The best thing you can do is watch the video. Before you peel off the backing sheet, get a feel for each of the pieces, in terms of positioning. Work slowly and methodically, the main thing to avoid is moving too fast with the squeegee and causing a crease in the wrap. We've added a few more hints below the video.
Hints for each of the pieces:
As this piece is flat, it's (arguably) the easiest one.
- Just gently lay the wrap over the panel. You'll be able to lift and replace several times until you're happy
- Align using the cupholders for reference. Be sure to look directly down over the cupholders to ensure it's placed correctly
- check all the edges before using the squeegee to apply pressure. You can get away with a small misalignment at the arm-rest end, as you can tuck the excess under the aluminum trim, but the other end is a lot tighter
- Once you're happy, squeegee away, starting at the center and working out. Do not remove the film maintaining the shape of the cupholder cutout until you've also applied pressure to that area
- When you're ready to remove the film, do so carefully, since the wrap is quite narrow at the edges, so is easily stretched
- Just roll the edges of the cupholder over with your thumb, and then at each end
As you'll discover, this is the most annoying panel as it'll keep flipping back when you apply pressure.
- Starting at the top edge (i.e. nearest the screen), be sure to just loosely apply it to the edge, as you'll need to remove it again later. Do not cover the entire edge, about 2/3 to 3/4 is about right
- Now let it lay down on the section, to make sure it's straight. Once you're happy, start squeegeeing
- Expect some big bubbles at the top, we'll go back there at the end
- Work down, from the center out. It's OK to pull on the film a bit if you need to encourage it to get nice and flush with the edge.
- Once you're smoothed out, go back to the top, gently unstick it from the top edge, and use the squeegee to work the film up; once the panel is covered and smooth, roll the top edge over, which should now cover the entire edge.
- Now close the panel and apply a little pressure to the top, which will flip the back edge up enough to roll the film over the edge
Top Panel (the phone cover)
This panel is fairly easy, aside from the fact you're working with the screen obscuring your view, so you'll need get your head behind the screen to get a full view.
- Open the panel half way, and start at the bottom edge, this time fully cover it. Getting this bit straight will make the rest of the panel easier
- Now close the panel, and hold the wrap at the top, putting a bit of tension on it as you squeegee up from the bottom, working upwards and outwards
- Now look around the screen to finish off the top of the panel
Q. I screwed up one of the pieces. What can I do?
A. The vinyl is really forgiving, and if there's a crease or stretch, applying some warm air (from a hair drying, or even leaving your car in the sun) can often restore its original shape and allow you a do-over. But, if all hope is lost, you can take advantage of our 'no tears' guarantee, and we'll send your first replacement piece completely free. If you need more than one piece, then there's a flat charge of $10 for each additional piece (but no, we can't send you 3 different replacement pieces to make a cheap full set ;-))
Q. Which is easier to install?
A. The heavier textured finishes (carbon fiber, matrix black) are easier, as they're slightly thicker, and more tolerant of the odd speck of dust that might get caught under the film. The Brushed finishes are the next, since they still have a texture and are slightly heavier. The smooth finished do take a bit longer to install, and the surface must be completely clean.
Q. How are these made?
A. Each piece is cut in-house using commercial vinyl cutters, following a custom design created in a vector graphics package. We only use 3M 1080 vinyl due to it's long-life and ease of application.
Q. I'd like another color/finish
Q. Does it completely cover all the piano black plastic?
A. If fitted perfectly, yes. In reality, a completely perfect application can be challenging, but all the lines and curves are smoothly cut, and even if there's a little bit of the piano black showing through, the sharp edges will ensure it's not noticeable.
Q. Can this be removed?
A. Yes, easily. The longer the vinyl is there, the stronger the bond becomes, but it can always be removed without causing any damage to the original piano black finish. Just lift an edge, and start to carefully pull it away at a sharp angle.
Q. I'm not sure I can do this :-/
A. If you're hesitant, check your local vinyl and window tint shops. This is no more 15 minutes work for an experienced pro, so if you're already there to get your windows tinted, or a clear-bra, the cost should be minimal.
Q. What's your favorite?
A. We love the brushed finished. The Brushed Titanium is the closest match to the metal dash trim in the Model 3, but the brush steel has a really nice hue to it, so it's tough to chose between them. The Brushed Black is a very slick look, subtle, not flashy, but classy. The Carbon Fiber is the easiest to fit, and more typical of what you'd find inside a car, so we love that one too, but as always it's a personal thing.