||Each body panel
affected was cleaned with a soft clean
rag and Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. This
cleans any and all dirt, wax, adhesive,
or any other substance from the panel
paint. Graphic Express recommends
cleaning each panel at least 10 times to
ensure good transfer adhesion.
||NOTE: THE STRIPE
ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE DOOR SHOULD BE
THE FIRST STRIPE APPLIED. This stripe
will determine how the rest of the entire
decal kit will line up.
the distance between the lower door edge
and the rocker panel on each side. If the
door edge slightly angles up or down,
this needs to be determined before the
stripes are applied.
||Take your lower
door stripe and use masking tape to
temporarily hold it in place. Keeping in
mind the distance from the lower door
edge to the rocker panel along the edge,
position the stripe along the door bottom
so that the top of the big center stripe
is on the lower body line of the door.
The reason the angle of the door edge is
important is because you don't want the
stripe to end up at some point along the
door having the lower smaller stripe
going below the door. If the lower thin
stripe goes below the bottom door edge,
then you will have to compensate for this
by raising the stripe slightly and this
will affect the way the rest of the
stripe kit is applied.
||When you have the
door bottom stripe held in place with
masking tape, hold the C stripe section
against the fender and make sure it lines
up properly with the lower body line and
the door stripe. The top edge of the
upper small stripe of the C section
should be straight with the upper body
line of the fender and car. This is the
second most important stripe because the
rest of the upper part of the stripe is
straight with the upper body line.
||When you have the
bottom door stripe where you need it,
take a pencil and make a small horizontal
line in four places along the door where
the bottom smaller stripe will run along
the door. This is where you will align
the stripe when you are actually applying
the lower door stripe and lay it face up
with the thin paper up flat on a long
table or surface.
||Using the flat
rubber squeegee that came with the kit,
run the squeegee along the stripe from
the center out to the ends to make sure
the outer side of the stripe is well
adhered to the thin paper layer. This
helps to ensure it will remain on the
thin paper when the the thick backing is
||Get your spray bottle of
solution and spray the door area where
the stripe will apply.
||Now slowly begin to remove
the thick backing from the stripe,
revealing the sticky side of the tape. Do
NOT touch the sticky side with your
fingers if possible.
||Now spray the adhesive side
of the tape with your solution. You have
enough when you can easily run your
finger along the sticky side without
sticking to it.
||Now go to the lower door and
gently apply the stripe to the door and
align the bottom of the smaller stripe
with the pencil marks you made earlier.
Don't forget that you want some of the
stripe to go past the door at the front
and rear to allow you to fold the ends
over into the inside of the door.
||You will see that you can
move the stripe around a little to get
the stripe lined up with your pencil
marks. Just don't take a lot of time
getting it where you want it. If the
stripe begins to stop moving before you
are ready, slowly pull the stripe up and
respray with the solution. Be careful and
don't let the stripe just fall away from
the door and get any dirt on the adhesive
side. Then try again.
||When the stripe is where you
want it, gently use the squeegee to press
the stripe against the panel. The best
way is to start from the center of the
stripe and move toward the ends in short
strokes, slightly curving up and then
down along the stripe to flatten it
properly and keep air bubbles to a
||When you feel you have the
stripe applied, squeegee again in the
same manner 2 or 3 times with a little
harder pressure and just try to make sure
you have all of the solution and air
||Now wait about 20 to 30
minutes to allow the stripe to dry a bit.
||After you have waited a
while, spray the outer thin paper layer
with your solution. This helps the paper
to peel back from the stripe easier and
better ensures the stripe will stick to
the car and not the paper.
||Now pick an end and
carefully remove the paper from the
stripe. At the ends, you will have to
coax the ends away from the paper and
that's okay. Just get the paper to begin
pulling away from the stripe and not
wanting to pull the stripe from the door.
As you pull the paper, pull it slowly and
pull it almost completely back on itself.
In other words, pull the paper so that
you aren't pulling away from the door at
an angle but almost flat against the
stripe. Carefully watch and make sure the
stripe doesn't want to pull up. If it
does, you need to squeegee the stripe
again to get it to stick better and then
wait a minute or so. Then try it again.
||Once you have completely
removed the thin transfer paper, blow on
the ends of the stripe where it is past
the door edges and exposing the adhesive.
Then slowly fold the stripe tightly
around the door edge and stick it to the
inside of the door.
||Now that the lower door
stripe is on, you can go next to the
fender C section and follow the same
||The other sections go on the
||For reference, these stripes
were applied in the following order:
||The bottom door stripe.
||The fender C section.
||The area in front of the
rear wheel opening. Here you will see
that the stripe ends slightly in front of
the wheel opening.
||The rear most stripe. Same
situation here where the stripe ends
slightly behind the wheel opening.
||The upper door stripe.
||The tip of the upper stripe
behind the door.
||As mentioned earlier, the
stripe slightly curves upward after the
door. Just stay with the body line and
you should be okay. Getting the alignment
correct where the stripe applies on
either side of the rear wheel opening is
the hardest. When it is time to align the
other stripes with the door stripe, it is
helpful to get right up against the body
and use your eyes to line up the stripe
along the run. Optical illusion can fool
you if you try to align the stripes by
standing back from the car. Depending on
the height where you glance at the car
when it's done, you will see that
sometimes the stripes look misaligned.
Just move up or down and you will see
that the alignment is correct. Each side
of the car took approximately 4 hours to
complete. Don't be in a hurry. Take your
time and the end result will be well
worth the time.