MEK Removable Trail Armor

Installation and Use Tips for MEK Removable Trail Armor: Magnet and Nano-Hold Technology

As off-road enthusiasts, protecting our vehicles while maintaining their aesthetics is a top priority. MEK Removable Trail Armor, available in both magnetic and nano-hold technology materials, offers an innovative solution that blends protection with style. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you install and use MEK Removable Trail Armor effectively, ensuring your vehicle stays in prime condition for every adventure.

Introduction to MEK Removable Trail Armor

MEK Removable Trail Armor is designed to shield your vehicle from trail damage such as scratches, dents, and debris impacts. The following Armor lines are available for popular models: Jeep Wrangler Armor for TJ, LJ, JK, JKU, JL and JLU, Jeep Gladiator Armor for the JT, Ford Bronco Armor for the Bronco 2D, 4D and Raptor, Toyota Tacoma Armor for Gen3, and Toyota 4Runner Armor for Gen5. The armor comes in two main types: magnet-based for steel vehicles and nano-hold technology for new aluminum and composite vehicles. Both offer unique advantages in terms of installation, durability, and ease of use.

Preparation Before Installation

1. Clean the Surface: Start by thoroughly cleaning the exterior surfaces of your vehicle where the armor will be applied. Use a gentle soap and water solution to remove dirt, dust, and grime. If you have waxes or other chemicals on the surface use a diluted alcohol mix. Ensure the surface is completely dry before proceeding.

2. Gather Tools and Materials: While MEK armor kits don't need much for installation, having the basics like a microfiber cloth and a squeegee can be helpful.

Installing Magnetic MEK Trail Armor

1. Unpack and Inspect: Carefully unpack the armor panels and inspect them for any damage. Lay them out to familiarize yourself with their placement.

2. Position the Panels: Begin with one panel at a time. Align it with the corresponding part of your vehicle, ensuring the magnetic side faces the vehicle's surface.

3. Apply the Armor: Gently place the panel onto the vehicle. The magnets will hold it in place. Adjust as necessary to ensure a snug fit. Press down firmly to secure the panel.

4. Smooth Out Bubbles: Use a microfiber cloth to smooth out any air bubbles, starting from the center and working your way to the edges.

5. Final Adjustments: Double-check the alignment and ensure all edges are properly sealed. If needed, re-position the panel and press firmly again. Go over once more to rub down the panels and ensure all wind-facing edges are well bonded.

Installing Nano-Hold Technology MEK Trail Armor

1. Unpack and Inspect: As with the magnetic panels, start by unpacking and inspecting the nano-hold panels. Lay them out in the correct order.

2. Prepare the Surface: Ensure the vehicle surface is free of any residue or oils. Use a diluted isopropyl alcohol to clean off any waxes, oils or chemicals from detailers that claim rain repelling, non-stick or Teflon.

3. Position and Align: Start with smaller panels and work your confidence up to the larger panels. Use a helper if possible until you are comfortable with lining up the larger panels. Align the nano-hold panel with the vehicle part where it will be applied. This type of armor can be repositioned, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect on the first try. The key is to allow it to gently touch until you are ready to smooth it on.

4. Apply the Armor: Gently press the panel against the vehicle. The nano-hold technology will create a strong, temporary bond. Use the microfiber cloth or a squeegee to smooth out the panel to remove any air bubbles. Start from one side while holding the other end away from the vehicle. Work your way to the opposite end of the panel by pressing the panel down in a fanning and sweeping motion from center to edge,

5. Reposition as Needed: One of the advantages of nano-hold technology is its ability to be repositioned without losing adhesion. If necessary, peel off the panel gently and reapply until you achieve the desired fit. It is very important to follow the panel removal technique of starting to peel the panel by getting a nail under the gel and not grabbing by the edge. Then peel back a vertical even line of the panel so even force can be applied to commence peeling it off the vehicle by gently leaning back and allowing gravity to assist with a smooth easy pull. Check out our YouTube video to watch the install and removal technique. 

Tips and Tricks for Best Results

1. Temperature and Wet Weather Considerations: Install the armor in moderate temperatures. Extreme heat or cold can affect the adhesive properties of both magnetic and nano-hold panels. Ensure there is no moisture trapped between the vehicle and Armor.

2. Regular Maintenance: Periodically remove the armor to clean both the panels and the vehicle’s surface. This prevents dirt and moisture buildup, which can affect adhesion and cause damage over time.

3. Storage: When not in use, store the panels flat in a cool, dry place. Avoid folding or bending them to maintain their shape and effectiveness. Pro Tip: Use the MEK Carry and Storage back for both magnetic or nano-hold technology Armor.

4. Customization: MEK Magnet Armor offers customizable designs. Use this feature to personalize your vehicle’s look while ensuring maximum protection.

5. Check for Movement: After heavy off-road use, check the panels to ensure they haven’t shifted. Reposition them as needed to maintain optimal protection.

Advantages of MEK Removable Trail Armor

- Protection: Shields against scratches, dents, and debris impacts.
- Aesthetics: Allows for customization and personalization of your vehicle.
- Ease of Use: Simple installation and removal process, with the ability to reposition as needed.
- Durability: Both magnetic and nano-hold technology panels are designed to withstand harsh conditions.


MEK Removable Trail Armor is an essential accessory for any off-road enthusiast looking to protect their vehicle while adding a touch of personal style. Whether you opt for the magnetic or nano-hold technology, following these installation tips and tricks will ensure your armor is applied correctly and provides long-lasting protection. Embrace the trails with confidence, knowing your vehicle is equipped with top-of-the-line off-road trail guard defense against the rigors of off-roading.
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