You must thoroughly clean and degrease the plastic with contact cleaner. For this job you must use clean, white paper towels. You cannot use cloth shop towels. They can leave a residue
that will sabotage the job and compromise the adhesive.
Follow the same method for each piece. Make sure you have
lighting that will allow you to see if you have any bubbles.
Make sure that each piece is rubbed completely down. If you
have done a good job cleaning the plastic and rubbed the
graphic down for the best adhesion, most modern graphics
will stay looking good far longer than the original plastic did.
Some kits recommend that you spray the plastic with window
cleaner, then peel the backing and position the graphic on
the wet plastic. With that method you can move the graphic
around safely, but you must squeegee the excess liquid out
and wait 24 hours for it to dry before you can ride. We prefer
to peel back one corner, then position the graphic and stick
that corner down first. If you are a newbie, start by peeling a
smaller section back.
After the full kit is installed, the quad has a whole new and
clean look that is distinctive from the stock appearance. For an
install to look this good, the graphic cannot be applied over
plastic that is deeply scratched or scarred. Deep scratches
must be smoothed with a scraper and sometimes even sand
paper to ensure a smooth surface for the graphic to bond with.
After you stick the corner down, you should work away from
the stuck corner. Smooth the material down a bit at a time.
Make sure the graphic is laying down in the right place and
avoid air bubbles. If the plastic and the graphic are warm, you
can usually pull a small portion back up and stick it back
down without damaging the adhesive. If you have difficult
curves to deal with, a heat gun or hair dryer can help, but too
much heat will just stretch the graphic out of shape.
If you have edges that protrude over the edge of the plastic,
trim them back with a sharp razor knife. Edges that are
exposed like that will allow water under the graphic, and then
they won’t last as long. ;