Please note: Is the sunstrip you purchased from us matte black or white in colour? If yes, then it uses our ‘EZ Apply’ vinyl which is not suitable for wet installation, please dry install only. All other colours of sunstrips are suitable for wet application if desired.
The ‘EZ Apply’ technology on the matte black and white vinyl means it has invisible air channels underneath, this allows air to freely escape and thus easier to install without the worry of air bubbles. Due to the nature of this vinyl, we strongly advise against wet installing as this may have adverse effects on the adhesion process.
Please follow our guide below on how to dry install. If you’re unsure, we always recommend seeking professional installation – unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for any errors caused during the installation process.
Step 1: Windscreen prep
To start, give the windscreen a good clean using a microfibre cloth to ensure no dirt, dust, grease or residue remains (clay bar is recommended for best results). Be sure to remove any waxes, gloss protectors or enhancers before you install, as these can all prevent adhesion to the surface. We recommend using rubbing alcohol or good old fashioned soap and hot water (be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after with clean water). Do not use any dedicated glass cleaners as these leave a slick coating on the surface which will prevent adhesion. Cold or damp weather? Best to wait for a more favourable day, as a damp or cold atmosphere can hamper adhesion and significantly reduce the life of your sunstrip.
Step 2: Measure twice, fit once
Offer up the sunstrip to the glass, position and secure with masking tape. If you’re after perfect placement then a tape measure is your friend, measure and then measure again! Try to use key points on the windscreen that are symmetrical either side as guides to ensure you get the sunstrip level and centered.
Once you’re happy with your placement, go ahead and create a ‘hinge’ point vertically down the center of the sunstrip using masking tape.
Step 3: One side at a time!
Peel the backing paper off one side, up to the center hinge point. Cut off the paper (DO NOT TEAR as this will leave paper particles that can get stuck or trapped under the vinyl and will create an irremovable air pocket, SCISSORS are advised) near the hinge point. You’re now ready to apply one side.
Step 4: Squeegee Time
Squeegee the banner to the glass working from the center hinge point outwards, applying reasonable pressure. If you get any air bubbles or creases, lift the vinyl up slightly and try again. Squeegee to the top and edge of the screen but don’t trim any excess yet. The EZ apply vinyl can be very forgiving when removing any creases, air bubbles can be easily worked out of the vinyl.
This process is possible to achieve by yourself, just take your time. Otherwise we do recommend getting a friend to help you. In this instance, one holding the vinyl taught with both hands, the other using the squeegee to apply to the windscreen. Patience is key for best results.
Step 5: Repeat for the other side
Now repeat the previous step for the other side. You’ll need to move the taped hinge point, remove the final half of backing paper and apply working center outwards.
Step 6: Trim, Safety First
Before proceeding with this step, ensure you’ve squeegee’d the vinyl as much as possible up to the edge of the glass. Use a sharp craft knife to trim the excess vinyl at the edge, being careful not to cut yourself, or any rubber seals on the edge of your windscreen.
Once you’ve installed your sunstrip, we advise against washing the car/exposure to moisture for 48 hours (longer times may be required in lower temperature seasons/countries), it’s best to allow maximum time for the material to adhere to the surface properly to ensure the longevity of the sunstrip.
We also advise against using your wiper blades until the sunstrip has had time to fully adhere to the surface (unless you absolutely have to – safety first, of course). Once the sunstrip has fully cured to the surface, it’s very unlikely that your wiper blade will remove it, assuming it was properly installed following our steps above.