Stripe Fitting Instructions
• Vinyl fitting should be carried out in clement weather conditions, preferably under shelter, do not try to apply the stripe to a cold surface, do not apply in under 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.
• Scissors or scalpel with new blade • Measuring tape / Metal rule
• Spray bottle with water • Paper towel
• Masking tape
1. Unpack your order carefully. Do not discard packaging before checking you have removed all your items.
2. Thoroughly clean the area where the stripes will be applied. An Isopropyl Alcohol based cleaner is recommended. (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.
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 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 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.
* Remove old vinyl stripes by warming with a hairdryer and peeling off. Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended to remove any sticky residue. Stubborn marks can be removed using T-Cut or similar.