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Old 07-21-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Question RV Decals

what is the best method to use to install new decals?

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Old 07-21-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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I have installed decals on glass and smooth surfaces, so as long as your not on a ridged surface their is two meathods I find that worth the best...

Wet: After cleaning surface, remove the decal's backing and wet the entire back of the decal and place it where you want it to go. From there, useing a thick card, or hard smooth edged item, squeege it from the center outward, then do the opposite side.. It's easiest to sqeege the shorter diameter encase there is a problem and you have to quickly pull up the decal to that point.

Dry: Clean area you are applying decal to. Take a peice of masking tape and tape it in place directly in the center, going over a few inches on each side.
Lift up on half and take off backing and cut off in the middle near the tape..
Hinge it back over and using a hard edge like noted in the wet technique, work from middle out, working your way back and forth until you make it to the end. Take off tape and rest of masking and repeat with other side.

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do you recommend using the wet method and using windex or something like that
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do you recommend using the wet method and using windex or something like that
use a mild soap, like joy, or dawn, or something of that nature, with water...
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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The wet method does allow for easier re-positioning of the decal/s. I was advised by a local decal shop not to use Windex but, as previously noted, a little bit of Dawn or castile soap mixed with water in a spray bottle.

I have used this method for decals on my boat, motorhome and golf cars, and it works very well.
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Doesn't any kind of soap leave a film?

Decal Prep from online:
Although you can install decals after cleaning the surface with dishwashing soap, we recommend using Denatured Alcohol because it will completely clean the surface.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:39 PM   #7
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The wet method of apply decals is the best (most forgiving).
-- Clean the area that will have the decal applied. If it was a waxed/polished surface, clean off the wax. Using denatured alchol on a rag works fine. Don't do in direct sunlight as the surface could be very warm or een hot.
-- Take a spray bottle, old windex bottle, put one or two drops of Dawn dish washing soap in it and fill it with water.
-- Take your decal and using blue tape tape it to where you want it--do not remove the paper covering the adhesive yet!
-- Stand back and make sure it is where you want it. Adjust as needed. Before removing, place blue tape up to the edge of the decal, but not over it. Place small tape strips on all corners so you will know exactly where to put the decal when it's time to permanently place it.
-- Remove the protective paper from the decal exposing the adhesive. Lightly spray the adhesive side of the decal. Lightly spray the area where the decal will be installed.
-- Place the decal where it you want it using the blue tape guides previously placed on the vehicle. Using a squeegee or firm but flexible spreader, remove the water and air bubbles from the decal. Begin in the center and top of the decal working down and to the sides.
-- Let dry for 30 minutes, maybe longer, before carefully removing the protective paper, if you have any, from the top of the decal. You may have to push edges of the decal back down.
-- You will likely have small air bubbles still in the decal. If they are small, don't worry about them, they will go away after a couple of weeks in the sun. Try not to wash the decal or drive 100mph for a few days.

I've used this method on several boats and it always works.

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