StickerFab 3D Carbon License Plate Panel Overlays - 2015-2020 Subaru WRX / STI
Wow, here's an affordable way to change up the rear end of your vehicle. This area also seems to catch a lot of dust which sometimes leaves small rust spots. Keep it protected with this large vinyl piece.
Not All Materials are Created Equally
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.
Soapy water is required for installation of part A. Please see the photo of how much soap we used on the back of the vinyl.
If you are installing this in very hot conditions, the sun can cause the vinyl to stretch more than you wanted it to. In that case, find an area outside of direct sunlight.
You will want to look at all of the photos. They will give you an idea of the placement of both pieces. This installation is broken down into two parts. Part A is the main piece and considered easy to install. As long as you keep the back soapy, it is fairly easy to reposition the vinyl. Part B is for more advanced installers and probably requires the use of a hair dryer or heat gun on low heat.
Remove your license plate. Clean the placement area and make sure it is free of dirt, debris, and wax. Align the holes just like our photo. The spacing around the license plate mounting holes is also visible in our photos. Squeegee out the air and soapy water with your fingers only. Use of your fingers will make sure you do not damage the vinyl.
A part A only installation looks great, but some will opt to continue to part B. Part B does have a notch in the center just to aide in installation. Try to center this up as much as possible and then work your way out to one side.
To even things out, you will probably have to lift up on the vinyl several times and reposition it so try not to push the ends down until you're almost complete. Should it be warm and you stretch the vinyl a little bit, you may have to trim the ends with scissors (photo available). This is the same scenario if you use a hair dryer or heat gun to purposely stretch the vinyl. Stretching the vinyl helps get it to cover the areas you want to get covered. The initial alignment dictates how much stretching is required. If you applied this piece 20 times, you would probably do it differently each time. The heat can also aide in stretching out any areas that want to crease.
You can guide the vinyl a bit by using slight pressure as you apply it. Be patient. Make small corrections as you go.
There are various extra pieces that are there only if you need to correct a mistake you made. Whether you somehow didn't cover everything you wanted to cover up, or if you get a snag in the vinyl later on down the road. Should these unlikely things happen, you have a little extra vinyl.
V1 3D Carbon License Plate Panel Black Out Overlays - 2015-2020 Subaru WRX / STI