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How to Install Matte Black Side Accent Decals on your Mustang

Installation Time

2 hours

Tools Required
  • Spray bottle with soap & water mixture
  • Plastic Squeegee
  • Scissor or exacto knife
  • Hair dryer
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Prep:
Clean car well to ensure good adhesion of the decal. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and soap (we use baby shampoo), about 4 large drops per 32 oz. spray bottle of water. Be sure to install decal out of direct sunlight. Also having someone to assist you if you can is very help-ful. It may be necessary to separate multiple decals on one sheet by cutting with scissors.

Alignment of the side stripe and top of the side accent set, can be accomplished by trimming the backing and transfer tape around the door handle cutout, then aligning the door handle section first. Then keep the decal on the body line of the car working towards the front. The side stripe front should end about at the ending of the body crease on the fender. The lower accent stripe can follow the line of the car starting and ending with the creases in the fender.

Step 1:
On the side accent set, you can cut the upper and lower half apart before be-ginning. Next, spray car generously with the soap and water mixture.

Step 2:
Peel the backing from the stripes expos-ing the adhesive. It also helps installation if the back of the vinyl is sprayed as well. This can be done as the backing is being removed.




Step 3:
Place decal on the car. You will be able to maneuver the decal into position because of the soap and water solution you sprayed on earlier. Once you have the decal in its final position, use the plastic squeegee to push any air bubbles towards the outer edges.

Step 4:
Spray the transfer tape with the solution if your product has tape. The solution will help with the release of the tape.

Step 5:
After the solution has been squeegeed out from under the decal and the transfer tape has been wet for about ten minutes start to re-move the tape. Pull the tape slowly at a sharp angle back away from the decal. It may help to put the squeegee behind the tape to apply pressure to the decal holding it tight against the tape; this will help the decal from lifting up with the tape. Take your time and go slow pulling the tape. Make sure the decal is dry enough underneath, if it lifts up carefully press it down and wait for it to dry more.

Step 6:
Once the tape is off you can use a squeegee (covered in a cloth that will not scratch the vinyl and keep the vinyl wet) if you need to, but at this point you may need to use a pin or needle to release any bubbles, squeegeeing on vinyl that has been stuck to the surface may wrinkle instead of moving air from underneath the vinyl.

On some products with complex surface curves you may use a hair dryer cautiously to help conform the decal Do not over heat it will shrivel or wrinkle.

Leave several hours, depending on climate, of dry time before cleaning car. Use a quick detailer in a spray bottle for the initial clean-ing then hand wash car waiting at least several days for the first time after drying. Do not power wash vinyl or wax vinyl.