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Does anyone have any recommendations of how to put on decals without getting any wrinkles or bubbles.

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Use a spray bottle with some water and a couple drops of soap in it. Mist the area. Put on your decal and squeege the area inluding the decal. Similar to putting on window tint.

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just what wombie said. You can also use dilluted windex. Use a pin or a razor blade to poke a hole in any large bubbles and smooth out. A heat gun will also take away bubbles. Sunlight will also, when you give it time.

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A quick squeegee that you can use (depending on the size of the decal) is a credit card....I have used my college alumni membership card all the time to smooth out the decals...run over the finished decal with Meguiar's Quick Detailer when finished to protect it...


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Sweet! I've heard the same thing through guys here at work! Thanks for the quick response everyone!
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Oh, and so using this soapy water idea, the sticker/decal won't lose any of its stickness?

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Oh, and so using this soapy water idea, the sticker/decal won't lose any of its stickness?
No, it should be fine. Just don't use alot of soap. They sell application fluid made just for graphics. Any vinyl supply website will have it. I use Rapid Tac and it works great.

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Oh, and so using this soapy water idea, the sticker/decal won't lose any of its stickness?
No, it actually works pretty well because it allows you to center and move the decal where you want it before you dry it with the hot air dryer and it sticks for good....



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Thanks, sounds like a plan! I plan on doing it this weekend. I'd love to do it any time after work, but for some reason most states, such as mine, are on this stupid time change that when you get home, it's dark!

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Thanks, sounds like a plan! I plan on doing it this weekend. I'd love to do it any time after work, but for some reason most states, such as mine, are on this stupid time change that when you get home, it's dark!
Through my experience is do it when you have plenty of light and plenty of time...cause if something goes wrong, you will have plenty of time and light to fix it....


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I agree with 2Hottie, allow yourself enough time to do it right. If you try to hurry, you'll screw it up every time.


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Well, I put a set of decals on 2 trucks this weekend and everything came out perfect! Thanks for the advise! The soapy water trick really works!

Now that the decals are on, is there anything I should do to them for protection? Should I worry about putting a clear coat finish on them or anything I need to do to the edges? Or nothing at all?

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Well, I put a set of decals on 2 trucks this weekend and everything came out perfect! Thanks for the advise! The soapy water trick really works!

Now that the decals are on, is there anything I should do to them for protection? Should I worry about putting a clear coat finish on them or anything I need to do to the edges? Or nothing at all?
Just make sure you wash your truck regularly and apply a wax over top of the decals...if you see some of the wax dried around the edges of the decals, just use Meguiar's Quick Detailer to scrub the dried up wax around the edges...I have the same problem with my 4x4 decal on the truck....


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Perfect! And I guess if the edges start coming up, I can just use some Duct tape to keep it from peeling any further! - LOL

I really appreciate everyones input in helping me through this.

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