Decal Instructions ­ large Bimmer Haus Performance decal
(click here if you have a SMALL decal to apply)

Tools needed: roll of electrical tape, scissors, tape measure, squeegee or old credit card. (A spray bottle with Windex or mildly soapy water is optional.) Waxing the paint before starting will help with bubble removal and make the decal easier to remove later.

1. Start with the passenger side first. (Let's deal with the gas filler flap now.)

2. Cut five short pieces of tape and place them along the top of the decal to hold it in place until you're sure it's positioned exactly where you want it.

3. Position the decal so that the "R" in PERFORMANCE is the only letter on the gas filler flap with the "E" and the "F" just to the left and right and the "m" of "BimmerHaus" immediately above it. Use the tape measure to adjust the height of the right end so that it's approximately level with the crease in the body work and fender lines. (This isn't an exact science ­ use whatever you think looks best.)

4. Run a continuous piece of electrical tape along the top edge of the decal to hold it in place. Double check to be sure it's lined up the way you want it.

5. Cut the entire word "PERFORMANCE" off the decal (in one piece, so only the "BimmerHaus" remains) and set it aside.

6. Now make vertical cuts between each letter in "BimmerHaus" from bottom to top (cutting through the transfer paper and backing paper, but not all the way through the tape) so that each letter hangs like a flap against the car, but is held in alignment by the tape.

7. Start with a letter somewhere near the middle. Lift the letter up, being careful not to undo the tape at the top, and starting from the top peel about half the backing paper away from the transfer paper and vinyl letter. Use the squeegee to lay it flat against the car working slowly and carefully from the top to the bottom removing the rest of the backing paper as you go. Use extra care as you lay the letter over the crease in the quarter panel to be sure the decal doesn't gap over the crease.

8. Continue laying all the letters down in the same manner. Do not remove the transfer paper yet.

9. Once you've completed "BimmerHaus" cut five more short pieces of tape and place "PERFORMANCE" below "BimmerHaus" lining up the edges and ends of the transfer paper.

10. Secure it using one long continuous piece of tape along the upper edge.

11. Cut each letter into individual flaps.

12. Begin laying down each letter as you did in step #7 until they're all secured to the car.

13. Now you can remove all the tape and transfer paper.

If any bubbles appear under the vinyl, use the squeegee to work them toward the nearest letter edge. If one appears to be permanent, use a pin or the point of a razor knife to put a small hole in the vinyl, then use the squeegee to work the air toward the hole. Many of the tiny bubbles will dissappear with time ­ don't worry about them.

Some people prefer to use a little soapy water or Windex when applying the decals to help prevent bubbles. The water or Windex helps keep the decal's adhesive from sticking, allowing you to work the bubbles toward the edge more easily, but it also tends to make the transfer paper soggy and can ruin it in a hurry. If you use water or Windex, use it sparingly. (I prefer the "dry" method.)