How to Apply Decals

January 14th, 2018 by

Car Wash

Want to jazz up your car or even for advertise your business?  Consider getting some custom decals and put them on your car or truck.  Think you might be interested?  Here’s a guide to doing it.

  • Wash the outside of your car thoroughly.  Make sure to do it when its cool so the soap residue doesn’t dry on your car’s paint surface.  Note: there are special cleaning solutions that you can buy just for washing cars and trucks.  On your windows, use isopropyl alcohol to remove any oils.  You can do this by saturating a cloth with the alcohol then wipe down the window.
  • Applying the decal to a painted surface? You might want to consider a quick polishing. If you don’t have an electric buffer you can polish the car via elbow grease with good car wax wax and a soft sponge. Apply the wax to the sponge and rub it on a small area of the car in circular motions. Allow the wax to dry which takes just a few minutes then use a soft cloth to buff the car until no wax residue remains. The paint should shine nicely.
  • Position the decals on the car and secure temporarily with “painters tape.” (Do not use a stronger variety of tape as it may hurt the paint when removed.) If the decals are large, consider having someone help you hold them.
  • Take the decals, lift up them up and peel away the top edge of the backing. Press the exposed adhesive firmly onto the car. Be sure and verify that you have the decal positioned properly then slowly peel away the rest of the backing in a downward motion, smoothing it out with your hand. Just run over any body edges and gaps.
  • Trim the decal away from the body edges of the car very carefully with a razor knife.
  • You can smooth any bubbles that appear under the decal with a rubber spatula or a similar device.  Slowly and smoothly press out the bubbles, maneuvering them to the edge of the decal until the air escapes.

A Trick:  Once the adhesive on the decal sticks to the car surface, you won’t be able to move it easily. A trick the pros use is to apply a thin layer of water so you can float your decal into position. Once your decal is where you desire, mark the location with the painter’s tape,  blot the area dry with a clean towel and then apply it.

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