Review & Install Video
The American Truck Graphics matte black hood decal would be an awesome choice for those 2015 through 2017 F-150 owners out there looking to change up the look of that factory hood, but for not a lot of dough. Now, the black vinyl that we have here will feature the F-150 logo cutout, and will run you about 40 bucks, while the simple peel-and-stick install will get a relatively tame one-out-of-three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me, with a little bit more detail to come later in the video.
So, vinyl graphics, like the kit we have here, continue to be a popular choice with both truck and car owners, alike, for a couple of big reasons. They're usually pretty affordable, they're relatively easy to install, and last but not least, are completely reversible. So, if you ever got tired of the look, just simply peel off the vinyl, and your truck and the paint is gonna look like new. And, all of that applies to the hood accent decal we have here from the crew over at AT Graphics.
And, if I can be completely honest, I really dig this particular piece of vinyl because I think the portion of the hood where this thing goes is practically begging for some sort of customization. So, the gang over at AT Graphics teamed up, came up with the design to accent the lines of the factory hood, while adding this little F-150 cutout on both sides to kick things up a little bit. The end result is a really, really cool-looking design that I think will look great on any color rig out there, but without being too crazy or over-the-top. In fact, this is a great time to check out some of the customer-submitted images on the Product page, if you haven't already done so, to check out what this thing might look like on your own color rig at home.
As far as your construction or materials are concerned, the team over at AT Graphics does utilize a matte black four-mill wrapping cast PVC vinyl that does also feature a built-in clear coat layer. All together, it's been rated up to eight-plus years of continuous outdoor use. Now, on the flip-side of this thing, basically, if you're gonna turn this over, take a closer look at the adhesive side, you'd see what is called air-release technology. Now, basically, this is just gonna be a series of tunnels or channels that will make removing any air bubbles or extra moisture while installing a much easier process.
But, speaking of the install, let's quickly touch on that because, on the surface, you're gonna be looking at a relatively tame one-out-of-three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and maybe 30 minutes to an hour of your time to get the vinyl in place. As far as your tools needed for the job, well, a spray bottle filled with a soap and water mixture will be a biggie, in addition to the included squeegee, of course, and I always like to recommend having a hairdryer on hand for something like this to help speed up the drying process slightly.
Now, your first step with any vinyl installation is to make sure the area is nice and clean before proceeding. So, go ahead and clean off the hood, and then grab the vinyl and get ready to work. Now, you can peel the backing off the vinyl decal, misting it lightly with your soap and water concoction. That's just simply gonna act as a lubricant, helping you slide the vinyl around until you get it set exactly the way you want it. At this point, go ahead and grab your included squeegee and work from the inside out, removing any extra air bubbles or extra moisture. After you've given the vinyl some time to set up, carefully, and I mean carefully, remove the transfer tape from the vinyl decal. Now, you can either let the truck sit in the sun for a couple of hours or grab your hairdryer to help speed up the process, and once you've given the vinyl enough time to dry, your installation is complete.
So, if you're looking for a super inexpensive way to spice up the factory hood on your '15 through '17 F-150, be sure to check out this vinyl accent kit, right here at americantrucks.com.
This Matte Black Hood Decal transforms your 2015-2018 F-150's hood from plain and stock into an aggressive, racing-styled front end piece. Complete with the official F-150 logo, this hood decal adds style and lets you show off your truck pride. Perfect Fit Guaranteed.
AmericanTrucks Graphics vinyl designs have been test fit, refined, and tested again on our very own fleet of vehicles to assure a perfect fit every time. Superior Quality Materials.
AmericanTrucks Graphics uses only the highest quality Premium Cast Vinyl available on the market today - designed to last at least 8 years of harsh outdoor weather. It's far more durable than our competitors' cheap, calendared vinyl film which starts to degrade in just a couple of years! Air Release Technology.
Air release technology features miniature air channels on the adhesive side of the vinyl that allows air to be easily squeezed out from underneath, providing a bubble-free installation and a smooth wrinkle-free surface. Application.
This Matte Black Hood Decal with F-150 Logo makes for a perfect fit on the 2015-2018 Ford F-150 model. It is not
compatible on the Raptor models.
- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 20 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 3.3L V6 - 18
- 3.5L V6 - 15, 16, 17
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 5.0L V8 - 15, 16, 17, 18