- Before affixing the Magnet to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats and waxes are cured or hardened. Approximate curing times are: paint – 90 days, clear coat – 60 days, wax – 2 days.
- Prior to application, clean the metallic surface and the Magnet with a mild detergent. Wipe with a soft cloth and allow to dry. Follow the recommendations on the detergent and those of the car manufacturer.
- The Magnet should be at room temperature when applying.
- Take care when handling the Magnet in extremely cold conditions, as it can become brittle.
- Determine the location to place the Magnet
- Ensure surface is metallic and smooth, flat or only slightly curved.
- Don’t apply the Magnet on an area that isn’t steel or metal or that has extensive non-metallic fillers. Aluminium, wood or fiberglass will not function as a surface.
- Affix the Magnet onto the surface.
- Make sure the entire Magnet is flat against the metal surface. Do not place over protrusions (moulding, decals, pin striping, etc.) or concave areas.
- Ensure there are no air pockets or moisture between the Magnet and the vehicle surface and that corners and edges are smooth and flush with the surface.
- Curvature on the edges of the Product may result in the Magnet falling off.
- To adjust the location of the Magnet after placement, remove completely and reposition by lifting from the sides to remove; do not remove from the corners. Please note that sliding the Product into position may cause stretching and/or scratching.
- Maintenance and storage
- Remove the Magnet carefully for cleaning at least weekly, though some climates or conditions may require daily cleaning. Lift the magnet carefully on the sides, do not pull the magnet off by the corners first. Do not remove the magnet with any sharp objects or fingernails. Make sure the magnet and the corners or edges do not get buckled or folded when removing.
- Clean both the Magnet and the metal surface with a mild detergent and wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air dry.
- Store Magnets flat in a clean, dry place when not in use.
- Don’t place other objects on top of a stored Magnet. Don’t store with magnetic surfaces facing each other when multiple magnets are stored together.
Failure to review and abide by these warnings could result in damage to the Magnet or your vehicle and could increase the likelihood that the Magnet will not adhere properly and may fall off during use.
- Never use a Magnet if it contains any bubbles, wrinkles, bent corners and/or edges or is otherwise damaged.
- Never exceed the speed limit or any recommended maximum speed.
- Don’t place the Magnet over protrusions, fixtures or concave areas, such as: moulding, lights, reflectors, decals, pin stripes, air intakes, wells and spoilers.
- Never apply the product to horizontal metal surfaces (such as car roofs) and take care not to place it in direct or constant sunlight or extreme heat.
- Don’t layer one Magnet on top of another when applied to vehicles.
- Long-term outdoor usage of magnets on painted surfaces may result in fading, due to shielding the underlying color from ultraviolet rays.
- The Magnet is not for use under water or on aircraft.
Notes About Static Cling Installation
- Static clings can be applied to dry or wet surfaces.
- Medium- to large-sized static clings should be applied wet and with the backing still attached.
- Small static clings (<12”) may be applied on dry, clean surfaces.
Two people, MASKING tape (scotch tape may damage material), squeegee, glass cleaner, and paper towels.
Using glass cleaner, clean windows thoroughly and allow to dry. Read installation instructions carefully. Best installed when outside temperatures are over 65˚F with low humidity.
Use the tape measure to find the center point at which to place your Static Cling.
Use the tape measure to find the center point at which to place your Static Cling.
Leaving the protective backing on, tape the top of the Static Cling to the window, with the graphics facing you.
Have your partner lift the Static Cling while you remove a portion of the protective backing, starting from the top and pulling downward about 6″. Make sure it stays taped to the window.
While your partner continues to lift the Static Cling away from the window, spray the surface of the window liberally with water.
Have your partner lay the exposed portion of Static Cling down onto the window. Continue peeling away 6″ sections of the backing at a time as you squeegee from top to bottom. Once the graphic is fully-applied, squeegee from the center toward the outer edges to remove air bubbles.
Tip: Cover the squeegee with a paper towel or soft cloth to prevent it from scratching the material.
Remove the masking tape and squeegee the top of the Static Cling. Finish by wiping down the edges of the cling with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
You’re done! Once the installation is complete, your Static Cling is ready to grab attention and promote your business.
Perfecting Your Static Cling:
Static window clings are easy to remove and reposition if you are not happy with the installation. Gently remove and reposition your cling as desired, making sure the material never touches itself.
If you would like to reuse your Static Cling, we recommend storing the paper backing and packaging for safe storage.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
All products are designed for installation on the outside of the vehicle. Required Items include an installation squeegee, masking tape, glass cleaner, dry paper towels, measuring tape or ruler.- Do not apply any vinyl graphics in direct sunlight. Make sure it is between 60 degrees and 80 degrees F Do not store unapplied graphics in direct sunlight – and flat – damage may occur.
SURFACE PREPARATION: (SEE STEP 3)
All dirt, grease and wax must be removed from the car surface before the decal is applied. This includes wax from mechanical car washes, rain-x, compound, etc. Failure to take this step may result in the decal not sticking to the vehicle surface. New vehicles could have silicone on the paint from the Dealer. This must be removed with a denatured alcohol or similar product before installation.
