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Old 02-28-2003, 06:31 PM
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I ordered a set of graphics and I've never put any on....Can someone that has done it before tell me how to do it? Do you just peel and stick or can you wet the covering before you put them on to help get the airbubbles out and just in case you have to move them a little........any help would be greatly appreciated or if you know where it might be listed .thanks, Roughlander
Old 02-28-2003, 10:38 PM
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put a little soapy water on the surface where you'll be applying the decals. Then put your decals on, and with a straight edge, work the water out of the sides. Wipe water clean, and let the glue redry on the decals and your straight.
Old 03-01-2003, 01:51 AM
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First clean the surface of the model, clean, clean, clean.

A spray bottle works best for wetting things, you don't need much soap, 5-6 drops in a spray bottle is plenty, it is just a wetting agent.

With the graphics on a clean flat surface use something like a plastic spreader you get at an auto supply place for putting on bondo and make sure the transfer tape is stuck well to the graphics, that is the tape that looks like masking tape. When you are ready peal the backing from the graphics, be careful as the graphics may tend to want to go with the backing and not stay on the transfer tape. If a part has a real problem redo the pressing with the squeege to stick the transfer tape to the graphic. If you must touch the adhesive side of a graphic wet your fingers and the graphic with the soap solution. Once you get the backing off lightly spray the adhesive side of the graphic and the model surface then place it on the model in the correct position. Position it now before doing anything else as once you start to squeege the water out it will become stuck where it is at.

Once it is where you want it, start in the center of the graphic and work out toward the edges with the plastic squeege gently getting the air and water out from under the graphic and the transfer tape. Once you are satisified that you have gotten all of the airbubbles out wet the transfer tape down with the soap solution and keep it wet, this will cause the adheasive on the tape to let go of the graphic, go slow here as it takes some time, maybe an hour or more before you can easly take off the transfer tape without lifting the graphic from the model, of course it sticks really well now that you want it off!

Once it is off use the squeege to work out any airbubbles in the graphics that you didn't get the first time around and use it to seal down all of the artwork.

Now the hard part, leave it alone for about 24 hours so all of the moisture under the graphics can evaporate! If you have any airbubbles under the graphic at this time puncture them with a sharp new pin and work the air out using the squeege.

Use care when cleaning the model if the graphics come to sharp points, these will catch and lift if you clean from the point of the graphic towards the body of the graphic, so make it a habit to wipe towards any sharp points.

It sounds like a PIA but really they go on easy and look great and last a long time.

Oh BTW, if any dust or crud is under them it will look like a mountain, so clean clean clean, don't ask me how I know!

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Thanks for the information guys....I needed that...
Thanks for taking the time to respond and helping me out!!!!!!!!!
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windex also works great, and dont be afraid to get them really wet.
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:10 PM
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i just use water in a spray bottle no soap this way it dries faster and dont use to much water either just mist.

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