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
- 1x Squeegee
- Denatured Alcohol (may sub isopropyl)
- Soft Lint-Free Cloth
- Paper Towels
- Painters Tape
- Utility Spray Bottle
- Dish Soap
- X-acto Blade
NOTE: We strongly recommend reading through the entirety of these instructions beforehand so that you are aware of the complete procedure and can plan accordingly. The process described is termed the ‘Wet Method’ for applying vinyl decals. There is a wealth of information online that covers this procedure and we suggest researching it further if you require a more in-depth explanation of the process.
Clean Bumper 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 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
- Lay out the decals on a flat work surface and trim the paper down to approx .250 (¼) around the perimeter of the decals with a razor knife.
- 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 knife 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 knife to carefully lift the edges so they stick 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.You may even be able to slide it around.
- Once you’re pleased with its positioning, start from the middle and gently squeegee the soap/water solution out from under the decal. Use paper towels to clean up any excess solution while you work the decal down.
- Once you’ve fully squeegeed the decal down, gently peel the transfer paper off of the tail light at an extreme angle to facilitate separation of the vinyl from the paper.
- Once you have the paper backing completely removed, inspect the decal for any creases or solution bubbles. If your application has no bubbles whatsoever, congratulations! You are a master and should consider opening your own car-wrapping business! In all likelihood however, you’re probably going to have bubbles to some extent that will need attention. Use the felt side of the squeegee to work the bubbles to the edge of the decal and then soak up the solution with a paper towel.
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 blade. 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!