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Installation of Vehicle Stripes & Graphics can seem to be an easy project, but you may be surprised!

There are many things to consider when you are thinking of doing this yourself. The first and most important would be, the warranty.

Universal Products Recommended Application Instructions

The following are the application instructions recommended by Universal Products. These procedures must be followed prior to any consideration by Universal Products in regard to replacement or credit. Failure to follow instructions listed below may result in product failure and be considered non-warrantable. Please note that any horizontal application of products, such as a vehicle hood or roof, is never warrantable.

Cleaning Procedures:

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 cloth must be used between each of the cleaning steps to prevent cross-contamination.

  • Remove heavy road grime or tar using a solvent such as acetone. Repeated use of such solvents may cause damage to painted surfaces. Test for negative reaction on an inconspicuous area of the vehicle.
  • 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.
  • After the detergent wash, use Universal Products' TFX cleaner and a clean, lint-free towel or cloth. If you choose you may finish the process by wiping down the entire area with isopropyl alcohol. Again use a clean, lint-free towel or cloth.

Temperature Recommendations:

  • Surface temperatures should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit before attempting the installation. As a general rule, if the surface is hot to the touch it's 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.

Application Procedures:

  • Do not excessively stretch pin stripe during the application. This is the main cause of end lift. Pull the stripe only as taut as necessary to keep a straight line.
  • Because vinyl is a pressure-sensitive product, a squeegee must be used for all installations.
    - Apply graphics using a squeegee. After the application tape/premask is removed, squeegee a second time focusing mainly on the edges and tips.
    You may want to use a protective sleeve on the squeegee to avoid damage to the paint.
    - Pin stripe can be laid down initially using your thumb. However, after the application tape is removed, a squeegee must be used on all cut ends including door breaks as well as the ends of the stripe.
  • When removing the application tape/premask, always pull it slowly, back onto itself, at a 180-degree angle.
    Bubbles should be punctured using a sharp air release tool. Do not slit the vinyl to release the air. If the vinyl is slit it will spread or gap.
  • The cutting or trimming of any stripe or graphic should be done using a very sharp knife and very little pressure. Any openings, such as doors, should be trimmed back away from edges at least 1/8 of an inch. Do not wrap the vinyl around door edges.

Universal Products understands the challenges the applicator faces today. The TFX Pro System is a tested and proven process, developed to address these issues. We recommend you adopt this as your standard practice.

Beaver Stripes Does Installations !!

Weather it be one car, truck or SUV or a whole fleet we can handle the installation. We have the people with experience and knowledge to give you a professional job that will last. Please refer back to our graphics page, or contact us with your questions and needs. Below are some more installation in progress images so that you may understand the detail and supplies needed to achieve a professional look and finish for your graphics and accessories. We can help you either at our shop or if needed at your location. Again we can also connect you with a local mobile installer that we work with, see our Local Links Page.

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For Racing Stripes, we would not recommend trying this if you do not have experience. Ask many of the dealers we work with to see how many jobs like this we have had to fix from those who do not know how to install this type of graphic. Also we do not recommend using any type of Metallic Vinyl for this style of stripes.

Vehicle Wraps and larger Graphics, are also another task you may not want try with out experience. The second most expensive part of any vehicle wrap is the labor. Take into consideration that when wrapping most of the trim and accessories will need to be removed and reinstalled. Along with understanding the limits of the stretching and pulling of the vinyl being installed to conform to angles and curves. Let us do it!

Golf Cart Graphics Vehicle wraps
Corvette Stripes Front
Corvette Stripes Start
Honda Stripes Before
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Mini Cooper Graphics
Cadillac CTS-V Mustang Pace Car
Go Kart Graphics

 Custom Designs and Desires, That's what we really look forward to and enjoy. We deal with a few dealers in the valley that bring us cars, they can not find any kits for, but send us some kind of starting point, maybe an idea of what they seen and liked, but wanted more specific or less "stand out" for their cars. Cadillac's, Honda's, Corvettes, Mini's and many other makes and models not usually seen with stripes or graphics. We can work with any car , truck van, SUV, Boat, Trailer, Golf Cart, Sand Rail, Race Car or any vehicle, or object that you want to customize or personalize. 

Another thing to keep in mind is your time, how much is it worth? Yeah we charge an hourly professional rate, but that also means that we warrant our work, while if you try it, you may ruin a graphic or two, but worse would be messing up the last piece and you have to buy the whole kit to replace that piece? Think about it... Beaver can help!


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