Installation Help

 

Tips For Your Weston Ink Graphics

 

  • When storing your decals prior to installation keep away from heat and always roll the graphic up with the decal facing out.
  • The pressure sensitive vinyl used to create your decals bonds very well when first applied but sets more firmly after a 24-hour period.
  • Avoid washing your graphics for the first week after it is installed. 
  • Do NOT use abrasive cleaners, wax, solvent-based cleaners etc. on the decals.  The solvents will harm the lamination of the decal and cause it to fade.
  • When using a power washer to clean do not hold the wash wand closer than 10 inches to the graphic surface.
  • Treat your graphics as you would the painted surface of your car.

 

We stand behind the products we sell. This product exemplifies our commitment to providing high quality products at great prices. If you have any problems with your graphic please contact us by phone at (517) 219-9090 or by email at info@westonink.com.  We will get you taken care of!

 

 

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Directions For Applying Graphics

 

Please read care tips first before installation

 

Prepare the Surface
The surface must be clean and free of all waxes, sealers or oils. The decal and the surface must be a minimum of 50 degrees F. and no warmer than 85 degrees F. We do not suggest installing decals in direct sunlight. All of our vehicle graphics are made for installation on the outside of the vehicle unless additional information is included with your decal stating differently. 

 

Position and Apply
Temporarily place the decal in the desired location with two small pieces of masking tape (one on each upper corner of the decal) holding the decal to the surface.  Once the decal is aligned to the surface, stand back and look at the decal. Make sure it appears the way you want it. Adjust as necessary.  The decals should be installed without any fluids. 

Apply a long piece of masking tape on the decal near the center of the decal running vertically with the tape going above and below the decal.  For short or small decals, just tape one side and make a flap.

Pull one end of the decal off and begin to peel the wax paper backing off the decal (exposing the sticky side of the decal).  Pull all the way to the center point where the masking tape was run vertically.  Once you reach this spot tear the backing paper vertically along the tape leaving the opposite side.  DO NOT ALLOW THE STICKY PART OF THE DECAL TO TOUCH THE SURFACE!

With the backing paper peeled off one side, begin to apply the sticky side of the decal to the surface starting at the center point where the masking tape was placed vertically.  If you are applying a “View Thru” graphic it is easiest to use your hand.  All other applications use an applicator with a sharp even edge.  The tool should be angled 45 degrees away from the center of the decal. Be sure to use even strokes across the decal starting in the center and working your way out.  This will keep bubbles from forming between the decal and the surface. 

With flames on curved surfaces it is sometimes helpful to make some relief cuts in between the flame tips.  This allows the decal to mold to the surface without the application tape interfering.  Now repeat these steps with the opposite side of the decal.  Continue smoothing out the decal with even pressured strokes, in the center and working your way out.

 

Tape Removal  (Does not apply for “View Thru” window graphics)

Once the entire sticky side of the decal is applied to the surface, go over the decal with the application squeegee, with increasingly harder strokes. Peel the transfer tape covering from the surface.  The transfer tape covering is made of special material with a sticky backing. This must be removed after the decal is installed. Pull the tape back at a 45-degree angle slowly.  If any of the decal starts to lift from the surface lay it gently back down and do over the decal with the applicator again.

 

Finishing the Installation

After the transfer tape has been removed any small bubbles can be removed using a small pin or needle.  Do not use a razor blade.  Over time if a blade is used the cut can enlarge and cause your graphic to crack or you may scratch the surface below the graphic.  Take the pin and poke a small hole in the vinyl at the source of the bubble. With the squeegee or thumb depending on the size of the bubble, push the remaining air out of the bubble.   Most small bubbles will dissipate within 3 weeks of installation due to sunlight.   

 

 

Video tutorial of an installation

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us either by phone or email.  We’re here to help.