Automotive Installation…

How do I install this thing?

It may seem daunting if you’ve never installed a decal in the past, but rest assured it’s not hard to install your own vehicle graphic!  Proper preparation of the surface and taking the appropriate precautions and speed during installation, will result in a fantastic decor piece!

There are two options when installing your Skribblz…you can opt for a wet or dry installation.  They mean exactly what they say:  Dry meaning no additional substance is applied, and wet indicating the use of application fluid. Each have obvious advantages and disadvantages depending on the application.  Warmer weather will always result in a better and FASTER application, however while you will have better adhesion, you will also have to work much more quickly with your decal.  Conversely, colder weather slows the adhesion process and will result in more air pockets.  In cold weather, a dry application is best, using the heat from your hand and potentially a heat gun to warm both the graphic and the surface.  Heat guns must be used carefully and kept moving at a safe distance so as to not harm your body paint.  In warmer weather, it is better to use an application fluid, which can simply be a small drop of dish detergent diluted in a litre of water.  A spray of this fluid on the body surface prior to application, will slow adhesion time and allow for more time to move or adjust the decal.  You may need to squeegee the decal more at the end, in order to remove all of this fluid, or even heat with a heat gun to get rid of all moisture prior to removal of the mask, however each technique will result in a beautiful graphic application.

PLEASE NOTE:  Most small air pockets that occur during installation will naturally disappear with heat from the sun.  This may take some time, however within two or three weeks, they should be gone.  If not, you can puncture the air pocket with a pin, and gently push the air out with your thumb.

Depending on size, you may have received your decal in a rolled up tube or cylinder.  If so, remove from the cylinder and lay the graphic on a flat surface, to allow to relax or flatten.

Thoroughly clean the surface of your vehicle to remove any residue or chemicals. Dry it thoroughly.  Please note that excess wax will negatively effect adhesion, so if your car or boat is freshly waxed, please clean accordingly.

You will notice that the artwork has 3 layers:  A rigid paper backing with a glossy finish against the sticky backing of the graphic, a translucent transfer tape through which you can see the graphic, and the graphic itself.

Determine if your graphic needs to be aligned horizontally or vertically and take the required measurements.

Place the Skribblz face down on a hard surface and rub the paper backing, then carefully peel the backing paper away at a 45 degree angle to expose the adhesive backing.  Keep the backing paper close to the graphic image so as not to lift the image from the transfer tape.  If parts of the backing stick to the image, continue and peel these remaining bits away at the end.  If the image resists sticking to the transfer paper where you begin peeling, replace the backing, firmly smooth it into place and start peeling at a different section.

Holding the transfer paper tape, position the masked image on the vehicle using your pre-determined marks as guidance.  Hold the item close to the vehicle at either end, then press in the middle and smooth out.  If you have a large graphic, you will want assistance to hold the artwork tight from either end.

 

Once you have the decal positioned,  smooth the decal onto the vehicle from the center out and burnish the image with your palm (rub vigorously).  The heat from your hand will assist in the graphic quickly adhering to the wall and releasing from the transfer tape.

Slowly peel away the transfer paper at a 45 degree angle, keeping the paper flush with the wall to avoid the graphic lifting from the surface.  Should any

Voila!  Your custom decal is ready!


Multi – Layer Installation

Installing multiple layers results in a more sophisticated decal, often appropriate for nautical vessels and commercial vehicles.  This application will start with the base layer, completing all steps for that layer and then proceeding to the next layer.  Layers will be provided with a clear mask so alignment is easier, however this mask requires a spritz with application fluid before removal of the mask and often a heat gun is required to fully loosen the mask.  While some bubbling may be more apparent with multi-layer applications, these issues will resolve themselves in the sunlight.

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