Custom Domed Decal Installation Inructions

The following are the application instructions recommended by Auto Trim DESIGN. These procedures must be followed prior to any consideration by Auto Trim DESIGN and/or its graphic manufacturers in regard to replacement or credit.

Failure to follow instructions listed below in bold red letters may result in product failure and be considered non-warrantable.

For the most part, we manufacture decals as our customers order them. This ensures that they receive a fresh product, one that will last as per manufacturers warranty. This being the case however, domed decals require a Cure time of no less than six (6) days. Thus, unlike our standard vinyl decals, shipping may be delayed by several days. It is our intent to manufacture your decals upon receipt of your order. Then, several days after the manufacture we will ship the product, thereby allowing for the recommended Cure time, which includes transit time. We endeavor to provide you with quality product and appreciate your patience.

Stock rotation and climate-controlled storage are important. Age and temperature extremes degrade the adhesive

and can dramatically reduce its effectiveness.

Product should be used within the recommended storage life of two years. In addition, product should be stored in an environment between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Surface temperature should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit before attempting the installation.

As a general rule, if the surface is hot to the touch its over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Adhesive becomes brittle when it gets too cold and gummy when it gets too hot. Applications outside the recommended range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit reduce the adhesives ability to perform.

Why Surface Preparation is More Important Than Ever Before!

Due to an increased usage of silicone based additives in automotive paint that traditionally contained only solvents or oil derivatives, the pressure-sensitive graphics industry is facing adhesion challenges. The result of these changes is the need for increased awareness towards surface preparation and application methods.

To reduce the amount of solvents in some of the newer heavy solids paint and clearcoat products, silicone-based additives are used as flow agents. As the solvents evaporate during the curing process, silicone particles migrate to the surface, leaving a silicone residue. In fiberglass manufacturing, mold release agents may also leave a silicone residue.

Traditional surface preparation for graphics application has consisted of chemical washing. Most cleaners contain a hydroxyl compound (acetone, alcohol) or a petroleum base (kerosene, zylene) solvent. These solvents work by dissolving oil-based impurities that are on the surface.

Silicone, however, does not dissolve. Removal of siliconates occurs through emulsification (suspension of small globules within the liquid, like oil in water). Soap and water will generally outperform solvent for silicone emulsification. However, an extra wash process costs applicator time and it may not always be necessary.

The application process noted herein, when followed, will effectively prepare the surface to bond with the adhesive. We recommend this process for all striping and graphics, regardless of who manufactured them.


All surfaces are contaminated to some degree. To ensure good adhesion to any vehicle surface, it is critical that you follow these recommended procedures in decontaminating and preparing the surface prior to any vinyl product installation. A clean,lint free towel or clothmust be used between each of the cleaning steps to prevent cross-contamination.

Remove heavy road grime or tar using ourRapid Prepcleaning solution.

When a silicone substance or residue is suspected, wash and rinse the contaminated area with liquid dish detergent and warm water.

Dry the surface with a clean, lint free towel or cloth.

finish the process by wiping down the entire area with ourRapid TacorRapid Tac IIapplication fluid.

Again use a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.

The base material is vinyl. Because vinyl is a pressure-sensitive product, direct pressure to the product is very important. Please use your thumb or a soft, non-marring tool to apply pressure.

Clean the surface with ourRapid PrepPre-Cleaner or a few drops of grease-cutting liquid detergent in water (do not use a petroleum base cleaner). Rinse clean with fresh water then dry with a lint-free cloth. Wiping surface with ourRapid Tac,Rapid Tac IIor alcohol will also help remove any contamination and enhance the adhesion process.

Remove the individual lettering from the Release Liner and carefully fit the lettering into the recessed area. Make sure that there is an even space all around the lettering.

Todays finest pressure-sensitive vinyl materials have been used to create your new graphics. These graphics require little maintenance and should be treated similarly to a painted surface.

Dowash your graphics with plain soap and water or any commercially made car wash soap. Rinse thoroughly.

Dokeep high pressure nozzles at least 18 inches from the edge of the graphics. High pressure spray may cause the edge of the graphic to peel.

Dotest any cleaning solution on a small section of the decal before using. Be sure to read the solutions directions and warning notices that may apply to Vinyl Graphics.

Dontuse any aromatic solvents such as acetone, M.E.K., toluene, paint thinner, or lacquer thinner on your graphics. Any solvent may soften the vinyl material or smear colors.

Dontovercoat the graphics with clear paint (voids manufacturers warranty).

Dontlet gasoline or other fuels drip or stay on graphics for any length of time. If a spill occurs, wipe off and rinse with water immediately.

Dontapply wax over graphics. Wax products generally contain petroleum distillates, which can damage vinyl graphics. The only product we suggest for use on vinyl graphics isRod & Custom Show Gloss Creme.

Care and caution should be taken when storing your vehicle. Vinyl graphics and other items such as dashboards, tires and flexible rubber products will have a shorter life expectancy when exposed to severe heat and sunlight. Protection of graphics from prolonged direct sunlight will insure an extended life.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail us. Were here to serve. Thanks!