Bicycle

Bicycle

MTB - TrailSkinz polyurethane Film.


All bikes in truth suffer the same fate. A Chipped and Scratched frame is just more common on mountain bikes due to the very natureof the sport. Carbon frames are at the top of the list when it comes to needing protection. Whether its while riding trails or transporting them on the carrier, damage is inevitable.
Why not protect them with the best film that science has to offer. It's a clear polyurethane film. Manufactured by and designed tooffer protection against not only the elements but bumps and scrapes too. First proven in the Aeronautical and Automotive industries it is now available in pre-cut D.I.Y kits for your Mountain and Road Bikes..

 

Common areas to protect include: the top tube, down tube, fronts of forks, seat tube and seat stays, chain stays and areas where the cables rub on the frame. Should you find you would like to protect more surface area or a custom job just give us a call..

 

Installation Guide for Mountain Bike Paint Protection Film Kits

Planning

Be prepared - Look over the instructions make sure you know where each piece goes. Examine the kit to be applied on a clean, flat surface. Determine which pieces will be installed first and which way they should be installed on the bike. The Layout Sheet supplied with the kit will assist you in determining proper component placement. Start with the smallest piece first and build your confidence. We also recommend removing any cable ties and bottle holders etc that may get in the way. Some pieces of film may require you to pre trim it to size depending on your bike make and model. This is better done before peeling the film off the backing sheet. Using a sharp pair of scissors trim the film to the desired length.

Cleaning

Clean the frame thoroughly. Using benzene or methylated spirits after washing is recommended to remove any grease and road grime. Ensure that all bugs, tar, dirt and other contaminants are removed. Also clean around the area close to where the protection is to be fitted to prevent that hidden dust and dirt from being dislodged whilst spraying the area with solution, as this could run down and get behind the film ruining the installation. Once the bike has been washed and cleaned wipe it dry with a lint free cloth or chamois.

Wet Application

Work in a clean and dust free area which is sheltered from wind and rain. Wind and dirt will prevent you from doing a quality installation. Application should be done under warm, dry conditions, at a temperature of 15-32 deg C. The area should be well illuminated but do not work in direct sunlight as it will be difficult to see bubbles and blemishes. We recommend that you apply sections of the kit one by one, and that you take your time doing so.

1 Spray the area to be protected with Slip Solution until the surface is wet. You can NEVER use too much Slip Solution, so be liberal when wetting the frames surface and film components.

2 Wet your hands thoroughly with Slip Solution and keep them wet whenever you are handling the film.

3 Spray the top surface of the film then carefully remove the film from the release liner (backing sheet), spray the adhesive side of the film liberally with Slip Solution as you do so. This will prevent the film sticking to itself if it were to fold over by accident. Important: Take care not to drop the film component or let it contact contaminated surfaces as it will not be possible to remove dirt or grit once it is on the adhesive.

4 Make sure that both the bicycle frame surface and the film is soaked with Slip Solution. This will allow you to slide the film around and to position it correctly.3 Lay the film down on the area to be protected. Use your flat hands to slide the piece into it’s correct position.

5 Once the piece is correctly aligned, tack the centre section into place using your squeegee, starting at the centre and working towards both ends Lengthways and then outwards towards the sides. Use overlapping strokes ensuring all bubbles are being removed. Again always keep the outer surface of the film wet using Slip Solution in order to reduce friction between your squeegee and the film surface. This will avoid scratching and creasing of the film surface.

If you need to lift the film off the surface for any reason, ensure that you spray the adhesive with a liberal amount of Slip Solution again before you lay it back down to prevent trapping air and leaving marks. (See point 6 )

Once you finish this piece, make sure all the edges are down and tightly affixed. If an edge or corner doesn't lay down, re-spray the adhesive side of that area and re-squeegee the area down again and hold some pressure on the area for 10 to 20 seconds until the film adheres to the paint. If the film just will not adhere to the paint even after a long time, it is a good sign that the surface was not completely clean of grease or oil.

Application cont..

6 If a particular section of film has been laid down and squeegeed into place, and the need arises for it to be repositioned or removed to get rid of bubbles, then the entire piece must be lifted off the frame again, sprayed liberally with Slip Solution and refitted from scratch. Do not try and lift only part of a piece which has already been squeegeed into place, as this will result in marks which are permanently visible after installation. If lifting the piece off appears necessary, do this as soon as possible after the film has been fitted, and do not try and lift film more than 5-10 minutes after it has been squeegeed into place, as this may result in a line in the adhesive which can be both visible and permanent. Now it's time to move to the next piece of film to be applied and repeat the same steps. Ensure that all Slip Solution is squeegeed out. Failure to do so will result in water being left behind which will cause a silvering or haze in the film appearance. Except in extreme cases this will however disappear over a 24 to 48hour period.

7 Some pieces of film may need to be stretched into place particularly if the tube is curved in more than one direction. This is easily done. Tack and secure one end of the film and carefully stretch from the other side being sure to only stretch the necessary amount to get the film to lie flat. Lift the loose end slightly and Spray some Slip solution onto the adhesive before laying it down. Continue as per normal and squeegee out all the water and bubbles.

DRY APPLICATION

Some of the SMALLER pieces of film if handled carefully can be applied without SLIP SOLUTION, just be sure not to touch the adhesive with dry fingers. This method of applying film is tricky as it is easy to trap air so be careful and work from one edge of the film and squeegee it down as you lay the film on the surface making sure not to leave air bubbles under the film. These are not harmful but rather unsightly.

Reminders and Tips:

1 You can NEVER use too much Slip Solution.

2 Take your time and don’t rush, particularly at first whilst you are inexperienced with the film installation procedures.

3 Keep both your hands and the film wet and you can reposition it many times without any damage.

4 If edges or corners do not adhere immediately, leave them and continue with another section. After a while these will dry and should then stick down easily.

5 Most small bubble and wrinkles will disappear in a few hours or days.

6 We do not advise applying film over gaps or rough weld joints

7 You can use a hair dryer on low heat (full sun ) to help make sure lifting areas stay down 8 The film will need a few hours for the adhesive to fully cure.

Application: tools and Solutions

Prepare application solutions as follows:

1. Mix 125ml Isopropyl Alcohol ( IPA ) with 375 ml water to form the Slip Solution. {supplied}

2. Substitution can be made of the (IPA) solution with a mild soapy solution using dishwashing liquid. Mix a few drops sunlight liquid with the water in the spray bottle instead. This will affect the drying time but will also give you more time to fit the film. Be sure to use the IPA then on areas that are taking too long to stick like edges etc.

3. Place the sleeve over the blue/gold applicator to prevent scratching the bike and film surface.

 

 

Lay out sheet for MTB K4

 

Kit:

 

Included in this kit :

* Spray bottle
* 3M squeegee and sleeve
* complete set of instructions
* 125 ml Isopropyl alchohol

Layout Sheet : Please refer to figure 1 page 1 where each piece of film has its designated area of application. IE: The number for each piece of film on the layout sheet above coincides with the number on the image of the bike in figure 1.