THANK YOU for purchasing the Roof Trim Protector for the Fiat 500 from CravenSpeed. This product is made from the highest grade materials, and is guaranteed to be free from defects.
- 1 x Roof Protector Decal
- 1 x Microfiber Squeegee
- Denatured or Isopropyl Alcohol
- Microfiber Cloth
- Paper Towels
- Spray Bottle
- Utility Knife or X-Acto blade
- Tape Measure
- Pen or Marker
NOTE: The installation of the protector is fairly straightforward, but we always recommend reading through the entire instructions before you begin. It's good to have an understanding of the whole process while performing any installation so that you may prepare and plan accordingly. It should be performed in a clean and well lit area and on a clean car.
Prepare the Decal
- First we're going to make the decal a bit easier to work with. Lay out the decal on a flat work surface and cut out the decal with an Exacto/utility knife. You want to leave about a quarter inch of spacing around the black decal.
Clean and Prep the Roof Trim Panel.
- Now that the decal is ready, we'll turn our attention to the car. Using a microfiber towel and some alcohol, clean the roof panel. Make sure the panel is completely free of any lint or dust, as these will show through the vinyl. Avoid touching the panel with your hand once it's clean.
- Fill up the spray bottle with some soapy water. We'll use this solution as a lubrication on the vinyl to give us room to adjust the positioning.
Install the vinyl
- Spray down the trim panel with your soapy water solution. Then peel the backing off the vinyl and give that a good spray as well.
- With everything sprayed down, we're ready to lay down the vinyl. If your 500 has a sunroof, that's a great spot to work from. If not, you might need to grab a friend to assist in this step. Hold the vinyl in position and gently lay it down onto the trim piece. Because of the spray, you've got a couple shots at this. You can reposition the vinyl as needed.
- Once your happy with the position, you can start pressing down the vinyl. You can do a gentle pass by hand first. When pressing down and squeegeeing the vinyl, you always want to work from the middle out. Never start on an edge and push toward the center. If you need to, you can still pull the vinyl up and readjust.
- Inspect the corners to make sure everything is lined up properly. Readjust as needed.
- Once you've got it lined up, you can begin to squeegee out all of the spray solution. Once you squeegee an area, you won't be able to move it anymore. Start in the middle of the car and work your way out. The goal is to run the squeegee over the entire surface in order to squeeze out both air bubbles and the spray solution. When working the edges, you always want to start from the middle of the vinyl and move outward past the edge. Never start the squeegee off of the vinyl. You'll mostly want to use the microfiber side of the squeegee.
- Take your time and work over the entire surface. Be sure to wipe up any sqeeze-out with a papertowel as you go over the edges. If you encounter an air bubble, use the plastic side of the squeegee to push the bubble to the closest edge.
- Once you've squeegeed the entire surface, wipe up any remaining solution and let everything sit for 20-30 minutes.
- Now for the fun part, time to peel off the transfer paper! Start in any corner and peel up the white transfer paper. It's best to pull the paper 180 degrees directly away from where you started.
- Wipe up any remaining solution and inspect again for air bubbles. If you can, push them to the edge so they dissipate. If you can't get the bubble to budge, use the point of an Exacto blade to poke a small hole in the bubble. Smooth it out with the microfiber side of the squeegee. A lot of the smaller imperfections will dissappear on their own once the car sits in the sun.