InvisiGARD Paint Protection Installation Instructions-Wheel Well & Rocker Panel Protectors

 

Our InvisiGARD Paint Protection product is a simple way to provide the ultimate protection for your vehicle's painted surfaces. With the comprehensive instructions that we provide as well as the installation photos below, you'll see that just about anyone can install this product with ease.
While the vehicle used for these instructions is a Chevrolet Corvette C5, most of the installation tips will apply for other vehicle applications as well.

 

The kit ordered will include comprehensive instructions and a sheet of InvisiGARD precut pieces as shown. Kits with a value of over $50.00 (US) will include a squeegee.

Installation supplies you'll need to gather include two (2) spray bottles, paper towels, denatured alcohol (or methyl hydrate), baby shampoo, scissors (or utility knife) and squeegee.

The reason we suggest baby shampoo is that it contains less detergents than other liquid soap products.

***New***

As an alternative to denatured alcohol (or methyl hydrate) & baby shampoo, try Rapid Tac!

Available in various sizes, this environmentally friendly product can be used as a cleaner, Positioning Solution and Mounting Solution - All in One!

Best of all Rapid Tac stimulates the adhesive to bond in approximately ninety seconds, even in adverse climates such as extreme hot or cold. It will not cause bubbles so there's no returning to poke holes in your work either.

It's what we now use for our local installations!

A note about Installation Conditions

HEADLIGHTS, PAINTED SURFACES AND InvisiGARD PAINT AND HEADLIGHT PROTECTION PRODUCT MUST BE AT OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR INSTALLATION. The key to maximum adhesion is that installation surfaces and InvisiGARD product are at or slightly above room temperature (60-90 degrees F). USE CAUTION NOT TO OVERHEAT SURFACE OR InvisiGARD MATERIAL.

First, using a clean, lint-free wipe (i.e. untreated paper towel), clean ENTIRE area of installation with an adhesive remover to remove waxes, silicones, etc., from surface. Second, clean surface again with glass cleaner (avoid cleaners containing ammonia and/or soaps). Cleaning with DENATURED ALCOHOL will suffice for both previous steps (NOTE: DO NOT USE ISOPROPYL/RUBBING ALCOHOL). Rubbing surface with fingers should yield a "squeaky clean" feeling & sound.

Note: While denatured alcohol is recommended for use in this surface cleaning step, take care not to allow full-strength denatured alcohol to touch the InvisiGARD product. The aggressive nature of this chemical may haze or melt the glossy surface.

A note about Surface Cleanliness

The prior use of synthetic protectants and silicones (i.e. Armorall, Son of a Gun, Rainex, etc.) on the substrate can result in adhesive difficulties. Therefore, special substrate cleaning with a silicone removal agent (i.e. 3M #08984 General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner, Denatured Alcohol, etc.) may be required, perhaps repeatedly. A final cleaning with DENATURED ALCOHOL is recommended with thorough drying of surface. Clean surface until all slick feel on the substrate is gone. Always test any cleaner on inconspicuous area first for any reactions to surface finishes.

Pre-fitting is suggested. As shown above, you'll be receiving the InvisiGARD product on a sheet. Carefully trim backing sheet around each individual piece with a scissors or utility knife (be careful not to cut into the InvisiGARD). Once trimmed, "dry fit" each piece to get an idea of how they are to be installed. Due to the nature of the InvisiGARD product, some of the pieces may appear smaller or shorter than the actual area of installation, however you'll be stretching them into place in the installation process.

Mix a spray bottle full of Positioning Solution using just a few drops of baby shampoo in a bottle full of warm water. Positioning Solution will help you "slide" the InvisiGARD into place on the larger pieces such as the one shown. Smaller pieces may not require this solution and can simply be applied with Mounting Solution as described below.

Once solution is mixed, spray area of installation well.

Installation Tip:

To reduce the possibility of unwanted fingerprints in the adhesive system of the InvisiGARD, keep hands wet with Positioning or Mounting solution.

