Simple Installation

  1. Carefully remove paper back.
  2. Starting at one end carefully press decal in to desired position, work out air pockets.
  3. Carefully remove clear covering being careful not to tear the decal.

That simple to install.

 

General instructions

  1. Clean the area where you will apply this decal
  2. Measure to put on the right place, use tape to hold the top and make sure is ok.
  3. Peel the back
  4. Stick the decal even from side to side or top to bottom. do it even to avoid bubbles.
  5. REMOVE transfer tape.
 

SURFACE PREPARATIONS

All surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned of wax, dirt and any old adhesive residue before applying your vinyl graphics to ensure proper adhesion, otherwise peeling or lifting may occur.

Please read the instructions below for specific material cleaning procedures.

Fiberglass Boats: Clean surface with acetone or our prefered cleaner -3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover (which comes in an aerosol spray can). After solvent has evaporated wipe down area with soapy water (a few drops of hand dishwashing liquid mixed with water in a spray bottle).

Plastics and Glass: Wipe surface clean with a window cleaner. Remove any tape or glue residue with a single edge razor blade or plastic scraper.

Painted Metals and Base Metals: Clean surfaces with a solvent such as Lacquer Thinner. Dry the surface with a lint free cloth before the solvent evaporates and re-clean with a soapy water solution before applying graphic.

Freshly painted surfaces should be dry for at least 72 hours prior to application of the vinyl graphics. Interior Painted Surfaces: Surfaces may be cleaned with any household cleaner or mild soap and water.

Temperature Requirements: The temperature of the room and the temperature of the intended surface should be between 45 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. Very high humidity (above 90 percent) may effect the application process.

 

APPLICATION

Note: Decals 3” high and smaller may be applied “dry” (without soapy water). Position like you would a bumper sticker and squeegee down. You will have only one chance to position the graphic correctly once it touches the surface. Use “dry” application at your own risk. 

  1. You will need masking tape, spray bottle, Joy or dish washing liquid, and a tape measure.

  2. Using the masking tape to underline where you want to place the vinyl sign. If you have letters that drop below the line, remove tape in that area.

  3. With you spray bottle, mix a solution of 20 drops of Joy, Ivory, etc in one pint of water. Carefully spray the soapy water on the area where you want to place the vinyl.

  4. Place the Graphics face down and peel away the waxed paper backing. Then spray the solution on the back of the vinyl sign. Be sure the Graphics is adhering to the application tape (premask).

  5. While the area is still very wet, place the Graphics in the selected position. The soapy water allows you to slide Graphics into place. Gently rub palm over Graphics. (The water has no bearing on the adhesion; it is only for positioning the Graphics and removing the air bubbles.)

  6. Use the an squeegee ( credit card )to squeeze the water out from under the Graphics. Squeegee in all directions and repeat several times. This process removes air & water from under the Graphics.

  7. Let the Graphics dry completely. The amount of time needed to dry depends on the temperature and the humidity. Estimated time: 80 degrees - 30 minutes, 70 degrees - 3 hours, 50 degrees - 4 to 6 hours. These are recommendations ONLY….the Graphics MUST dry prior to the next step. 60 - 70 - 80 degrees are recommended temperatures for post installation.

  8. Slowly peel back the pre-mask translucent application tape; the Graphics will adhere to the boat. If the Graphics don't adhere to the boat, you didn't wait long enough for the water to dry behind the Graphics; repeat squeegee process. LET DRY.

    NOTE: If the decal is not sticking to the surface, repeat step number 6.

  9. Now check for any bubbles. If you find any, place a small piece of pre-mask tape over the area; squeeze to the closest edge. If you still have a small bubble you can pop it with a pin. Small bubbles will eventually disappear from the sun over time.

  10. After the graphic is applied, take a photo, send it to your family, friends and do not forget to email us a copy.

FINAL NOTE: Do not power wash for at least one week, as the adhesion process will still be curing. Never allow power buffing over decal.

 

HELPFUL HINTS

On a windy day, be very careful when you peel the vinyl graphics off the backing paper. The Vinyl graphics are very sticky; don't let it crease. Spray graphics over the sticky side as you peel off wax paper. Do not try to install on a windy day. Do not attempt installation in direct sunlight on a hot day (do it in the shadow or a closed area) If you need to remove old painted letters, use Easy-Off oven cleaner. Please test in an inconspicuous area before using. Please wear gloves and eye protection. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. NEVER APPLY DIRECT HEAT (E.G. BUFFING WHEEL, HEAT GUN, BLOW DRYER)


REMOVING OLD DECALS

Read labels and follow precautions on any chemical container before opening.

Using a razor blade holder/scraper at a 20-30 degree angle, carefully lift a corner or edge of the letter just enough to get a firm finger grip and pull the piece gently away from the transom / hull. If you can pull a couple of square inches or more away before the it breaks, repeat this process until completely removed. With any luck, most of the adhesive will pull away with the vinyl graphic layer.

If the vinyl boat graphic is very old, it will break off instantly when you grip and pull so you may need to scrape off the entire name. At an sharp angle, carefully pierce the corner of the blade in between the edge of the old boat letter and the boat hull without digging into the boat paint or gel coat. Use a sliding motion with the corner of the blade to slice or "unzip" the vinyl away from the boat, separating 1/4"-1/8" of material per stroke. Patiently, repeat this motion until the vinyl layer is completely removed. Caution: The blade could snap unexpectedly so wear hand and eye protection. Older boat graphics will also need the adhesive removed from the transom / hull.

Using Goof-Off, Goo Gone, 3M or any other adhesive remover and a rag, dab a small area of the remaining adhesive from the old boat name with the adhesive remover and scrape immediately with the razor/scraper. It may get a bit messy but repeat dabbing-scraping-wiping, dabb-scrape-wipe until all the adhesive is removed. Clean area with water or alcohol. You are now ready to apply your new decal.  

Important information

For digitaly printed decals (Indian head decals, U.S. Flag decals and others)

To make these decals resistant to wax, acetone, cleaning fluids, scratch or any wear in the time, they needs to be clear coated. after you apply a clear coat them they will look shiny and smooth, also they will last longer (about 7-10 years)

While installing, heat will be need to be applied over some curved areas.

Install on areas with one background colors ,this decals are thin and if there are 2 different shades, you may see the difference underneath (Indian head tank decals).

Please ask to a body shop professional to clear coat these decals.
If you are not an expert and you just want to try to clear coat them, assume the risk.

We are not responsible for inappropriate installation or use.

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