Wide Hood Stripe Installation
It is best to apply stripes on a warmer day or in a garage with heat. In excessive heat, the stripes will dry too fast. If it is colder, give the material more time to adhere. For this graphic, if it is colder out, you can start the car to warm the hood and ease installation.
Prep for stripe installation –Use masking tape to mark off the center of the hood as a guide for stripes. Make sure you carefully set the tape, as this is your guide for stripe installation. **TIP – You do not need to tape the entire length of the hood, just the front edge of the hood.
Raise the hood. Under the heat shield you will find the nozzle clips – squeeze them and pop them up. Remove them from the nozzle tubes by twisting them.
DECAL KIT INSTALLATION – wash car with a sponge to remove all dirt.
To make Solution: Mix in a spray bottle 20 ounces of water, 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1/2 teaspoon of rubbing Alcohol. If stripes are adhering too slowly and/or it is colder out, increase the amount of alcohol.
After peeling away the wax backing, spray both the surface of the vehicle and the back of the stripe with solution. Slide the decal into position and squeegee out bubbles.
Position the stripes so that the nozzle cutouts are directly lined up on the nozzle holes in the hood. Line stripes up so that the space is even from front to back, keeping the nozzle cutouts aligned.
Let the stripes dry completely. If you peel the transfer tape off too early, you may end up with bubbles in the stripe. Once stripes have adhered, and are completely dried, wet the transfer tape and let it soak until the transfer tape loses adhesion and remove. When it it wet through, it will peel right off with little effort. If it is not coming off easily, it is not yet ready; wet it again. Squeegee any bubbles out that you can, but do not force them too hard or you may deform the stripe.
After transfer tape is removed, use you fingers to curl the overhang at the back of the hood under the hood. If SMALL bubbles appear after stripes have dried, they will lay down on their own after short exposure to the sun. If they do not lay down after a couple of days, use a fine needle and prick the bubble to release moisture. ***Do not use a car wash that has spinning brushes or cloth, as these can damage stripes. Either hand wash or use a brushless car wash. When waxing, be sure to rub wax in the same direction as stripes, not across seams.
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