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Old 04-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Question Tips for applying decals???

So i got some new letters for my jeep and am looking for some tips on applying them. I cleaned the surface area with alcohol and a towel so that it was clean. After applying the jeep letters i had some bubbles come up and i couldn't get them out using a credit card. the next day some of them had worked themselves out but a few were still visible. Not really a big thing and you can't see them unless your right in front of them but its the principle of the thing. I've got a couple more to do and really don't want the bubbles. Any suggestions???

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Start from the center of the sticker and work your way out slowly with a credit card or similar object one thing you can do to try and expunge bubbles after they exist is to use a blow dryer.. don't get too close, warm the sticker up as you push the bubbles out...

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Start from the center of the sticker and work your way out slowly with a credit card or similar object one thing you can do to try and expunge bubbles after they exist is to use a blow dryer.. don't get too close, warm the sticker up as you push the bubbles out...
Thanks cricket. Using the blow dryer is a good idea. i should have thought of that. Will try that this afternoon if its not raining.
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A spray bottle with water works good. Clean the area like you did then spray a mist of water where the sticker goes. Apply the sticker starting from one end, use a credit card to get the air and water out. The water keeps the sticker floating while you squeegee the air bubbles out. After all the water is out, the sticker stays on with no bubbles.
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A spray bottle with water works good. Clean the area like you did then spray a mist of water where the sticker goes. Apply the sticker starting from one end, use a credit card to get the air and water out. The water keeps the sticker floating while you squeegee the air bubbles out. After all the water is out, the sticker stays on with no bubbles.
I prefer that method, I put a very small amount of dish soap in the water. I've found that if I apply smaller decals that way, I have to wait a while after squeegeeing the water out before I can remove the paper. Other than that, it's an excellent method.
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That's how it is done in the sign business. The water also lets you make corrections in placement.

If you have small bubbles when done, simply poke them with a straight pin to release the air.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:07 AM   #7
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Spraying the area with soap and water and leaving it wet while you apply the sticker allows you to push the bubbles out before the sticker completely adheres itself to the surface. I always tape the sticker down when I have it in the right spot by putting small pieces of tape all around the perimeter. Then when you have it where you want it, take the tape off of one half, peel the backing and tear it at the center, leaving the other side taped down. Then when you go to apply the other half, the decal is still exactly where you want it.

To get the current bubbles out, just take a razor blade and make a small incision into the center of the bubble and press down. The sun will eventually smooth it out.
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Our decalers at work (Sea-Doo sportboat factory) use Easy-ON. If you're just doing small work, spray bottle with a little baby shampoo or other liquid soap in it works well as mentioned.
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Sorry guys I am a noob at applying decals.

I bought distressed black "Sport Wrangler" decals to replace the stock grey ones on my Commando Green 2dr as well as larger "Wrangler" ones for each side of the hood. Other than taking off the old decals using goo gone and a heat gun, then cleaning the area with soap/water before applying...what do i do? What are the steps for applying them from the paper onto the vehicle...Again sorry for the noob/bump post but I just want to make sure I do it correctly!
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Sorry guys I am a noob at applying decals.

I bought distressed black "Sport Wrangler" decals to replace the stock grey ones on my Commando Green 2dr as well as larger "Wrangler" ones for each side of the hood. Other than taking off the old decals using goo gone and a heat gun, then cleaning the area with soap/water before applying...what do i do? What are the steps for applying them from the paper onto the vehicle...Again sorry for the noob/bump post but I just want to make sure I do it correctly!

It's pretty simple: (video). And use the above mentioned techniques if you run into bubbles. (I prefer the straight-pin approach myself, after using a credit card)
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Warm soapy water and use a plastic sticker squeegee. I wouldnt advise using a heat gun on stickers it will make bubbles even worse. Start from the center and push out.

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