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How to Apply Race Car Wrap

Below you will find instructions on how to apply a race car wrap. We have a number of videos on youtube to view also. The vinyl we use is forgiving but still can be difficult if you are not used to it.

 
    Step 1: Preparing Surface
Surface temperature range for application: 55 degree F to 80 degree F

Surface must be clean and free of dirt, grease, and wax. Spray a little bit of soapy water on a paper towel or rag and clean the surface.

Notes: Newly painted surfaces must be aged at least 36 hours. Pressure sensitive graphics will not adhere to porous surfaces such as concrete, unpainted wood, or wallboard. Painted surfaces must be oil based paint (latex paints may cause adhesion problem).


Tools Needed:
  • Baby Shampoo/Water Mixture
  • 70% Alcohol
  • Clean Towel
  • Squeegee
  • X-acto Knife
  • Masking Tape


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        Step 2: Tape Up
    Roll out and hang your wrap. Apply two small pieces of masking tape to the top edge of your graphic. Apply one piece of tape to the left edge and the other on the right edge. These pieces do not have to be large, it is actually easier to move your graphic around if they are smaller.
     
        Step 3: Placement
    Use a tape measure to make sure your graphic is straight. Your wrap should overhang on all edges. Pick a spot on your graphic that you think should be straight and measure a few locations along that line. If your graphic is not straight release one side of your masking tape at a time and make small movements.
     
        Step 4: Secure Center
    Once you have your graphic placed in the right location, take masking tape and run it along the top edge in the middle. This will hold the center in place so that you can start on one side. Make sure to firmly press down your masking tape so that it will hold.
     
        Step 5: Remove Part of Backing
    Start on one side, pull back roughly 2-3ft of the backing exposing the adhesive. Remove all but 6"-8" of the backing. Fold over about 3" of the backing so that you have something to pull on to remove the rest of the backing when needed. Take your exposed piece and apply it. It is important that you try to divide the wrap up into pieces. So the first squeegee should be down the center to divide the wrap into 2 pieces.
     
        Step 6: Squeegee
    Using a squeegee firmly press down starting in the center of your graphic moving up and down. Be careful to avoid wrinkles or bubbles by squeegeeing with overlapping strokes.
     
        Step 7: Remove Remainder of Backing
    Slowly install the remainder of the wrap pulling of the backing as you go. Keep in mind that you should be dividing up the wrap into smaller pieces by squeegeeing the middle first. This material will allow you to pull it up multiple times.
     
        Step 8: Trim Edges
    Trim away excess vinyl from all edges.
     
        Step 9: Remove Bubbles
    If you have bubbles they may work out by rubbing on the vinyl, if not then take an x-acto knife to pop them and force the air out. After 3-4 weeks all small bubbles will go away.
     


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