This video shows you how to apply Mountain Bike Stickers using the wet method. Before you start, make sure you have everything ready to go and that the bike frame itself is not cold. (Read why below…it’s super important!)
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How To Apply Your Decals
Use a lint free cloth, bug & tar remover or white spirits and clean where the sticker is going to be applied.
Then use the 100% Alcohol and make sure it’s super clean! If there’s even the tiniest bit of dirt, silicon spray, grease or oil on the surface, the stickers will not stick.
For the spray mixture you are going to spray onto the sticker and frame during the application process, you will need a clean spray bottle and a soapy water based mixture.
To make this mixture, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to roughly a litre of filtered water (preferably) and put it into the spray bottle.
Spray a little mist spray of the baby shampoo/water mix on the sticker and the area where you’re going to apply the sticker and on your hands. (This will prevent finger prints on the stickers)
Apply the sticker, use a squeegee or your fingers and start to squeeze out the bubbles and excess water. Be patient and persistent with the sticker, the bubbles will come out. As the water mix starts to dry, the sticker will start to stick. If the sticker lifts, keep pressing and kneading it down, it will stick. Watch the technique in the video.
For a super stick use a hairdryer to warm up the sticker (not melting hot) keep rubbing down on the sticker whilst doing this. It activates the glue even more for the super stick.
Once fitted and all work is done, keep the stickers dry and warm for 24 hours, this allows the glue to fully go off and fully stick.
Stickers do not like cold surfaces. If it’s winter, or the weather is cooler, do not attempt to apply your stickers to your bike in a garage or shed, unless the room is warm or the bike is inside the house in a warm room.
For best results, gently warm up the surface area you are applying the sticker to, with a heat gun or hair-dryer, before applying the stickers. Once the surface is warm, apply the stickers to the warm surface. Leave in a warm room for 24 hours afterwards so the glue sets properly and you avoid potential edge lifting. Happy application!