Vinyl graphics should always be applied at 60-85° Fahrenheit (16-29° Celsius), out of direct sunlight. Clean the surface of the vehicle with a mild detergent or Windex, and remove any dirt, oil, or wax. Dry completely with a lint free cloth.
If you are applying a large graphic for the first time, you will want to recruit a second pair of hands to help you. Or, if you prefer, you may take your graphic to any local sign shop and have them apply it for you.The following steps demonstrate how to apply an image, a stripe, and a name. You may be doing one, two, or all three to your vehicle.
Applying An Image
Lift the left half of the graphic and peel from the paper backing.
With a scissors, cut off the paper you peeled back.
Lift the right half of the graphic and hold away from the vehicle. Then from the center, again peel away the paper backing.
Starting at the middle of the graphic, squeegee the graphic onto the vehicle. Work your way from the middle of the graphic to the outer edge, using firm strokes up and down.
Starting at the corner remove the mask, pulling gently down and back.
If the graphic wants to come up with the mask, lay it back down, rub firmly over area and proceed with mask removal.