There are a few basic rules that should be followed to ensure correct adhesion of the vinyl to your scooter. Thorough preparation is the best way to obtain successful results. It is essential that the surface is free from oil, grease, wax, tar, dust and other contaminates. This is a simple process and only takes a few minutes.
 
First wash the substrate thoroughly with warm soapy water, this will remove the dust and dirt.
   
The next step is to remove any petrochemical contaminants such as tar, wax and grease, this can be done by using readily available automotive products found in most motoring shops.
   
The time taken in preparation is the key to success, leaving contaminants on the surface of the substrate is the most common reason for the vinyl failing to adhere.
 
Vinyl Application
 
As a general rule vinyl graphics and lettering should be applied within the temperature range of 8 to 32 degrees Centigrade. Under hot conditions, water can be used to cool the surface, and cold surfaces can be warmed carefully with a hair dryer. (Only a gently heat should be applied to prevent damage to paintwork etc.) Static can be a problem but it is easily overcome by using anti-static wipes, or a light misting of Isopropyl alcohol or water.
 
All graphics supplied by Scoot Graphics for DIY application are pre-spaced on silicon release paper with transfer tape, ready for application to your scooter.
 
There are two basic methods of vinyl application, "wet" and "dry". The most common method for DIY use is the "wet" technique.
 
As a general rule vinyl graphics and lettering should be applied within the temperature range of 8 to 32 degrees Centigrade. Under hot conditions, water can be used to cool the surface, and cold surfaces can be warmed carefully with a hair dryer. (Only a gently heat should be applied to prevent damage to paintwork etc.) Static can be a problem but it is easily overcome by using anti-static wipes, or a light misting of Isopropyl alcohol or water.
 
Before you begin:
 
  Correct positioning is important. The graphic should be positioned prior to removing backing paper to ensure correct alignment of graphic to your scooter. Use a piece of masking tape along the top of the graphic, half on the transfer film and half on the panel. The tape will act as a hinge on the top edge of the graphic.
 
     
Wet Application:
 

 

Lift the graphic on its hinge and pull back the backing paper.

Spray the back of the graphic with water using a hand spray bottle. (The surface can also be sprayed)

 
 
  Slowly lower the transfer tape and allow the graphic to return to its original position. Using a squeegee, start from the top centre, using horizontal strokes to the edge of the graphic. Continue with firm strokes from the centre to the edge, down to the bottom of the graphic, enduring all air is expelled from behind the vinyl to achieve a good adhesive bond.
 
   
Allow ten minutes for the adhesive to cure. Spray the transfer paper with water or application fluid and allow it to penetrate, this should take a few minutes depending on the weather conditions and humidity. Spray the paper once more and allow another minute before removing the transfer paper.
 
To remove the transfer paper, start at one corner and pull back slowly. Once the paper is removed, check for correct adhesion, air bubbles and creases. The graphic can be rubbed down again with a felt squeegee or place the silicon release paper over the decal and use the plastic squeegee. Note: NEVER use the plastic squeegee directly onto the vinyl, it will scratch the vinyl.
 
Dry Application:
 
The dry method requires a fair amount of skill and experience. It is recommended that dry application be used when very thin vinyl (such as mirrored / chrome) or small graphics are to be applied.
 
This method is exactly as above but without the use of water for bonding. Again, preparation is essential.
 
Tips:
 
Air Bubbles: Pricking the bubble with a pin and then using the squeegee to push the air towards the pinhole can remove small air bubbles. (Use a felt squeegee or finger pressure).
 
Rivet Heads: Air bubbles may occur around rivet heads on vehicle, use the above instructions to remove the air. In cold weather the use of a hair dryer will aid adhesion of the vinyl around the rivet head, use a felt squeegee and do not over heat the vinyl.
 
F.A.Q.’s
 
'Will the Vinyl Graphics damage my scooter in any way'?
 

The simple answer to this is NO. Vinyl Graphics are "Semi-permanent". When you want to remove the graphics from the vehicle it can be done so without leaving any damage. The adhesive used is permanent acrylic, which has no effect on the paintwork or body panels.

It is advisable to not leave your scooter in direct sunlight for a prolonged amount of time. This can cause the surrounding paintwork to fade whilst the vinyl lettering will preserve the original colour of the paintwork underneath. This only usually happens after years of long periods of exposure in the sun and can occasionally leave a ‘ghosting’ effect when removed.

 
'Is it weatherproof'?
 
Yes. After application the graphics are resistant to all weather conditions for six years for metallic vinyls, eight years for coloured vinyls and ten years for black & white vinyls