Think you may be interested in putting a custom decal on your vehicle? Here’s a guide to installing them! Thank you for the Service team from this Laurel, MS Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM and Nissan dealer for the help provided on this article!
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1) First, give the vehicle a thorough washing. There are special cleaning solutions that you can purchase just for washing cars and trucks. We want you to look into using one of these because it will be easy on the paint of your car or truck.
On your vehicle’s windows, use is opropyl alcohol to remove any oils or other kinds of residue. Here’s how: Saturate a soft cloth with the alcohol then wipe the window down where the decal is to be applied. Do this about 5 or 6 times to make sure all the residue is removed.
2) If the paint surface is more than a few years old, give it a polishing. If you feel comfortable with an electric buffer, consider using one. If you do not have an electric buffer you can polish the car with a soft sponge and car wax. Here’s how: Apply the wax to the sponge and rub it on a small area of the vehicle in a firm circular motion. Allow the wax to dry (this takes just a few minutes.) Use a clean soft cloth to buff this waxed area until no residue remains.
3) Position the decal on the vehicle and secure it temporarily with painters tape. (Note: Do not use a stronger type of tape as it may hurt the paint when taken off.) If the decals are large, consider having someone help you hold them when you position and tape them in place.
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4) Take your decal, lift it up and peel away the top edge’s removable backing. Press the newly exposed adhesive firmly onto the vehicle. Then slowly peel away the rest of this backing in a downward motion and apply it to the vehicle body in a smoothing motion. Just run over all body edges, such as door gaps, window gaps, etc.
5) Trim away the decal from the body edges of the car carefully. This is best done with a razor knife and a steady hand. After trimming, wrap your decal around the body edge.
6) Last step, smooth out the unavoidable bubbles. With a rubber spatula, slowly and steadly press out any bubbles. You can do that by maneuvering them to decal’s edge until the air escapes and the bubble disappears.
Now, once the adhesive on the decal sticks to the car’s surface, you will not be able to move it. A trick is to spray a light coat of water on the body panel so you may float the decal into position. Once your decal is where you want it, mark the location with your painter’s tape, blot the area dry with a clean towel and then apply it. Custom decals can seriously jazz up your vehicle. As has been implied, this is definitely a DIY-level project if you are handy!
Marc Loud is a partner at Park Insurance, for over 30 years of experience who cover a range of specialist sectors including gap insurance.
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