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Installing a hood blackout decal on the JTR

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I bought the matte black hood blackout decal for my 2020 Rubicon Gladiator and am looking to install it soon. The way I’m interpreting the install is … I should be stripping the wax off the hood to install this? Is that risky, losing protection for the hood long term? Or should I be waxing the hood with or without the decal included in the wax afterwards? Hell, maybe I should do ceramic coating.

The part: https://www.etsy.com/listing/856958...1&variation0=1723154497&variation1=2162751263

Anyone have insight on the decal install and long-term hood protection?
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I washed the hood like usual. Let it dry, then used rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth just before the install process.

I use Turtle Wax ceramic spray once a year and spray it on the hood including the decal. It definitely won't hurt it. The decal probably benefits from it.
 

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You do not want any wax on the hood. The decal will not stick, at least, not for long. Ultimately you would be wasting your time and money. Make sure the hood is totally clean and wax free. It won’t hurt to wax over it after it’s had a week or so to set and dry.
 

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applying stickers/vinyl is all pretty much the same.

no coatings, clean surface, wet application, squeegee out the wet. let dry & adhesive cure.

I would even claybar the area the panel is going on, to make sure all the little things are off. nothing worse than a solid color sticker with a bit of dust or bug underneath it.

vinyl itself is pretty durable.
 

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Super easy to do. Just lightly clean the hood and make sure you have an extra set of hands to put the decal on.
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