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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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Old 02-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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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



How to Apply 3M Scotchcal Film | eHow.com
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The E-How link worked.

Thanks.
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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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I talked to the good people at 3M and was surprised to find I was correct. I have installed graphics wet before but something about this product just didn't look the same. The person I spoke with said it is not to be applied using the wet method. If I applied it wet it will fail.

Sometimes the gut feeling is not heartburn.

After reading the repy by gljurczyk I called my dealer and they say they put them on wet.
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I talked to the good people at 3M and was surprised to find I was correct. I have installed graphics wet before but something about this product just didn't look the same. The person I spoke with said it is not to be applied using the wet method. If I applied it wet it will fail.

Sometimes the gut feeling is not heartburn.

After reading the repy by gljurczyk I called my dealer and they say they put them on wet.
I'd like to see the decal installed myself.
So please post up pics when done so I can wrap my head around the decal your installing and where its placement on the tv is .

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I will deffinatley try to get a pic posted...... Unless it looks like HE!! then I will just remove them and walk away with my head down.
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I'm gettin me some flames!!

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I got the decal on. I used a half/half of water and alcohol. They applied fairly easily and smooth with that mixture. This is what the dealer suggested. Now let's see if I can get a pic of the truck.
http://http://www2.snapfish.com/snap...A%22s%22%7D%7D

I can't seem to get the pic to drop in so here is a link.

I guess the link isn't going to work either.
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I got the decal on. I used a half/half of water and alcohol. They applied fairly easily and smooth with that mixture. This is what the dealer suggested. Now let's see if I can get a pic of the truck.
http://http://www2.snapfish.com/snap...A%22s%22%7D%7D

I can't seem to get the pic to drop in so here is a link.

your link doesn't work
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Let's try this. This is the forward most decal on the trailer.
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Hey, that looks pretty cool.
Nice job!
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Thanks Bakkan,

I am anxious to get the trailer back from the dealer so see how it looks hooked up. I seen one over on RV.net that was really sweet. Dodge CC DRW that was done to match what looked like a large Carriage. VERY nicely done but I have a little truck with a little trailer to match a little bank account so I am happy with this.
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Let's try this. This is the forward most decal on the trailer.
That looks nice. It looks like my forward decal on my 8289WS. I saw a smart car one time painted the same color as the MH and had the decals on it. I even took pictures at the camp ground. Your trk came out nice I bet it will look sharp together. I remember I paid like 10.00 dollars for 3 small decals from the factory but paid like 28.00 for shipping. I brushed an over hung branch that stuck out in a turn lane in Calf. and ruined 3 that had to be replaced....
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