How to apply wrapping vinyl (Carbon Fiber)

A number of our customers have asked us for instructions on how to apply our car wrap material. So we compiled a set of them based on the tips given to us by our installers.

 

Tools Needed

  1. Felt card, or a regular hard card wrapped in felt material.
  2. Utility knife. (Must have sharp blade and tip!)
  3. Heat gun.
  4. Cleaning supplies. (Nonabrasive please!)
  5. Lots of patience.

 

Installation Instructions

  1. Thoroughly clean surfaces – Before you apply our vinyl wrap material, it is necessary to prep the surface to make sure it’s completely clean, dry and free of any dirt or dust. Avoid the usage of abrasive cleaning materials.
  2. Prepare the vinyl – Take the roll out and cut enough material to cover the surface that you want to wrap. Make sure you leave 2 to 3 extra inches; this will ensure that you cover the area properly and leave no uncovered spots.
  3. Remove the adhesive liner – Once the vinyl is cut, completely remove the adhesive liner on the back. However, if the piece is too big, we recommend performing this in two steps. First by exposing half of the adhesive backing and applying it to the surface, and once that’s done finish the other half. It is best to perform this step by two people.  Also, it is very important to not let the material backing touch itself during this step.
  4. Apply the vinyl – With the adhesive backing exposed; now you can apply it to the desired surface. Just center the piece over it, and squeegee out the air between the surface and the vinyl. Make sure you start from the center of the surface and work your way out to the edges. The air release channels in our material will make your job much easier by providing an escape route for the trapped air inside. Also, don’t be afraid of using a heat gun, this will not only help you smooth out any imperfections, but will also help you mold the vinyl to any kind of curved surface.
  5. Cut excess material – After the completion of the last step, cut off any excess material. For a seamless look, tuck in the material inside any crevice and then cut the excess out.

 

***Please note, that these instructions are just suggestions given to us by our installers. There are many different techniques available and each produce similar results.***

 

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