DRY APPLICATION vs WET APPLICATION:
We suggest installing all graphics using the dry application method. Installing it dry will ensure that the decal stays adhered to the vehicle surface; while wet application may cause the decal to not adhere to the vehicle surface. If installing it wet, NEVER use soapy water.
Remove decals from packaging. Lay decals flat on a smooth table in an area that is at least 60° F and below 80° F.
Inspect decals for damage during shipment. We double-check all orders are checked prior to shipment for damage. Any damage incurred during shipping must be reported to us within 48 hours.
GO OVER THE DECAL WITH THE SQUEEGEE
To ensure that the decal is properly stuck to the transfer tape covering before installing the decal, take the squeegee application tool and press firmly over the whole surface of the face of the decal while it is still laying flat on the table.
Most of our products have a vinyl border on both sides of the graphic. This helps keep the transfer tape on the graphic prior to installation. This border can be removed prior to installation of the decal, or after the decal has been applied.
PREPARE THE SURFACE / NEW CARS / THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!
The most important step during decal installation is making sure the installation area is clean and dry. Make sure there is NO WAX, RAIN-X, COMPOUND, lint, dust, or other residue on the surface. Remove all wax, compound residue, car wash protect ant, etc with PREP-SOL, Denatured Alcohol, 409, Fantastic, etc. After cleaning the surface, go over the surface with regular glass cleaner. Wipe it dry.
*****Waxes, oils, and polish must be removed from the vehicle surface to insure that the decal will stick properly Make sure the area is at least 60° F and no hotter than 80° F.
PLACE THE DECAL
Temporarily place the decal in the desired location with two small pieces of masking tape (one on each upper corner of the decal) holding the decal to the vehicle surface. With a tape measure or yard stick, align the decal with the window or body section.
Once the decal is aligned to the vehicle, stand back and look at the decal. it should be level with respect to the ground. Adjust as necessary.
SECURE THE DECAL
Apply a long piece of masking tape along the top of the decal with approx half of the tape on the decal and half on the vehicle surface. This will make a large hinged ‘flap’
The hinged flap will make installation much easier. For long thin designs, you can cut the decal in half (up and down between the lettering) once it has been taped to create two flaps for even easier installation.
OPTIONAL-DIVIDE UP THE DECAL
To make installation easier for large or long decals, you can create several smaller flags out of the one large flap by cutting vertically up the decal as shown in Figure C. Using a pair of scissors or a razor blade, but be sure not to cut into the actual vinyl portion of the graphic. Once this is accomplished, you will have individual flaps instead of one whole surface to install.
This option is only possible for decals that have space between letters. (Such as windshield decals that do not have connected script letters)
START REMOVING BACKING PAPER
Raising the large hinged ‘flap’, and begin to peel the wax paper backing off the decal (exposing the sticky side for the decal). Be sure to only expose half of the decal. DO NOT ALLOW THE STICKY PART OF THE DECAL TO TOUCH THE VEHICLE SURFACE.
BEGIN DECAL APPLICATION
With the wax paper backing peeled half way downward, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the vehicle surface with the Free application tool enclosed. Be sure to use even strokes horizontally across the decal. ONLY APPLY THE FIRST HALF OF THE DECAL.
The application squeegee should have a sharp even edge. The tool should be angled 45 degrees away from the center of the decal. This will keep bubbles from forming between the decal and the vehicle surface.
Continue smoothing out the decal with long horizontal strokes, starting at the top and working towards the bottom. Continue to remove the backing paper as needed.
Only remove the wax paper backing as needed. The sticky side of the decal should be covered until installation. This will keep it from getting dirty and sticking to the vehicle surface prematurely.
SQUEEGEE AND BEGIN TAPE REMOVAL
Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the vehicle, go over the decal with the application squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Then begin peeling the transfer tape covering the decal.
The transfer tape covering is made of paper with a sticky backing. This must be removed after the decal is installed. The vehicle surface must be proper temperature for this tape to be removed easily.
Finish removing the transfer tape covering, peeling from one side to the other. Any small bubbles can be removed using a small razor blade. Take the razor blade and poke a small hole in the vinyl at the source of the bubble. Then with the squeegee, push the remaining air out of the bubble.
Most bubbles will dissipate within 3 weeks of installation due to sunlight.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your new vinyl decal is now installed! To keep it looking new, simply wash it whenever you wash the vehicle. Keeping your decal clean will extend the life of the material and its brilliance. You can apply wax or RainEx over the decal once it is applied. your new decal will give you years of great looks. If you are in cold climate be careful when using an ice scraper on any surface where decals are applied.
All of our products are custom made to order. There are no refunds, no exchanges and no returns on any of our products. If you destroy the decal during installation, we may offer you a replacement at a reduced cost. In order to qualify for a lower cost replacement, you must send us the damaged decal. Management reserves the right to modify this policy.
NOTE: The distances will vary approximately 10% with various color combinations. Maximum distance is in color with RED or BLACK on a WHITE background. 5,280′ equals one (1) mile.
Prepared by the California Institute of Technology