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Old 03-27-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Restoring decals

The body decals on my '02 Winney are getting faded and dull. I did a search on restoring or cleaning decals and all I came up with was related to using ZEP to restore the whole MH body, gel coat and decals together. I recall a discussion regarding just restoring decals, which are a totally different material from gel coat. Not interested in doing the ZEP route on the whole MH. Any help?
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Are the decals pealing up at all at the edges? Or are the colors just not as vivid as they were? On a friends 1999 tt, which from the looks of it was never even washed for at least 5 years, we tried Gel-Gloss which greatly improved the condition of the painted fiberglass surface and the decals. I would try that, if that didn't make them look better, I would get some mild rubbing compound like TurtleWax Polishing Compound. The third and most extreme idea would be get some 3-M commercial grade "Super Duty Rubbing Compound #5954 This is what auto body shops use for rubbing out cars. It's good stuff...Also great for getting rust off of chrome.

Here is a link to a thread from a few days ago where I posted about Gel-Gloss. Just reiterates about the importance of keeping your decals waxed.... Look at post #9 Link here post #9
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The body decals on my '02 Winney are getting faded and dull. I did a search on restoring or cleaning decals and all I came up with was related to using ZEP to restore the whole MH body, gel coat and decals together. I recall a discussion regarding just restoring decals, which are a totally different material from gel coat. Not interested in doing the ZEP route on the whole MH. Any help?
Assuming your decals are just cracked/faded (and not peeling), and they are vinyl decals, you can apply 5 or more coats of ZEP Floor Finish and it will definitely look better. However, the prep is time consuming and you will need to mask carefully with paper on the body below the decals .... ZEP runs very easily on vertical surfaces. Also, it's not UV proof and will eventually yellow and need to be stripped and re-done. Figure about 2 years.

Yes ... I've actually done this.
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