Tools You Will Need Before Starting:
- Dish Soap and Water
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Masking Tape
- Something to smooth out decal: Teflon Hard Card, Bondo Spreader or a Credit Card wrapped in a napkin
Conditions To Apply In: Before starting to apply your FreeCarMedia decal to your rear window, make sure the outside temperature is above 45°F and it is a dry day. If the temperature is in the 40's, we recommend you preheat the cars interior to warm up the window, which will help the decal stick to the rear window. Alternatively, you can apply the decal after leaving your car in a heated (or semi-heated) garage overnight or until the temperature is above 45°F.
Preparation Of Your Window: Clean your rear window with dish soap and water. Do not use Windex or any other glass cleaner. Do not use any lotion or petroleum based cleaners. Rinse completely with clean water and completely dry. (If your window was ever treated with Rain-X or similar products, use Bon Ami cleaning powder or soft scrub to remove this treatment). A final cleaning with rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) is recommended to remove any remaining dirt or residue.
The decal adheres to the rear window through a pressure sensitive adhesive and works best when your rear window is very very clean.
- Position: You will need masking tape for this step. Do not remove the backing of the decal yet! Using the masking tape, tape the sides and top and bottom of the decal onto your clean rear window to position the decal in the center of your rear window. Use a tape measure to center the decal from left to right and from top to bottom. You can put the decal a little more towards the top of your window if you have a rear wiper, spare tire, brake light, etc... Do not use any type of heat source (hair dryer or heat gun) or any water to apply the decal.
- Hinge: Now that you have the image centered and in the proper position, take a long piece of masking tape and place it vertically over the center of the decal overlapping by 3-4 inches onto the top and bottom of the window.
- Applying First Half: Remove the masking tape on the left side of the window and fold over the graphic at the hinge. Carefully remove the backing to the center hinge and cut only the backing material off near the hinge. Begin to smooth the image down starting at the hinge and working towards the left side. Using your hand and hard card with short overlapping strokes to prevent wrinkles or air pockets. Do not pull or stretch the decal, let your free hand and hard card apply the pressure. To remove any air pockets or wrinkles, carefully lift up the material from your window and smooth down with your hand. Continue working and smoothing the decal out towards the left edge.
- Applying Second Half: Remove all remaining masking tape and fold over decal to where the hinge was. Remove all remaining backing material and apply remaining portion of the decal following the same technique as in step 3.
- Finishing Touches: Go over the decal with your hands and firmly press the decal in place starting at the center and working your way towards the edges. The decal bonds as soon as you apply it, but takes 24 hours to fully bond. Do not remove the decal or try to reposition it, it will not stick again.
Care of Decal:
- Do Not Remove and try to reposition, it will not stick again
- Avoid washing rear window for the first few weeks after installation of the decal
- It is recommended to hand wash for best results and life of the decal,
- Do not use snow or ice scrapers on the material, as it will damage the decal. It is best to treat the decal as you would your paint of your car.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners or power wash the decal.
- Do not use the rear wiper, or try to limit its use, as it will cause premature fading and wear of the decal.
- Window defroster will not cause any damage to the decal.
Removal of Decal: The decal can be moved using a thin scraper, it is best to remove the decal in warmer temperatures for an easier removal process. Once you get a corner up, you can gently pull the remaining portion of the decal off slowly. If any adhesive material remains, use glass or a citrus based cleaner to remove any residue remaining.