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Old 05-19-2010, 06:14 PM
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Erik Steinbring
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What is the secret? I have some clear decals I want to put on my hull. Everytime I try and apply them I get air pockets and finger prints and they look like garbage. I know there has to be a trick. Any advice would be appreciated.

Old 05-19-2010, 09:04 PM
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First thing is Wear Latex Gloves, that will help with prints(if ya keep them clean). Clean the area to be covered thoroughly with a cleaning solvent, for stickers and general cleaning I use regular rubbing alcohol it's cheap at CVS,, lol,, mix a light soapy water mix and mist the area to be covered in a spray bottle preferably, try to lay the sticker down center first and roll it out from there, take a Good Flexible Squeegee or Bondo Spreader, try to lightly hold the sticker in place with a finger or two and work out the water and air from the center out with the squeegee.
Old 05-19-2010, 11:25 PM
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An alternative to the soapy water is windshield wiper fluid or any type of cleaner like Windex. Keep it wet even if you have to keep putting it on. I told me brother-in-law about the wiper fluid trick as he was having problems putting large decals on store windows (he and my sister own a laser cutting business) and it worked great for him.
Old 05-20-2010, 09:58 AM
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And any little bubbles that can't be chased to the edge, ***** with a pin a rub again, air comes out, bubble vanishes.

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