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Old 06-24-2015, 10:47 PM   #1
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Removed decal, now what to do ?

I have used a 3M decal removal disk and removed a vinyl decal from the "hood" on my motor home. The image of the decal was still visible of course, I fully expected this so I then wet sanded the entire hood area with 1500 sandpaper. This is all on unpainted gel coat ? I want to apply vinyl wrap material to this hood now but need to know if the fiberglass needs some sort of "sealer" as the surface now has a porous feel to it. The info I have on applying vinyl is that the surface should be clean and wax free so I would not want to apply anything that would cause it to not stick properly. If I apply the vinyl to the surface as it is I wonder if it would cause problems in the future with the removal of the vinyl when that time occurs. Any input is welcome, Pat.
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Pat,
I own a Graphics company in Minneapolis, so I have some experience in this area. You can save yourself a ton of issues with these simple steps. Good vinyl ill allow the vinyl to be removed some day if you want to.
1 - Use a good cast vehicle graphics vinyl, like 3M IJ180 with Air Release.
2 - Clean the surface and make sure it is totally clean, wax and lint free.
3 - Heat the vinyl with a hair dryer or heat gun with cautions, to about 140 deg. F, or very warm to the touch to help set the adhesive.
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He did a wet sand on the gel coat, can he just buff it out now prior to the vinyl application?
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Buffing before would give the vinyl a smoother surface, but sold not be necessary. Personally I would not remove any more gel coat than necessary and buff after or if the vinyl was removed.
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Thanks for the replies, I appreciate them, Pat.
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I've been playing around with vinyl wrap on my coach and have to totally agree with comment about getting a top quality vinyl. There is no substitute for 3M 1080, despite other manufacturers claims. It handles really well and the air release will let you work out any air bubbles.

And, I might clarify the earlier statement about heating to 140 degrees. You want to do that heating when the vinyl is on and exactly the way you want it. And, if you are doing any kind of pattern with the vinyl, the Knifeless tape is the only way to go.
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My first choice was going to be 3M but the after some research I found that most of the 3M products have a 3-5 year durability while Avery boast theirs is 7-10 years. This is for non-metallic or matte finishes, I am only using gloss, colored, cast vinyl. I am only in the planning stage so any input on this would be welcomed. Thanks, Pat.
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