Toyota stripes and decals – discontinued factory stripe kits, logos, graphics and decals. electricity out

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Large decals SHOULD NOT be applied to fresh paint that is still out-gassing (small solvent bubbles may occur in decal – This is NOT covered by warranty).  2-3 days recommended if baked, 5-7 if air cured.  See paint manufactures guidelines for specific times.

    Prep vehicle based on condition.  New paint should be cleaned with an alcohol wipe to remove any dirt or compounds. Factory or non-new paint should be prepped with a tar, wax and grease remover prior to cleaning with alcohol.  After cleaning, tack dust or lint off prior to installation (most kits are printed on clear, allowing dust

    Decal shall be applied with a soapy water solution ( 5 or 6 drops of non fragranced dish soap, not squirts, per quart of water) in a spray bottle.  Ivory or Dawn are suggested for soaps.  Up to 30% of alcohol can added to solution depending on weather conditions to aid

in drying.  Test by spraying on glass, mixture should sheet, not separate into droplets.  If decal grabs too aggressively, add more soap one drop at a time until correct mixture for your conditions is achieved.  Too much soap can compromise the strength of the adhesive.

    After vehicle is cleaned and tacked of any dust or lint build up, remove decal backing and spray both vehicle and adhesive side of decal.  Set in place and work out water solution with a squeegee evenly from the center out.  Remove liner off decal after sufficient setup and dry time has occurred.  Wetting liner can help

    Stripes should be cared for the same way as your paint.  They can be waxed for added protection.  Make sure the wax says that it is vinyl graphic safe.  Most waxes or paint care products without abrasives are safe.  Always rub with the stripe, not against or across.  Never aim a high pressure washer or air nozzle close to or

    Removal of decals varies based on condition of striping on the vehicle.  In general the newer the decal the easier they are to remove and the least amount of image left behind.  Experience is really the only way to assess the best way to remove a stripe, if even possible.  Here are some suggestions though.

    If a stripe is still soft, pliable and not dried out, removal can be done with a heat gun and some pulling.  Gently warm the area ahead of you and pull on the stripe with and shallow stretching motion.  Do not pull out and away from the vehicle (such as at a 90 degree angle) for this will leave behind more glue for you to clean

off.  After stripe is removed use a solvent such as Xylol or Xylene which can be found at most hardware stores.  Be careful however, this usually won’t hurt factory paint,  but it might damage repaints.  Test an area first.  If the rag drags on the paint or starts to leave marks, use a milder solvent.  Soak the glue area till it softens with a solvent wet rag.  Rub

    If stripe is dry and or cracked, a vinyl and adhesive removal tool, such as the 2 versions by 3M, will be needed.  They can be used by a do it yourselfer, but is better left to a professional at a stripe specialty facility such as Auto Trim Design.  These methods can quickly damage paint (especially older or

repaints) if not familiar with there effects.  After stripe and glue is removed with removal wheels, there will be some glue residue that will need to be cleaned in the same manner listed above.  Older stripe however will leave a scar in the paint that will either need to be recovered or repainted.  Adding a little rubbing compound to your final cleaning rag will help diminish the scar and

print method and/or fading, look better if whole side or logo is replaced.  A few kits were made from tracings of oem installed stripes and have our own blend or fade pattern.  Most customers would probably never notice, unless under close scrutiny

** We have most programmed most kits based on demand and need.  Kits that still need to be programmed (NPY) will take longer before they will ship.  Time will vary based on kit.  James Dean Creations has no, nor implies affiliation with Toyota of America.