THANK YOU for purchasing the MINI F54/F56/F60 Union Jack Tail Light Decals from CravenSpeed. This product is made from the highest grade materials, and is guaranteed to be free from defects.
- 1 pr Union Jack Decals
- Denatured Alcohol (may sub isopropyl)
- Soft, Lint-Free Cloth
- Painters Tape
- Utility Spray Bottle
- Dish Soap
- X-acto Knife or Scissors
NOTE: Installing vinyl decals may seem like an intimidating task, but we have developed this instructional guide to make the process much easier than it sounds. In the unlikely event your decal application goes awry, we offer one-time $5 mulligan kit on each purchase made directly through the CravenSpeed.com website. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Clean Tail Light Surface and Surrounding Area
- Let’s start by giving your MINI tail lights a thorough cleaning in preparation for the decals. Once the surface is dry, wipe down the area again with some denatured alcohol applied to a soft, lint-free cloth. (Isopropyl alcohol is an acceptable substitute)
- Take a utility spray bottle, fill it with water and add a few small drops of dish soap. Shake the bottle and thoroughly mix up your solution.
Prepare the Tail Light Decals
- If the decals have not been trimmed already, lay them face up on a flat work surface and trim them down to approx .250" (¼") around the perimeter of the decal with your x-acto knife or scissors.
- Bring the decal over to your tail light and set it against the lens to check fitment. The ¼" paper border you trimmed around the decal should allow you to center it fairly accurately onto the tail light. Temporarily tape the decal into place and step back to visually inspect the fitment.
Apply the Tail Light Decals
- Have your soap/water solution bottle and X-acto Blade within reach. Ensure that the lens surface is still clean, then pivot up the decal and carefully peel the paper backing completely off to expose the sticky-side of the decal. If parts of the decal want to remain on the wrong side of the paper, use your X-acto blade to carefully lift the edges so they stay stuck to the transfer paper.
- Take your utility bottle and spray an even coat of your soap/water solution to the adhesive side of the decal. It doesn’t need to be completely soaked… it just needs enough for you to be able to readjust the decal if you don’t set it down perfectly straight on the first try. Spray some of the soap/water solution onto the lens of your MINIs tail light as well.
- Pivot the decal back down onto the tail light and do your best to align the decal on the first try. If the positioning is not optimal, pull it up and try again as the soap/water solution should allow you to do so.
- If you’re satisfied with its positioning, start from the middle and gently squeegee the soap/water solution out from under the decal. Use the soft, lint-free cloth to clean up any excess solution while you work the decal down.
- Once the decal is completely positioned and squeegeed down, go around to the other side of your MINI and perform the same steps. This will give the solution time to evaporate a bit and allow the decal adhere to the surface. After you've applied the decal to the second side of your MINI, go back around to the first side and starting at the top corner, begin to peel the transfer paper off of it. Pull the paper back upon itself at an extreme angle to minimize the potential of lifting the decal off the surface of the pillar. If it does begin to pull up with the paper.. don’t be too concerned. Apply the microfiber side of the squeegee directly onto the decal and press it back down. Do not use the plastic edge of the squeegee directly on the vinyl as you'll risk scratching it.
- After you have the transfer paper completely removed, inspect the decal for any creases or solution bubbles. In all likelihood you’re probably going to have bubbles to some extent that will need attention. Use the microfiber side of the squeegee to work the bubbles to the edge of the decal and then soak up the solution with the soft, lint-free cloth.
NOTE: For pesky bubbles that don’t want to slide to the edge, try to combine them by pushing them toward one another and then piercing the vinyl with your x-acto knife. You should then be able to squeegee the solution out through this tiny hole. Any minor bubbles or surface imperfections that you can’t seem to eliminate should disappear over the next couple of weeks as the solution evaporates and the vinyl decal shrinks a wee bit. Leaving the car exposed in the sun will help speed up this process.
Congratulations… your install is complete! Stand back and admire your handiwork!