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READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING
- 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Single Edge Razor Blade
- Paper Towels
- Masking Tape
- Basic hand tools
- Sharp Scissor
* * Important! Surface temperature of vehicle & cover must be above 60°F.
Note: If your rubber hood bumpers (on the fender top of Wranglers®) are old and weather cracked, you may damage them by removal, either acquire a new set from your Jeep® dealer, or you can trim the Protector around them.
Step 1: Remove Components (Not required for CJ’s)
Open hood fully. Remove your hood latches by unscrewing the retaining nuts underneath the fender. Remove the rubber bumpers (see note above) by carefully pulling them to one side and wetting underneath them with alcohol (for lubrication) then continue to pull them sideways until removed.
Step 2: Cleaning/Surface Preparation
* * Proper surface preparation is the most important step for proper adhesion!
WARNING: Do Not Remove Adhesive Backing from Protector Yet!
Carefully place Protector in location. Note all areas to be cleaned plus½" around outside of Protector.
Clean area thoroughly 3 times. Use a generous amount of rubbing alcohol and clean paper towels each time (rub hard), allow to air dry between each cleaning. Clean down in all body seams.
Clean area one more time, but this last time dry the alcohol off with a dry paper towel. If you see any dirt/wax film streaks while doing this, repeat cleaning process until spotless.
Step 3: Installation
Do not remove adhesive backing until instructed.
Carefully place Protector in proper location and check for proper fit (normally a 1/8" - 1/4" gap will be around all outside edges). If any areas need trimmed, trim with sharp scissors. Securely tape in proper location with masking tape, making sure there are no voids under Protector.
Remove masking tape ONLY on the rear half of the Protector, leave the front half securely taped in place (this will keep Protector properly located).
Carefully peel adhesive backing paper off of the untaped area, tear off and discard. Start laying the Protector in place. Do not rub down hard until after installation is complete and you know it is in the proper location with all the large air bubbles out. If the location is off, you can pull it up and relocate Protector before final rub down.
Remove the masking tape from the front half and repeat the above step.
When you are satisfied with the alignment and installation, use a clean, dry paper towel and thoroughly rub down the entire Protector to finish adhesion. If you have an air bubble you cannot work to an outside edge, cut a small slit in the center of the bubble and press out the air.
Step 4: Reinstall removed components (Not required for CJ’s)
Carefully trim out the mounting holes for the rubber bumper and latch. Hold the rubber bumper in place and carefully cut around it and remove the cut out part. Relieve any sharp corners on the Protector after cutting. The bumper must rest directly on the fender, not the Protector. Reinstall the rubber bumpers by inserting a small screwdriver in the holes and pressing into place. Reinstall the hood latches.
NOTE: The "Clear Frost" colored Protectors will take a week or so (faster in warm temperatures) before the clear color will even out, the adhesive is very thick and viscous and it takes time for the adhesive to fully "wet out". Please do not be alarmed if, directly after application, the Protector looks spotty, you are only seeing the adhesive through the clear material.
MAINTENANCE AND REMOVAL
No maintenance is required, clean with a soft brush and soapy water.
Do not direct pressure washer sprays at an angle around the edges for 10-14 days after installation.
If the Protector ever needs to be removed, a hair dryer can be used to start a corner and it can be pulled off, but this will destroy the Protector. Alcohol will soften the old adhesive.
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