Installation Time: Afternoon
March 23, 2013
Look great. Install not easy but not hard either.
Ok so I'm no mechanic but I've owned a lot of cars in my 32 years including a 2005 GTO, Dodge Ram SRT 10, 2010 Camero SS, Lexus is350, Infinity m45 among a few and they were all awesome. No I'm not rich... I just spend my money away on cars that's what I enjoy. So now I bought a 2013 grabber blue GT. I can say its my favorite car. Sounds amazing stock...my camero needed a cat back borla right away because it was so quiet I couldn't even tell it was on. The stang is the perfect balance between power comfort sound and luxury for the money. Is it a Lexus is F? No but that isn't what it is supposed to be. It is still one heck of a machine for a lot less money that I love.
Ok so on to the hood vent inserts. AM's are the most expensive hood vent decals I had found but were also the largest, covering every part of the vent and not just the inside, but were also (as I would expect anybody's are) not the easiest thing to install with the type of perfection I would expect all mustang owners want.
Again I'm no mechanic but spent enough time growing up detailing cars to understand how this works.
1. Clean your hood vents thoroughly ... Clean any dirt or grime built up in the corners etc with rubbing alcohol glass cleaner etc. before you do anything. My car was BRAND NEW when I bought it and still had built up dirt there from being outside on the dealership lot.
2. Have a spray bottle mixture of soap and water. I use tap water and just normal sudsy wash soap. Spray one hood vent first. Then start that decal applying soap to the rear of it (not a ton) because this makes it very easy for you to move it around and get the right placement. You will do the same process to get all decals on... They will look good after you cirst place them but we still are only about halfway done.
3. Ok so after the decals are on you will need to start smoothing out the air bubbles inside. I don't have a garage so I have to do any work to my car outside in the weather wind etc. I live in NC and did this about a week ago in 55 degree weather. Issue was that it was not hot enough for the decals to dry and stick quickly. You CAN NOT squigy them until they begin to stick on their own which makes the process tons easier. I ended up placing the first decals them the second and then went back and forth between both vents with the squigy as each ones areas were drying at different rates.
4. Depending on the conditions you are applying these use a blowdryer to heat them while you use the provided squigy inside of a microfiber towell. This is important because using just the squigy may scratch your decals. You need to use light to medium pressure and all the bubbles will eventually come out (just like doing tint).
4. Once the decals begin to stick well you can use your finger or just the towel to remove any remaining bubbles. It was cool and windy when I applied these but the sun was out which definitely helped them stick and cure nicely.
5. Double check them once you are finish to make sure you got all the bubbles out. I can't stress enough about having a ow dryer handy. I started thinking I didn't need one because I've done decals before. I recommend having it handy.
*overall I feel the decals came out well and add an amazing look to the car for the price. The decals are a good quality and are a cheap alternative to replacing or painting the vents. Now if AM comes out with painted vents that are under 150 bucks hint hint...or maybe 200 bucks tops to be appealing vs decals. I Find it much easier to remove those and install new ones (like 30 minutes or less) than dealing with the 1-2 hours it took me to make sure these decals came out right. I will bet a tint guy or a graphics guy could do these much faster but if you are just an average guy who loves cars like me it will take you at least an hour to get them perfect. Read my review and the instructions you will be fine.
The ones on my car are black and look amazing! Great product overall. My photo will be uploaded