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Old 02-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Decal Install

As the title states I would like some oppinions on proper installation of some decals on my truck.

I have an 8289WS diamond package and a white pickup. I wanted some graphics on my truck that would be similar to the trailer graphics so I ordered the front graphic from Forrest River. This is a very heavy vinyl graphic That has a white backing. It is a 3M product called ScothCal High Performance Film Automotive Grade Performance with Comply Adhesive Performance.

It all seems like normal dry application graphics except the paper cover is cut exactly the same as the graphic itself. How does one remove the outer cove once the graphic is installed?

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Spray the TT surface with a fine water mist. Apply the decal over the mist. Slide it to EXACTLY where you want it. Then, using a plastic straight edge, a medium size pan-scraper will work, start in the middle, and squeegee the water out from under the decal, being careful not to leave an air or water bubbles behind.

If you leave a small air or water bubble, and you can't work it out to an edge, try a small pin to let the air or water out, then squeegee it flat.

This is how the striping and lettering on fire apparatus is done.
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Thanks for the reply Fire Instrutor.

I have done decals this way but this is a white back 3M product and I believe they are supposed to go on dry.

Can anyone verify this?
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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Try this



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The link isn't working.
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The E-How link worked.

Thanks.
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The link isn't working.

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Great, thanks for the link.
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Spray the TT surface with a fine water mist. Apply the decal over the mist. Slide it to EXACTLY where you want it. Then, using a plastic straight edge, a medium size pan-scraper will work, start in the middle, and squeegee the water out from under the decal, being careful not to leave an air or water bubbles behind.

If you leave a small air or water bubble, and you can't work it out to an edge, try a small pin to let the air or water out, then squeegee it flat.

This is how the striping and lettering on fire apparatus is done.
Good to know! And great answer - I feel like I know what I'm doing already
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Spray the TT surface with a fine water mist. Apply the decal over the mist. Slide it to EXACTLY where you want it. Then, using a plastic straight edge, a medium size pan-scraper will work, start in the middle, and squeegee the water out from under the decal, being careful not to leave an air or water bubbles behind.

If you leave a small air or water bubble, and you can't work it out to an edge, try a small pin to let the air or water out, then squeegee it flat.

This is how the striping and lettering on fire apparatus is done.
This is the correct way I had decals replaced on my unit. once you have it in place spay a little more water on the felt part and it will pull off very gently. also use blue tape in areas to help hold it in place..
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