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How To Install & Apply Car Vinyl Graphics

Adding a vinyl graphics kit to your car is fairly simple and an inexpensive mod that will make a dramatic change to how your car looks. Car decals consist of three layers. The first or top layer of the decal is the piece that holds the entire application together until it is installed on a car. 

The middle layer is the actual decal that adheres to the car and the bottom layer is the wax backing that preserves the adhesive. You can navigate this site if you are looking for an auto vinyl wrap in Thousand Oaks.

Items You Will Need:

  • Vinyl Graphics

  • Store-Bought Application Fluid or Spray Bottle With Soap Water

  • (Mix 1 teaspoon of mild soap with 1 gallon of water)

  • Paper Towel Roll

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Step By Step DIY Instructions:

1. Completely clean the outside of your car or the decal application area to remove any grease or dust particles that may prevent the decal from sticking to the surface. Make sure when you dry the car that you use a lint-free cloth.

Never use harsh ammonia-based cleaning products (i.e. Window Cleaner), they will cause your decals to bubble and peel a few weeks after application.

2. Test fit the decal on your car to figure out exactly where you want to apply the graphic with all three layers intact.

3. Use your spray bottle to wet the area where you are applying the sticker. Make sure there are no dry areas.

4. Peel the wax paper backing off of the decal to expose the adhesive side and spray lightly with the soap water mixture. Do not peel the top layer off just yet.

5. Put the sticky side of the decal to the surface of the car where you want it applied. Slide the decal around gently to make any adjustments until it is properly placed in the area you selected. Be careful not to rip it.

We recommend when applying larger graphics that you recruit a friend or two to help so avoid putting creases into the vinyl.