bubbles. Slowly remove the backing paper from the vinyl graphic and application tape.
PREFERRED WET APPLICATION
At this point, if you prefer a wet application, you can lightly mist the application surface with your water mixture. This slows down the vinyl's adhesive bonding process, giving you time to correct any imperfections. (If necessary, keep the area wet until you are happy with it.)
Carefully lower the graphic to the surface, using the credit card or squeegee to remove any trapped water and air bubbles. ALWAYS SQUEEGEE FROM THE CENTER OUT TO THE EDGES. Use moderate to firm pressure with your credit card or squeegee to adhere the pressure sensitive vinyl properly.
If you used the wet method, allow time for your vinyl adhesive to dry and produce a secure bond before going to the next step. This will probably take overnight, possibly even longer. Make sure the vinyl does not peel up when you are removing the transfer tape. If it does, it is not dry yet. Depending on the temperature, the drying time varies.
Small air and water bubbles should evaporate within a few days. Pop any larger bubbles with a pin and press out.
Avoid washing the vehicle or windows for the first week after application. For longer life avoid using snow scrapers as they may damage the material. Do not use abrasive cleaners on the image. Avoid using rear windshield wipers as they will cause premature wear of the material.
Rich & Nila