3D Carbon 2022+ WRX Hood Scoop Overlay
We actually got the design inspiration from a Japanese hood scoop overlay. Working with overseas suppliers we have stumbled upon a lot of interesting products. A little vinyl in the right places can really make your vehicle stick out compared to any stock vehicle!
This material is durable and will last for years. We source the vinyl for these products from US suppliers. They are often made in the US or Europe. Material standards are high.
For the 3D Carbon material, do not apply wax. Just clean with normal soap and water. The appearance can be further enhanced a lot by the use of 303 Aerospace Cleaner.
NOTE: This comes in three pieces for ease of installation
NOT ALL MATERIALS ARE CREATED EQUALLY
CUSTOMER MESSAGE - "Got them just now, thanks for including a(n) extra set! I've had 2 sets of CF look ones from another seller and silver stars kept peeling and the carbon look faded really bad."
When purchasing vinyl overlays, keep in mind that not all materials are created equally. I use premium vinyl which has high initial costs, but are the industry standards for high quality materials. Also made in the USA. - Dragon Wrap™ Carbon Fiber Films (3D Carbon) is a 5.6 mil calendered vinyl film featuring a clear repositionable permanent acrylic adhesive on an air-egress liner. This film has excellent dimensional stability, outstanding durability and outdoor performance. - This repositionable permanent adhesive offers minimal initial bond growing to permanent bonds that facilitates application of large graphics. The air egress liner also aids in large graphic application. - Minimum application temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. - Up to 5 year durability outdoors. Rated EXCELLENT for WATER RESISTANCE, HUMIDITY RESISTANCE, and SOLVENT RESISTANCE.
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Clean the surface of the hood. Do not use a cleaner that contains wax. Install in 75-85 degree weather. If it is really warm, stay in the shade to control the stretching of the vinyl and drying of the fluid.
The easiest way to apply this is to wet the back of the vinyl. You can even use a little soap. This will allow you to slide the vinyl around, but will require the use of heat to really make it stick. This method is highly recommended. Our pre-mixed StickerFab Fluid works THE BEST. Using heat from a hair dryer or heat gun will be essential. Just make sure you use small amounts of heat and work you way up. If it would burn you, it will probably burn the material.
NOTE: Initial placement of the vinyl will dictate if you have even coverage. Make sure you are able to center the vinyl.
Start with the smaller overlay. Spray the surface of the hood scoop and vinyl with StickerFab application fluid. Center the overlay up on the hood scoop and start pushing out all the water / soap with your fingers and then the felt tip squeegee. Continue until you reach the corners. Do not worry about the outer edges for the moment. The fluid will need to dry out prior to being able to get the vinyl to stick to these areas.
Now spray the larger area of the hood scoop and remaining vinyl. Center the overlay up on the hood scoop and start pushing out all the water / soap with your fingers and then the felt tip squeegee. Continue until you reach the corners. Do not worry about the outer edges for the moment. The fluid will need to dry out prior to being able to get the vinyl to stick to these areas.
Now work the corners of the smaller piece. Then you can follow up with the corners of the larger piece. Check any remaining edges and wrap them around the sides of the hood scoop if needed.
Should anything come up in the few hours after install, just use heat immediately to press it down. Over time the bond becomes stronger and the water you used will evaporate completely.
The DIY install will leave you proud of the work you've done. A great conversation piece as others will probably want to know how you did it all.