The squared backing paper simplifies measuring and ensures straight, clean-cut
edges. When applying film to larger surface areas, first remove one inch of backing paper and
smooth down this initial section. Then, while evenly removing the backing paper with one hand,
progressively smooth down the foil with the other hand. Always smooth from the center to the edges.
For best results smooth with a soft cloth, this allows you to flatten out any air bubbles or soft
creases.Should air bubbles form nonetheless, just prick them
with a pin and flatten out.If the film has been applied, but
it appears misaligned - no problem! Because full adhesion occurs only after several
hours, the film can be carefully removed without stretching and reapplied correctly.
Please note: If the film appears
to have soft creases before applying, these will not show after installation. (see the dishwasher
installation photos – the film appeared to have serious creases. Those creases disappeared once the
film was installed and smoothed).
Applying at edges and corners:
To apply Faux Steel with a clean and exact edge and corners,
overlap the edge by at least one half inch. Then, using a sharp knife, cleanly cut along the
edge and lightly rub the cut with a fingernail. If you prefer to apply around an edge,
carefully wrap the foil around pressing lightly with a heat gun or common hair drier (lowest
setting). The heat releases the tension and the foil adheres firmly to the
Click HERE for more about heat guns!
The wet method is as is sounds. The same steps used above, but first wetting
the mating surface liberaly with normal tap water and a little liquid dishwashing soap. It
takes a while longer for the adhesive to set, but the film is even easier to
Softmetal film is just as easy to remove as it was to apply. Normally it can be
simply peeled off. But if it adheres more firmly, it should be warmed with a hair dryer and
then effortlessly removed. Any adhesive leftovers can be cleaned off with turpentine or an
alcohol-based solvent. To remove dissolved adhesive use a damp cloth sprinkled with some
Softmetal is totally indifferent to dirt. Cleaning with warm water is usually
fully adequate. For more stubborn stains a drop of detergent does the trick. Dry off the damp
areas with a soft towel. The film does not react to normal surface cleaners, so feel free to
treat the surface just like a counter top. Avoid any cleaners containing abrasives as the
surface will scratch or at least become dull.