Use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and distilled water as your primary installation slip solution - 1 CC to 32 oz of distilled Water or roughly 2 drops for every ounce of water, more or less based on your conditions/needs. With Sunteck Ultra, cut the Shampoo amount used in half – You may want to have an rubbing alcohol (70% strength) and water mixture – 3 parts water to 1 part isopropyl - standing by for any areas along the edges that lift, usually where applied over a contours. It’s a faster drying solution that can be sprayed in between the film and the paint to flush away the sl;ip solution to accelerate adhesion. DO NOT USE AS YOUR PRIMARY SLIP SOLUTION. In most cases the same can be achieved with the microfiber
You can remove all of these films at anytime during the installation process to correct issues like misalignment or debris removal, the sooner you do the easier that will be. If it’s allowed to stay attached to your paint for more than a few days. or even less in some cases. It will have begun to setup to the point to where it would require tool/skills to avoid lasting cosmetic damage to the adhesive side of the film.
Use a Microfiber cloth, pushing it off the edge of the film at the end of the process to blot up water before the water has a chance to migrate back under the film, as soon a the squeegee is pulled away. This will help in stubborn areas that won’t stay down.
We typically send along a small remnant of film for you to practice with before you begin the installation of the actual pieces of your kit. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the film; in addition it will afford you an opportunity to test your slip solution ratio to see if it is suitable for the installation conditions. Hot weather accelerates adhesion and could necessitate a few more drops of shampoo. Not enough shampoo will make it difficult to remove trapped water and air pockets, and leave you with a bubbly finish. Blisters of water are okay to leave to evaporate out through the film on their own; few days of warm weather is all that’s necessary. The same can not be said for trapped air, so if you see air pockets, pull the film back to that point, spray more installation solution and continue
Don't seal the edge – Leave a ¼ to ½ inch of the film unaffixed until you are sure it is the way you want it, this will help will give you a place to grab onto – use the blade of the squeegee instead of a finger on the adhesive side of the film -to yank the film off in the event that removal is necessary to reposition or re-flood the working area.
If the practice piece leaves you feeling like the task is beyond your skill level, don’t go on to the kit pieces before you seek help Drop by our shop for an installation if possible, or seek professional installers in you area. Even though we design our patterns not to be too ambitious in its coverage, taking into a account that a do-it-yourselfer is going to attempt the installation on their own, we can’t guarantee that everyone is up to the challenge, because skill levels vary.
We offer these tips from our training and experience installing film, and are more than willing to coach by phone, voice or text -760 440-5570- if needed, 7 days a week. These are the key points, and if done properly will lead to an unbelievably invisible protective skin that will keep your paint finish in showroom condition.