Step One - Planning & Surface Preparation
Don't skimp on this step. It is the most important one. How well you prepare the surface for the decal will have an impact on several items. These include:
1. Adhesion of the decal to the paint service
2. Dirt and paint/body imperfections showing through the decal.
Planning- Decide where you will be putting your decal. Remove any chrome or other decorative parts that are in the path of the decal. In the case of the Le Mons Rally Stripe, it is best to remove the back bumper to ensure that the rear stripe fits.
Clean the area thoroughly. A clean surface is critical for a nice
long lasting and clean look. Fill in any body imperfections as the
decal will amplify the imperfections.
Wax Removal- The first thing to do is to remove all wax and other surface contaminates from the area that the decal will be applied. To remove the wax we used rubbing alcohol. We poured it on the paint with a mixture of about 50% water. As you can see from the picture the wax creams up in a paste that then can be wiped off with a clean cloth.