Installing Your CustomMX Graphics
One thing is for sure, we all operate differently. To some, installing graphics comes easy – but to others it may can be a very daunting task.
The following guide is provided purely as a set of tips that should guide you on track for a successful application of decals. Naturally, we cannot be held responsible for the outcome of events, but if time and care is taken graphic installs should be achievable by all!
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Maybe an obvious starting point, but any dirt could be caught or drop onto the adhesive layer of your decals. Lumpy graphics aint pretty!
Clean hands are critical, oily fingers will reduce the ability of your graphics to adhere any place you touch them.
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You can use your hair dryer to warm the old graphics and soften them. Starting on one corner, begin peeling toward the opposite corner. Try to pull the vinyl perpendicular to the backing; this will make it easier to remove as one piece.
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If removing existing graphics we recommend removing all previous glue residue. Most DIY shops sell adhesive removers.
Even if installing on brand new graphics we would recommend spraying contact cleaner or Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) on a clean rag and wiping the surface completely. You don’t want to leave any glue residue from the old graphics or oils, and some plastics may arrive with a hazing of production surface contaminants.
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Plan where you’ll start applying the decals. Easier installs, such as swingarms or front number panels could be applied first as practise for more difficult areas (like side panels that may have heavy and awkward curves).
The design of your graphics may flow from one plastic to another, so aligning these up before going in all guns blazing may just help you out.
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Peel the backing paper away from the graphics, revealing the adhesive layer. If new to applying decals this can be done in stages, cutting away just some of the backing paper using scissors.
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This will allow you to move the graphic away from the plastic temporarily if required (for alignment etc). This can also help to establish a bubble-free application.
Re-check your alignment on the part to be covered. Touch the graphic with your finger to place it. This will be your starting point.
With one hand maintain the alignment of the graphic, and with your other hand gently run along the centre to place it. Working in small sections, use your finger tips to apply pressure to the graphic being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles. You want to work from the centre out. If you get bubbles, carefully peel the section up and try again.
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We use a fabric squeegee for doing this, but naturally most people don’t have these to hand. Taking time, using your finger will work just the same.
If you have sharp curves on your plastics use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the graphic so it is more pliable to the curves. Slowly work your decal over the curves, being conscious that the decals will be softer when warmed up. You don’t want to put a kink in the decals!
Be careful not to overheat and stretch the decals!
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Applying a bit of heat to the graphics will help with the bonding process of the agressive adhesive.
If practical, plastics can be left in a warm environment overnight to better help. Again, be careful not to overheat.
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Take a step back and gaze at the finished product.
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This gives the graphics more time for the adhesive to fully bond to the plastics.
If you’re happy with what we’ve supplied, feel free to write us a review on Facebook, or tag CustomMX in your finished photo’s..
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