Items needed for large size installations (Small size installs can be applied dry) :
- Spray bottle filled with 24 oz. of clean water and approx. Note: a few drops of
methyl hydrate only may be used in the solution to assist in evaporation
plastic application card, squeegee (body filler card)
- An X-acto knife, breakaway blade, or a razor blade
-DO NOT INSTALL OR CLEAN WITH ALCOHOL BASED PRODUCTS (Methyl Hydrate acceptable)
Make sure the area where the film is to be applied is clean and
free from dust, dirt, grease or any other contaminates.
(Use mineral spirits and/or clean soapy water to clean the surface thoroughly.) Best results are achieved between 60 and 85 degrees F. Wash hands thoroughly and keep saturated/wet with the application solution to prevent permanent fingerprints in the adhesive and prevent the film from properly adhering. Also make sure the film does not come in contact with the ground or any surface from which it may collect dirt or dust.
APPLYING: Film can be applied dry onto fog lights and smaller headlights. For large lights, spray a very light amount of the water solution onto lens & liberally spray on outside of film (non-adhesive). Then align and apply film to one side or center of the light or area using the handling tabs . Then using a plastic application card, press down/squeegee the film with smooth sweeping motions. Do this across the remainder of the light. If large bubbles are present, peel up the film to that area and apply again. Film is very forgiving, which allows you to pull and reapply numerous times if not satisfied with results. This can only be done upon initial installation, before curing process. Note: warming the film with a heat gun or blow dryer will soften it to help to mold the film around any difficult, curved areas.
Once applied: If film is not precut then use an X-acto knife, triangular pointed knife, or razor blade to score the outside layer of the film then trim off the excess. No need to cut all the way through the film. If product is precut then remove the handling tabs. Let film dry for a minimum of 30 minutes and carefully wipe off any excess solution. If all moisture has not been evacuated under film then some fogginess of the film will occur. This is completely normal. Film is breathable and porous – cloudiness/fog will evaporate with a few days to a few weeks. Depending on film thickness and sunlight/heat exposure. Any surface texture, scratches, or ripples will also disappear during this curing process.
ALLOW 48-72 HOURS FOR ADHESIVE TO SET AND BOND TO YOUR VEHICLE. DO NOT WASH, NOR DISTURB DURING THE CURING PROCESS.
The film can be washed with soap and water just as you use on your car's finish. Light scrubbing is ok as well as a mild solvent if needed. It is important to wax the film at least 3 times a year w/ a good carnauba wax or 303-Products vinyl conditioner to maintain the film's U.V. protection.