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Old 02-13-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Side Gill Install Help

I was wondering if anyone can help me with this. Now i have never dealt with vinyl. I am ordering these side gills http://www.ridergraphix.com/2010_Cam...lackoutIIa.jpg and i would much appreciate if someone game me a step by step on how to install properly
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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Clean the surface thoroughly with a non wax cleaner. Dish soap and water comes to mind.

1. Get some painters' tape (blue stuff that comes off really easy)
2. align the vinyl in the gill slit and tape the vinyl in place about halfway down
3. pull the top part away from the car and separate the backing from the vinyl and cut it off
4. while holding the top end of the now backless vinyl and keeping it inline with the gill slit, press into place from the middle where you have the tape

Worked like a charm for me!!

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Old 02-13-2010, 08:06 PM   #3
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i heard something about using soapy water on the back of the vinyl what is that all about?
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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makes it easier to move the vinyl around till you get it where you want it

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Old 02-13-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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i heard something about using soapy water on the back of the vinyl what is that all about?
It is called a "wet" install. It allows you to move the piece around to line it up. This requires that you squeegee the mix out from under the piece and if done incorrectly can cause scratches and tearing etc.

This is usually reserved for large items like my front valance blackout shown here that would be hard to get aligned the first shot:

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Old 02-13-2010, 08:20 PM   #6
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That will make it so you can move it around...you'll need to squeegee it out once it's set in place. I know a good video for installing them..I'll link you in a bit when my wife is off the computer.
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:23 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot guys
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:35 PM   #8
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:00 PM   #9
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Thanks great video....were can i buy that squeegee and rapidtac?
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:13 PM   #10
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here:
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:58 PM   #11
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I installed the the vinyl fade to black vent gills. I like them, here my vents.




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Old 02-20-2010, 07:07 PM   #12
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I think I will try a dry install since it doesn't look too difficult from the youtube video.

However, I have some questions about the wet version. I tried a "wet" install on my previous car for some headlight overlays, and recently I tried the wet install for the rear and front chevy bowties. In both cases, the results weren't very pretty - there are lots of micro bubbles that almost look like trapped dirt particles. I did clean the area beforehand with alcohol. I'm afraid to try the wet method with my side gill overlays because I don't want the same tiny bubble effect. A needle does help reduce the bubbles some, but there are too many really small bubbles to eliminate them via needle; for the headlight overlays the bubbles never went away even 2 months later before I eventually removed them for looking like crap. Any advice on what I did wrong or are all wet installs prone to this? Does the spray one uses really matter? I was using water with a little bit of baby shampoo for the install.

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Old 02-20-2010, 07:40 PM   #13
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I think I will try a dry install since it doesn't look too difficult from the youtube video.

However, I have some questions about the wet version. I tried a "wet" install on my previous car for some headlight overlays, and recently I tried the wet install for the rear and front chevy bowties. In both cases, the results weren't very pretty - there are lots of micro bubbles that almost look like trapped dirt particles. I did clean the area beforehand with alcohol. I'm afraid to try the wet method with my side gill overlays because I don't want the same tiny bubble effect. A needle does help reduce the bubbles some, but there are too many really small bubbles to eliminate them via needle; for the headlight overlays the bubbles never went away even 2 months later before I eventually removed them for looking like crap. Any advice on what I did wrong or are all wet installs prone to this? Does the spray one uses really matter? I was using water with a little bit of baby shampoo for the install.
i don't think the type of soap, but the anount of soap to water ratio does. usually only a couple of drops to an average size spray bottle. i always use dawn soap.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:01 AM   #14
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That's a great pic
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:46 AM   #15
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That's a great pic
Thanks. It was one of those pics where I was trying to get the gills and the front and rear quarter lines for my nephew to see. And when I dumped it out to the pc from the camera, I was like "Wow that's cool".
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:52 AM   #16
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Are these stuck on there really well? Has anyone had a corner/edge peel up?
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Are these stuck on there really well? Has anyone had a corner/edge peel up?
Can't speak for all the brands out there but the ones I got from Ridergrafix have gnarly adhesive and they are on there really well. I only wash my car by hand and low pressure spray and so far after 4 months no probs. Can't say how they'll hold up to car washes or higher spray pressures if you do that sort of thing.

Just make sure you clean the area VERY well before applying...
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They look MEAN. I likey. But I'd hate to have them come off after a powerwash. I wonder if anyone has had them painted on?
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