2008-2014 Subaru WRX/STI - Tail Light Trim Accent Overlay
There is finally a way to change up the look of your Sedan tails without having to do a full retrofit. Unlike most ebay or amazon vendors, Premium Auto Styling vinyl overlays are designed and produced here in the USA in our own facility. We design and test fit all products to ensure fitment guaranteeing you the best results . Basically, if they don’t work on our cars, they’re not going to end up on yours. If you are looking for an inexpensive styling modification, or you just want to change up the factory look, it's a great idea to checkout this vinyl overlay.
TOOLS REQUIRED: PRO FELT SQUEEGEE, HEAT GUN or Warm Sunny Day to Post Heat the product
PART 1 - DRY INSTALL BASICS: Getting the vinyl installed on your vehicle is very easy and only requires minimal tools. For Best results we recommend cleaning the surface that you'll be applying our overlays too, cleaning should consist of removal of any waxes, dirt and or debris. For the cleaning process a clay bar is highly recommended: CLEANING PREP SPRAY & CLAY BAR's SOLD HERE). Before you begin installation of any vinyl overlays please make sure you are working in the right conditions, you should never install vinyl in direct sunlight, never apply vinyl in temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold. Our in-house expert installers say the optimum temperature for installing vinyl is between 65 and 72 degrees (F). Vinyl can be installed in temperatures as low as 65 degrees (F), and up to 90 degrees (F). Vinyl has a more difficult time conforming and staying in place in colder temperatures though, which is why we recommend waiting until temperatures warm up or install in a temperature controlled environment.
PART 2: Once you have completed part one - dry install basics, you can move onto this step. Something that will help your placement in the long run is to gently tack the upper arm of the overlay into place without giving it any tension simply to keep it out of the way and from sticking onto the rest of the overlay until you are finished placing the first step. Start by aligning the top outer corner of the overlay to the tail light, once placed shift your attention to the bottom outer corner, if your placement on your top corner is to high you will end up with red showing, this may take a few placements to get just right so be cautious of not letting the entirety of the overlay stick into place right away.
Once the top and bottom outer corners have been placed the next step will be to lay the bottom portion of the overlay without any wrinkles or excess material bunching up. To do this, hold the overlay from the inner lower portion, the edge of the overlay that faces the trunk of the vehicle, and keep tension on it, not enough to warp the material, but just enough to keep it taught.
Now with your focus starting on the bottom outer corner begin to lay the lower portion of the overlay into place all while keeping tension on it as specified before. Once you have placed this section you can continue on to the top portion of the overlay with the same technique, with one added factor. With no tension applied, lay the first 3 inches of the top portion of the overlay nearest to the outer corner before the tail light starts to make its bend towards the inner corner. This is when you will apply light tension, again while being careful not to stretch the material but just giving enough to cause horizontal tension which will help in the squeegeeing process next because it reduces vertical wrinkles. Conform the top arm of the overlay around the bend using this method until you have reached the upper inner corner of the tail light. Now that the entire overlay has been placed move onto the squeegeeing step. This involves using firm pressure with a pro-felt squeegee on the entirety of the vinyl overlay starting from the center and moving outwards. Doing so will decrease the chance of air becoming trapped under the vinyl.
Now that the overlay is fully installed you can remove the transfer tape, start in one corner and pull the transfer tape back onto itself. Do not pull the transfer tape away from the vinyl, pull it downwards. This will result in less likelihood of the vinyl staying on the transfer tape. If a piece of the vinyl does not come off of the transfer tape, STOP pulling immediately, set the transfer tape back into place, squeegee that area again and then continue until it is fully removed.
Tuck any excess you have on the tail light, or trim by using a new sharp blade in the negative space between the tail light and the body of the vehicle. Open the trunk, tuck the excess material around the edge and then trim for a nice clean finish. Go back over the entirety of the overlay with a squeegee to insure all air has been removed from underneath the vinyl, and then all that is left to do is use a heat gun to post heat the material, or leave the vinyl in the warm sun for a couple of hours to set completely.
• Automotive Grade Adhesive backed vinyl with air release technology for easy installation and removal.
• Car wash safe.
• Can be removed without any damage to surface.
• 1-3 year life expectancy.
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DIFFICULTY RATING: 3/5
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