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Discussion in 'Exterior Mods' started by djrobb, Feb 20, 2019.
Black Platinum from Ford Accessories.
A dealer I went to today had this as a $275 option tacked onto the sticker.
Last time I looked at Eyecatcher on Amazon they did have a Graphite color which is close to the magnetic gray Sport trim. I wasn't sure I wanted to go black so I held off until I saw this new color. Glad I held off.....
While I like the color I chose I was not happy with the installation. The Eyecatcher installation instructions are clear but their 'clear' film is pretty much impossible to see thru well enough to align the tops of the letters as described in the install instructions (thus making installation more of a crap shoot than a 'sure thing'). In hindsight if I were to install these again I would cut off the [not quite] 'clear' film right above the tops of the letters to allow for better visibility and placement. As it stands I was unhappy with the final placement of the last two letters and I ended up removing all of them.
I was thinking I would buy these. The last 2 letters look properly positioned in the enlarged photo view. How much are they off?
The "E" was running uphill by maybe ~ 1/8". The bottom leg of the "e" was a bit crooked but I was able to fix that. To be honest it didn't look bad from a couple of feet back but close up it annoyed me. It's pretty difficult to see thru the 'clear film' to see where it should be affixed but once the film is removed it was obviously placed incorrectly. I recommend cutting the excess 'clear film' away for best visibility (or removing the film altogether and placing the letters individually). I was tempted to buy again but in truth I like it better without the bling.
Yes, the last two letters are off but 95% of people wouldn't notice. I didn't at first.
Being honest, that would bother me but I'm OCD.
I bought my letters from TVD vinyl lettering and used the wet install method which is what they suggest. That gives you the option to move them around as needed till you get them just right.
Yep. OCD is a curse.
Yeah that's definitely an advantage. That said, the Eyecatchers have a 3-D look, the vinyl stickers do not so there's that too.....
Is there any possibility to adjust? In the past, on things like this, I have found it helps to start with just a small part of the backing peeled off so as to line it up and finish removing as you press it in place. Do you think that would work on individual letters?
The idea with the 'clear film' is it sticks to the truck but the letters barely touch. If the film were truly clear it would be a big help. That's why I mentioned cutting that film away at the top of the letters so you can see what you're doing. But, yeah another possibility is to individually apply each letter (not the 2 at a time eyecatcher deal). The trick there is the letters are plastic and floppy (unlike like the Ford SS variants) so you could maybe get the top of the 'E" correct then work the middle leg then the bottom leg but 3 chances for screw up on just one letter. The 'clear' film stabilizes that 'e' [for example] and preserves the spacing between legs. I'd probably be tempted to cut the letters apart but still use the 'clear film'. Cut the 'clear' film off at the top of each letter (and maybe some on the leading side as well)....
Then again, I'm probably the only klutz that screwed up an Eyecatcher install...go for it!
Thanks for the explanation. I was not understanding that the 'clear' film helps the process by sticking to the truck. It might be even more difficult to see the position on a white truck.
Great news....keep reading...
Note: I don't usually share vendor replies but I think it's best to share this:
I really like a company that says "my bad" . . I could work with them