*UPDATED FOR 2012*
Developed originally by Bill Stroppe for Ford Broncos racing the Baja - hood blackouts are synonymous with looks and performance.
Using high quality matte black vinyl with strong adhesive and air release technology, Rebel Offroad Mountain hood decals are designed to greatly reduce solar glare and reflection from high powered off road lights.
Jeep offered Mountain style hood blackouts early in the 80's on their CJ series models and have now been brought back for the new Jeep JK Mountain Edition Jeep.
Rebel Off Road is paying homage to the strong Bronco racing heritage and of course the Jeep JK by offering our own Mountain hood.
Our logo is precision cut out of the blackout to show your hood paint through. Looks and function all in one!
Why isn't our full skull logo in the decal?
Function. Removing too much of the decal for the skull defeats the purpose of this decal.
The blackout is designed to reduce glare and if too much hood paint shows through the decal can't do it's job.
Installation of a JK Mountain Style Hood Blackout Decal:
Solution of one cap of dishsoap in a full spray bottle of water
Credit Card with soft velcro stuck along one side
Sharp Utility Knife
9mm socket wrench
For a wet installation, Rapid-Tac is preferred – it deactivates the adhesive temporarily, the vinyl “floats” on a thin layer of moisture.
But soapy water would probably work as well.
Either one, if use liberally should allow the graphic to be repositioned relatively easily.
It’s best to work out of sunlight and heat as this will cause the wetting agent to evaporate.
Clean the installation surface with isopropyl.
Position the graphic using small pieces of masking tape in the corners to hold it in place.
Once positioned / centered, put a piece of masking tape across the entire length at one end – e.g. at the top for example.
This becomes a “hinge” that allows the graphic to be pulled back to remove the release liner, while holding the relative position.
Remove the release liner – don’t try this in wind!
Soak the graphic and installation surface (avoiding the masking tape hinge though).
Flip the graphic back over the hinge and onto the installation surface.
Starting at the hinge, use a squeegee laterally at opposing angles and using overlapping strokes.
The squeegee will force most of the liquid out from between the graphic and installation surface.
Continue the overlapping strokes from top to bottom.
Once in place, I would let the graphic sit to dry a bit. Lifting the transfer tape too soon will cause it to lift the graphic.
Alternatively, the top side of the transfer tape can be soaked with Rapid-Tac. It’s porous enough that it will seep between the transfer tape and vinyl enough to loosen its grip on the vinyl.
When removing the transfer tape, pull it back at 180 degrees, back over the graphic. This will minimize the possibility of the graphic lifting, but go slow, if it starts to lift, lay that part of the transfer tape back down and squeegee again.
Once the transfer tape is off, inspect the graphic for any bubbles. These can be easily worked out as the bond is not yet permanent. The remaining moisture between the graphic and installation surface will be gone after a day and the bond will be permanent. When working out these bubbles, use care not to scratch the vinyl. During installation, the vinyl is protected by transfer tape. After transfer tape removal, a squeegee covered with a soft cloth, felt or something similar is best.
One final note: Rebel Off Road accepts no liability for you ruining your decal during installation
and will not replace them when you do. If you don't think you have it in you, take
the decal to a local sign shop and they will likely help you out for a reasonable