After you spray the area, peel the InvisiGARD from the backing paper and spray the adhesive side with the solution.

Once both contact surfaces are sprayed with solution, "slide" the piece of InvisiGARD into place. Remember that the piece may be smaller or shorter than the actual area. In this case, "slide" the piece into the best possible fit, keeping in mind that you'll be stretching the InvisiGARD into place in the final step.

When you feel the InvisiGARD is in place, set a "hinge" point by squeegeeing the piece at the center. When using a squeegee, keep in mind that you are making an effort to force air and solution out from between the two contact surfaces. Spraying a little solution on the outside of the InvisiGARD will allow the squeegee to slide over the surface easier.

Once the "hinge" point is set, lift one side of the InvisiGARD and spray both the area and the adhesive side of the InvisiGARD thoroughly with Mounting Solution. Mounting solution consists of a 50/50 mixture of warm water and denatured alcohol.

Carefully lay the InvisiGARD into place and proceed to squeegee the piece from the center "hinge" point. Remember, spraying a little solution on the outside of the InvisiGARD will allow the squeegee to slide over the surface easier.

A unique property of our InvisiGARD product is it's ability to "stretch" into place. Thus, as you work the protector around the edges on compound curves, our product will "snap" into where it needs to go. Firmly squeegee the protector out to the edges as shown.

Lift the rest of the InvisiGARD piece and spray both painted and InvisiGARD adhesive surfaces thoroughly with Mounting Solution.

Carefully reset InvisiGARD and s-t-r-e-t-c-h it into place while at the same time working the air and solution out with a squeegee.

Please Note: Installed crooked? Don't despair. InvisiGARD can be lifted and reset - even if you squeegeed it down. Just remember to apply more Mounting Solution prior to resetting with a squeegee.

Set the front edge of the remaining Rocker Panel protector so that it closely fits along the edge of the Wheel Well protector. You'll have to stretch the Rocker Panel protector up in an effort to match the pieces together. Once set into place, firmly squeegee the edges.

Once the front edge of the Rocker Panel protector is set, firmly squeegee remaining portion towards the rear of the vehicle.

While the majority of the installation is complete, you may realize the material "puckering" at the outside bottom corner/edge. Simply let the piece air dry completely (do not rush the drying process by using a heat gun) and set the puckered area with your thumb. Small relief cuts in the InvisiGARD may be required to set the material in place.

Simple As That!

ALLOW ADHESIVE TO SET OR CURE FOR AT LEAST 72 HOURS BEFORE WASHING THE SURFACES. As a rule, any visible grainy images in the film (after thoroughly rubbing out the film) will cure out within that 72 hour period. MANUFACTURER AND/OR DISTRIBUTOR CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPROPER INSTALLATION.  IMPORTANT: ROUTINE CLEANING OF InvisiGARD WITH A PLASTIC CLEANER/POLISH WILL HELP PREVENT ROAD CONTAMINANTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL FALLOUT FROM ACCUMULATING AND DULLING FILM SURFACE.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PURCHASER.

The manufacturer and seller of this product believe this product to be suitable and to have the necessary characteristics to serve itís intended purpose based upon the technical information, testing and statements herein, which we believe to be reliable, however, the completeness and accuracy thereof is not guaranteed. Manufacturer and seller make no warranties, expressed or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability for this product and fitness for any purpose. Manufacturer's and sellerís sole obligation shall be the replacement of that portion of this product proven to be defective. Before using this product, user shall examine and determine the suitability of this product for user's intended purpose and assumes all risk and liability whatsoever related to its use. Neither Manufacturer NOR SELLER SHALL BE LIABLE, EITHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT for THE USE Of, MISUSE, OR INABILITY TO USE THIS PRODUCT. THIS SHALL COVER ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL RELATED TO THE USE Of THIS PRODUCT. No recommendation or statement outside of this notice shall have any effect or force except in writing signed by authorized officers or manufacturer and seller.

 
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