DIY: How to install a custom windshield banner

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DIY: How to intall a custom windshield banner

Banner design and installation was done at the CL Midwest Meet, March 31, 2002. Pictures are clickable for 1024x768 images in a new window.

What you need:
  • A hookup
  • Windshield banner
  • Squeegee
  • Spray bottle with soapy water
  • Paper towels
First, find some cool guy with expensive software that's willing to design a custom banner for you:

Turn him into a bug-eyed little kid:

Find a guy with a vinyl plotter who's cool enough to print stuff for you:

If you're really lucky, you'll find someone who has BOTH! I wonder who that is? Get the sucker to design and print out your custom banner.

After you've cut your stickers/banner, trim all the excess material away from the vinyl sheet. Get a sheet of pre-mask and stick it on top of your sticker sheet.

Clean and dry the area of your windshield that the banner is going to be placed on.

Spray your windshield down with a light soapy water solution, and make a goofy face while you're doing it!

Once you have the banner area soaked, peel the backing from the sticker sheet and set the banner down.

Smooth it into place, but make sure that you have B18Cgurl standing behind you or you'll have to do it all again!

Measure the clearances around your banner to make sure that it's lined up how you want it.

Spray more soapy water solution on the banner if you need to make any placement adjustments.

Use your squeegee to squeeze out all the soapy water underneath the vinyl.

Soak the pre-mask with your soapy water spray to make the pre-mask release from the vinyl, then let it sit for a few minutes to soak in.

Slowly peel the pre-mask away. If the vinyl starts to come up, carefully place the sheet back down, spray it some more, let it sit for a minute or so, then try again. If you're brave, you can just peel it all away and smooth down the vinyl later.

Make a goofy pose with all your buddies around your car!

Now enjoy your new windshield banner- it's one of a kind, and it's an attention getter!


Tutorial written by: Calesta / Phunky Buddha / Karril / whatever the hell you wanna call me, with assistance from 98EX, Toxis, Buck, slimjim, and B18Cgurl.
All images hosted by Civicland.
whos civic was that or was it the first civic that you could find in a parking lot with altezzas and then put the thing on :lol:
Yes. That's 98EX's Civic, before he pulled the gaytezzas and before he removed the GSR engine and gave the car back to the dealer. That Civic is no more.

that would have been shitty to lose it like that