1. You will normally find the pieces for some sections are slightly shorter than the painted surface you are applying them to. This is intentional. Kits are designed to help prevent you from over stretching narrow pieces and make it easier to squeegee these areas. When removing narrow pieces of material from the liner, the plastic tends to stretch to some degree. Since the plastic will stretch slightly when removed from the liner, it is much easier to stretch the material on the vehicle than it is to cut off any excess. On these types of grille kits, start on one end by lining up the kit with the edge of the grille.
2. Stretch the remainder across to the other side and carefully squeegee the area. Use very light pressure on these narrow sections until they are tacked down sufficiently; gradually increase pressure as they begin to adhere.
Bumpers and Airdams
Most kits are simple to install and do not require any new instructions to apply. However, some bumpers which have a large amount of compound curvature require special techniques. For example:
- Mazda Miata
- GMC Yukon Denali
- Cadillac Escalade
- VW Beetle
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Porsche 911 Turbo
1. For these kits, stretching the material is imperative due to the strong curvature of the painted surface to be covered. Begin by wetting the surface with the soap/water solution and rolling out the material onto the wet surface. Once the film is spread on the surface, thoroughly soak both sides of the film with the soap/water solution. Gently pull up on the material if it sticks to the surface to wet it underneath.
2. Center the kit on the vehicle. Position the middle of the upper edge of the film one eighth of an inch from the edge of the bumper surface. Do not be concerned if the arc of the protection kit does not match the arc of the bumper edge. This is normal and will be dealt with in the next few steps.
3. Once the kit is in position, make a few vertical passes with your squeegee in the middle of the kit to tack the film in place.
4. Now the film is bonded to the paint in the center. Lift the left side and spray the alcohol/water solution closest to the center which is already tacked down. Leave some of the soap/water solution between the plastic and the bumper around the furthest left 12 inches of the kit. You don't want the outer edges of the kit to stick prematurely.
5. Lay the film back down and place your left hand, palm down, onto the surface of the last 12 inches of the kit. Stretch the material outward to the edge of the bumper surface. You will need to watch your alignment around airdams, headlight washers, tow hook openings and/or sensors on the front bumper. Some kits have these areas pre-cut for you, so these openings in the kit need to be aligned properly during installation.
6. While holding the film in position with one hand, use the other hand to squeegee from the middle out along the center of the kit. Continue squeegeeing the upper section until it is securely adhered to the bumper. If the bumper is extremely difficult to stretch you can do this process numerous times, stretching and squeegeeing as you work towards the outer edge. Leave the lower section for now. Stop before you reach the last 12 inches of the kit.
7. Lift the left 12 inches of the kit back up and spray the alcohol and water solution underneath the film.
8. Place the material back down onto the bumper and align the film with the edges of the bumper where necessary and squeegee the area into place. For now, leave any small "fingers" which may have popped up and did not lay down completely. You can go back when you are finished with the rest of the bumper installation.
9. Starting back in the center. Work the lower section of the kit from the center to the left side using downward, 1-2 inch overlapping strokes. Then make another pass from the middle to the left making 1-2 inch strokes over and over until you have reached the bottom. If your bumper has large openings for grilles or airdams, you will need to stretch and align the film around these openings.
10. Repeat steps 4 through 9 for the right side.
11. Finish the kit by wrapping your squeegee in a soft paper towel and tacking down any remaining "fingers".