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Finally, a step by step on how to apply my Vinyl Overlays, particularly on curved surfaces! Moderators, feel free to sticky this
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1. Make sure surface is clean before starting.



2. Peel Overlay from backing and dip in a bucket of warm soap and water. I usually squirt just a dab of dishwashing liquid in a bucket and fill it halfway.



3. Carefully place Overlay on surface, and position it.



4. Once you have the Overlay placed exactly where you want it. Start by heating up one end. This will help the vinyl become pliable and easy to work with.



5. Then, take a squeegy or credit card and wrap it in a soft damp cloth to prevent scratching the Overlay. Start by applying pressure from one end and slowly work your way across the center of it.




6. Now, you may be discouraged because of all the wrinkles towards the ends. Don't be. Begin heating the sides up.



7. Now, slowly work your squeegy from the middle outward. Do it slowly. This will ensure the vinyl is dispursed evenly over the surface.


 

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Very nice......now if only I could find some local laws on what is/is not illegal in Virginia.... :sigh:

I just found a few sites and went through a million laws on decals, tinting, etc...but nothing mentioned overlays on front and rear lights. The only thing I found was that the lights have to be visible, in clear weather, from a distance no less than 200 feet from the car.

Are these overlays so dark that the lights won't be visible from any distance like that? I love the look, but would hate to get a stupid ticket over something that's purely for looks. If someone happens to have time to look for the laws on that and finds something I couldn't, please let me know.

(I'm particularly interested in the side-mirror turn signal overlay and the full rear, smoked overlay.)

THANKS!
 

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The side mirror turn signals aren't even required, so you could black them out entirely if you wanted. As for the taillight overlays, you might run into problems with the brightness of the taillights, but I couldn't say for sure.
 

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Originally posted by LoopyLady_1@Nov 16 2004, 09:11 AM
Very nice......now if only I could find some local laws on what is/is not illegal in Virginia.... :sigh:

I just found a few sites and went through a million laws on decals, tinting, etc...but nothing mentioned overlays on front and rear lights. The only thing I found was that the lights have to be visible, in clear weather, from a distance no less than 200 feet from the car.

Are these overlays so dark that the lights won't be visible from any distance like that? I love the look, but would hate to get a stupid ticket over something that's purely for looks. If someone happens to have time to look for the laws on that and finds something I couldn't, please let me know.

(I'm particularly interested in the side-mirror turn signal overlay and the full rear, smoked overlay.)

THANKS!
Mine aren't all that dark. I offer a standard 6/10 tint and a lighter 3/10. Reflectors are visible from wuite a distance with the 6/10. I've never had any issues with mine


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Originally posted by LoopyLady_1@Nov 16 2004, 09:11 AM
Very nice......now if only I could find some local laws on what is/is not illegal in Virginia.... :sigh:

I just found a few sites and went through a million laws on decals, tinting, etc...but nothing mentioned overlays on front and rear lights. The only thing I found was that the lights have to be visible, in clear weather, from a distance no less than 200 feet from the car.

Are these overlays so dark that the lights won't be visible from any distance like that? I love the look, but would hate to get a stupid ticket over something that's purely for looks. If someone happens to have time to look for the laws on that and finds something I couldn't, please let me know.

(I'm particularly interested in the side-mirror turn signal overlay and the full rear, smoked overlay.)

THANKS!
I had some questions once on what was legal to have on a car in Virginia..I live in Richmond. I went to the local state police headquarters and asked there. The state police is in charge of the yearly vehicle safety inspections in VA. They had a trooper help me to look up the code and give me an answer. They can usually give you an answer on equipment questions.
 
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