THANK YOU for purchasing the ND MX-5 Checker Stripe Decal Kit from CravenSpeed. This product is made from the highest grade materials, and is guaranteed to be free from defects.
- 1x Checker Side Stripe, Driver Side
- 1x Checker Side Stripe, Passenger Side
- Denatured Alcohol (may sub isopropyl)
- Soft Lint-Free Cloth
- Squeegee with Microfiber Edge (preferred)
- Utility Spray Bottle
- Dish Soap
- Painter's Tape
- 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 email@example.com for help.
Clean Side Surface and Surrounding Area
Pro Tip: Do not attempt to install your decals in direct sunlight as the heat will soften the vinyl and make the process extremely difficult. A cool, shady location is ideal.
- Let’s start by giving the side rocker area of your ND MX-5 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 couple small drops of dish soap. Shake the bottle thoroughly to mix up your soap/water solution and set it aside.
Prepare the Side Stripe Decals
- Your decals should have come pre-trimmed approx .125" (1/8") around the perimeter of the decal and split into door and quarter panel sections. If they are not, utilize some scissors or x-acto knife and trim them out.
- Utilizing some painters tape, affix the trimmed decals onto the sides of your Miata to confirm overall fitment. There should be approx .250" (1/4") gap along the front, bottom and back edges of the decal from the fender openings and the lower edge of the doors. Add some additional pieces of tape onto your Miata just above the decals so when you remove the decal you'll see where it'll set back on for proper alignment.
- Once you're satisfied with their fit and have an idea of how they'll be positioned when they're applied, set the decals back onto your clean work surface.
Apply the Side Stripe Decals
- Wipe down the side surfaces one final time with your soft, lint-free cloth and peel the decal backing completely off one of the decals so that the sticky adhesive side is exposed. Take care that nothing bumps into the adhesive side while handling the decal.
- Take your utility bottle and spray an even coat of your soap/water solution to both sides 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 rocker surface as well.
- Hold the decal up and lightly set it against the surface of your Mazda. Ease the decal up against the tape marks you left on the side and make sure you retain that consistent spacing all the way around the decal. The soap/water solution should give you the ability to either pull the decal up again or slide it around to line it up precisely.
- If you’re pleased 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 your Mazda and perform the same steps on the other side. This will give the solution time to evaporate a bit and allow the decal adhere to the surface.
- After you've applied the remaining decals to your Mazda, go back around to the first one 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. 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 some areas that will need attention, so use the microfiber side of your squeegee to work the bubbles/creases to the edge of the decal and then soak up the solution with the soft, lint-free cloth.
- 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 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!