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DESIGN STUFF ONLINE > APPLICATION GUIDES > HOW TO APPLY CAR DECALS
 

How to Apply Car Decals

You will need to Apply Decals

Step 1. You will need...

A water spray, ruler/measuring tape, masking tape, squeegee (a credit card with a piece of cloth wrapped around makes a good substitute), a cloth and a sharp knife.

Remove the decals from the postal tube and allow them to 'un curl'.

Clean surface thoroughly

Step 2. Thoroughly Clean Surface

Thoroughly clean the surface of the car, removing any wax, grime and grease.

Hold in place with masking tape

Step 3. Hold in place with masking tape

Align the decal and hold in place with masking tape.

Remove back half and spray with water

Step 4. Remove back half and spray with water

Remove half of the backing paper and spray a generous amount of water onto the sticker and the surface of the car.

Be careful not to get the backing paper wet.

* Spraying with water is not necessary, but can help disperse any air bubbles.

Smooth down with squeegee

Step 5. Smooth down with squeegee

Using firm pressure, smooth the decal down with a squeegee, squeezing as much water out from behind the decal as possible.

Repeat for remaing half

Step 6. Repeat for remaining half

Repeat the above process for the remaining half of the decal.

Peel away applicator tape slowly

Step 7. Peel away applicator tape slowly

Squeeze as much water out as you can from behind the decals, then allow the remainder to dry.

Peel back the applicator tape slowly, at a tight angle (i.e. NOT pulling away from the surface), ensuring the decals remain stuck in place.

Slice along panel gaps

Step 8. Slice along panel gaps

Using a sharp knive, slice the decal along the panel gaps.

Tuck in excess

Step 9. Tuck in excess

Tuck in the excess vinyl, wrapping it around the panels.

 

Finished Boxster Spyder Decals

Step 10. Stand back and admire!

Stand back and admire your handy work. If any air/water bubble remain, these can be lanced with a needle.

 

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