Installing Car Decals

Posted on 15th July 2009 in Tips and Tricks

If you are looking to change the appearance of your vehicle installing car decals is an inexpensive way of doing so. Its even cheaper if you are able to install them your self. If you are up for the challenge here are some simple steps that will help accomplish installing the car graphics yourself.

Before you begin here are a list of a few items and tools you will need before you start installing car decals:

Car Decals
Measuring Tape
Masking Tape
Clean Soft Cloth
Exacto Knife
Plastic Squeegee


Installing Car Decals Will Transform Your Ride


Step #1

Do your research online and find the car decal that will best suit your vehicle and your personal taste. Once you pick out your graphics you will need to measure the area on your vehicle where you will be installing the graphics. Make sure you take your time and measure exactly and you will be glad you did. Next order your car decals online or find a local graphic sign shop in your town.

Once you have in your possession the proper sized car  graphics you are ready to begin. So get out side and wash that vehicle until it is spotless. The cleaner your car is the better the graphics will stick. Once your car is completely dry wipe the area, that the  car decals will be installed on, with your soft cloth.

You are now ready to start installing car decals. Place the graphic into the desired position. If  the car graphics that you are installing are real long ask a friend to help you. Next stick the decal in place with a small piece of your masking tape, this will allow you to be able to adjust the graphic until it is properly centered. Now run your masking tape across the top edge of the graphic. This will keep things aligned when you adhere the graphics to the vehicles surface.

You will notice that your car decal has transfer tape on the top and bottom side. Start with the top edge and begin peeling of the bottom sided transfer tape smoothing out the decal as you work your way down. Use your plastic squeegee to help you work the bubbles and wrinkles out. Work your way down until you have completely removed the bottom side transfer tape.

If your car graphic has expanded over any door openings you can take your exacto knife and gently cut the graphic where the gap for the opening is. Now take your squeegee and gently press the graphic into the gap so it will adhere all the way to the edge. Next begin rubbing a soft cloth over the graphic to ensure that there are no air bubbles.

Now that the decal is adhered in placed remove the masking tape and the top layer transfer tape. Go slow with this step to make sure you do not lift the decal or this will cause wrinkles. Now breathe a sigh of relief and step back and take a look at your transformed car! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Make sure you do not wash your car for the next few days and always had wash. This will prolong the life of you car decals. Hope you found this information to be valuable. Enjoy installing car decals and your new ride.