Surprising as it seems, watching this video and reading the instructions will help you achieve better results in fitting your Frameskin kit. You can also download a How To Guide. The aim of careful installation is to have no air or water trapped under the film.
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1. The supplied mini squeegee will assist in chasing bubbles/water from beneath the film as you apply it to the frame. Your will also find your fingers do a very good job at walking the film to down on the frame.
2. A container of hot water with a few of drops of dish washing liquid (Solution)
3. A hair dryer.
4. A spray bottle filled with water. The parts diagram is labelled to be as descriptive as possible, but take your time to work out just where each piece goes. Move the handlebars and work the rear suspension to view how the cables travel across and lay against the frame. If you are uncertain which way up a particular decal goes contact us. The bigger the decal, the more challenging it can be, so start small and gain confidence and experience as you go.
CLEAN YOUR FRAME
Make sure the frame is thoroughly cleaned and free of grit/grease/oil/lint. Clean it twice to be sure. Pay particular attention to areas like the head tube, bottom bracket and drive side stays (anywhere grease and lubricant are used) as any residual grease and lubricant will affect adhesion. Make sure your hands are very clean and wet your fingers before handling the adhesive side.
Spray a mist of water onto the area of frame you are applying the decal to. Dip your fingers into the solution, then peel the decal from its backing. Now run the the decal through the solution, wetting it thoroughly. Position the decal over the frame as accurately as possible to where you want it and from one end, use your fingers to press one end of the material onto the frame. Using the squeegee (and your fingers) to walk the material down onto the frame making sure it follows the line you have chosen and that no air bubbles are trapped underneath. Work from the centre line of the decal outwards, use the squeegee or your fingers to expel any bubbles. You may use a hair dryer to evaporate excess moisture and to help the film conform to the frame. Note: Because the decal is wet, this can take a little while... so take your time (press your thumb on it) and do the best job you can. Let the decals dry fully (at least a few hours or overnight). We recommend you inspect your job at this point to ensure that all the edges are sitting down (as any residual moisture will have evaporated off by now). You can press any raised edges down with your fingers.
If you wish to remove or replace the decals at some point in the future, do not just yank them off. Doing so can remove clear coat or paint. Warm the decal with a hair dryer as this softens the adhesive. Use your fingernail to lift an edge and slowly peel the decal off. Take care, and take your time. Note: Touch up paint under the decal may come off with the adhesive. Beer will not make this job any easier, but that’s no reason not to have a one.