Application of Bike Armor Protectors

Remove all old graphics and adhesive (see below). Thoroughly clean the area where the protector will go first with soap and water to remove dirt and grime and then with rubbing alcohol - the cleaner, the better! Make sure the alcohol is dry before applying protector. Make sure you have removed all old adhesive!! Ideally protectors should be applied when it's warmish - above 50° minimum temperature and ideally above 65° for optimal sticking power! If it's cold out we recommend to apply your protector indoors (sure you can tell your significant other we told you to do it!) or use a hair dryer or heat gun to warm up the frame and protector. When using a heat gun, BE CAREFUL THAT YOU DON'T OVERHEAT THE MATERIAL OR TOUCH THE FRAME!!

You can use a dry erase marker to make alignment marks on the frame and protector. Try not to touch the adhesive side of the protector and if possible, we recommend to wear disposable latex or similar gloves. Pick a spot and make sure the protector is where you want to be for the first contact. Slowly apply the protector to the frame making sure not to allow air bubbles to get caught under the material. Slowly wrap the protector around the tube and then firmly press the material on to the tube. If your protector did not go on right, try heating it up just a bit and peel off and re-apply careful not to touch the adhesive with your fingers or get it dirty!

NOTE: Printed protectors are more flexible for placement where there are more curves like the bottom bracket area. Clear protectors work better on flatter surfaces or surfaces which only curve in one direction.

Application of Lite Shield Material

  1.   Clean application area with rubbing alcohol 
  2.    Remove protector from sheet
  3.    Heat with heat gun or hair dryer until you feel the material soften a bit
  4.    Set in place - press the middle of the protector against the frame or component first. 
  5.   Pressing firmly with your thumb - rub the material as hard as possible to remove air bubbles and allow the adhesive to contact uniformly. If needed hit with a little heat again.


Removal of Old Graphics and Adhesive

Removing graphics is an art acquired by experience! Apply some heat to the graphics you're removing with a hair dryer or heat gun, this softens the material and the adhesive and makes removal much easier!

Take it from us, all the so called adhesive removal products are pretty much only worth the cans they were printed on! In our experience, the two best products for removing adhesive are WD-40 and 90% rubbing alcohol. Use WD-40 liberally -it works best if you don't let it soak into the rag first but rather spray it directly onto the adhesive or spry it liberally onto a rag and rub the adhesive before it soaks in. After you get most of the adhesive removed, use the rubbing alcohol to clean off the remainder and clean the WD-40 from the tubes. 


In some cases, depending on the shape of your chainstays, the Fat Shield Chainstay Protector may peel away from your frame. To alleviate this issue, we’ve added an additional piece to the kit – an 8”x2” Lite Shield. This piece is designed to overlap the domed protector slightly to hold the edges in place with the added benefit of protecting the bottom of the chainstay.

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