How to Wrap a Car

STEP 1. 

Thoroughly clean the surface the material is to be applied to using a sponge and clean, soapy water. The surface area is clean enough when you can rub your fingers over the cleaned area and it is "squeaky" clean. Then use RAPIDPREP or Avery Dennison Surface Cleaner to prepare the surface that the vinyl will be applied to. Do not use Windex or similar products because it will leave a residue behind that will prevent the sticker from adhering well. 



CAUTION: *prior to cleaning with solvents, test the cleaning solvent on an inconspicuous area of the application surface to check for potential damage from solvent usage.

STEP 2.

Be sure the air, film and substrate are within the temperature range recommended for the film. The recommended application temperature for optimal performance and ease of use is 60-72 degrees Fahrenheit. The surface should be out of direct sunlight, indoors in a well lighted clean environment. 


STEP 3.

Be sure the air, film and substrate are within the temperature range recommended for the film. The recommended application temperature for optimal performance and ease of use is 60-72 degrees Fahrenheit. The surface should be out of direct sunlight, indoors in a well lighted clean environment. 


STEP 4.

Carefully remove the backing paper while applying some tension to the film, so that less creases appear. Position the vinyl and drape the film over the panel. At this point, ensure that the entire panel is covered without any edges of the panel exposed.

When placing vinyl on moderately curved surfaces, carefully reposition the vinyl in order to create tension over the entire surface.


STEP 5.

Hold the decal smooth and taught, away from the application surface with one hand and squeegee horizontally from the center towards the outer edges. Continue squeegeeing, using firm, overlapping strokes from the center, out working away from the starting point. Hold squeegee at a 50-70 degree angle to the surface. The flatter the squeegee the better.

Re-squeegee the entire decal using very firm squeegee pressure, including all edges. Puncture any air bubbles with a straight pin and re-squeegee from the edge of the bubble towards the puncture hole.



CAUTION: *If you notice any creases or crumples after placement, just gently run a heat gun over the affected area to bring the vinyl back to its original form. Also use it to confirm the recessed and irregular shaped areas.

Run your finger down the gap while wearing cotton gloves. This will help cure the adhesive over the edges of the gap and will also help conceal the surface beneath. Continue this process over all seams on the surface.

CAUTION: *It is critical not to overheat the film. This can lead to losing the texture or luster of the film, changing the color or burning holes in the film.



STEP 6.

Great attention must be done to properly seal the area around the wheels because these areas are most exposed to contaminants and abrasion. Heat the edge around the tire and run your finger along the circumference one inch at a time. Once you’ve done one pass over, repeat this process multiple times until the edge in completely covered all the way to the back.

At one point, running your finger over the circumference will cause a lot of tension over the vinyl and will become  difficult to push in. To relieve this tension, cut slits below the area, as shown in the figure.

   

The final product should extend all the way back to the edge of the area above the tire. Heat over this area once more to further cure the glue to create a tighter adhesive bond with the edge.


STEP 7.

Cutting. Cutting requires a new sharp blade or else you will risk tearing the vinyl as appose to slicing it. Also, cutting takes very steady hands and intricacy or else you may run the risk of cutting the surface and damaging it.

Place the tip of the blade over the flat edge of your squeegee. Make sure to have a firm grip on both the blade and the squeegee so that they stay in place. While exposing only 1-2 millimeters of the blade, run this blade/squeegee along the gaps. This ensures that you do not damage the paint, keeps a consistent gap and pushes the vinyl firmly over the edge. 

After running this over the gap, just firmly go over the edges with the squeegee alone to push the vinyl in place. 

FINISHED. Your car is ready!

Here is a install help guide video by Avery:



CAR DECAL REMOVAL

From Glass: Use a razorblade or scraper (metal or plastic) to lift an edge of the vinyl until you can grab it with your fingers and peel off.
From Vehicle Body: Use a plastic razorblade or scraper so you don't scratch your clear coat.

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