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Old 05-22-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Fading vinyl decals

Hi all,

I have a 2002 fifth wheel and although not peeling off, the decals are much faded. It is too costly to have a paint shop removing the decals and install new ones or painting new ones. I decided that I was going to mask them and paint over them. I looked all over the Internet and I cannot see anyone that has done that. I read a lot of people saying it couldn't be done as the paint would eventually peel off. Well, paint peeling off after a while is not worst that the vinyl fading. I could repeat that in a year or two down the road.

The real question is: has anyone ever done that? I don't really just want opinions, I would like to hear from someone that has actually painted over faded vinyl stripes. If successful, what kind of paint did you use? If unsuccessfully, what did you use?

I just know that there must be a way. I have painted on just about any surfaces...except on vinyl decals.

Thanks for your answers in advance. I know I'm not the only one.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:40 AM   #3
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I tried painting over my decal strips, yuc. The paint did not last long and I used a special primer for plastic/vinyl. I finally ended up just removing the strips and yes a lot of strips masking and preping then respraying with auto paint and clearcoat. Astro makes an eraser wheel and geared down die grinder type air tool to remove the vinyl strips that works very well. A box of 12 wheels and the air tool cost me about $115 bucks. I have done all but street side and love the results.
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Look for a place that makes boat lettering and decals they last a long time.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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Finally found a solution, without spending a lot. I purchase a 30 yard roll of 7 year vinyl used for decals. Washed the current stripes and finished with alcohol for goos adhesion. Vinyl sticks to vinyl. That"s actually how they custom make banners and car decals. I just applied the vinyl over the existing one then cut the new vinyl along the same lines showing through. It" s going to be good for another 7 years or more.

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My 2004Challeger stickers all cracked and shrunk from the sun. I use a 3m wheel and removed them from the front driver side abd back . I still have them on the passenger side because they still look brand new.It still looks good aleast on the door side for now.
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I had same issue with my Montana I removed a few vinyl decals and taped off with frog tape and rolled it out with rust oleum paint. Has looked great so far about three months
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Hi all,

I have a 2002 fifth wheel and although not peeling off, the decals are much faded. It is too costly to have a paint shop removing the decals and install new ones or painting new ones. I decided that I was going to mask them and paint over them. I looked all over the Internet and I cannot see anyone that has done that. I read a lot of people saying it couldn't be done as the paint would eventually peel off. Well, paint peeling off after a while is not worst that the vinyl fading. I could repeat that in a year or two down the road.

The real question is: has anyone ever done that? I don't really just want opinions, I would like to hear from someone that has actually painted over faded vinyl stripes. If successful, what kind of paint did you use? If unsuccessfully, what did you use?

I just know that there must be a way. I have painted on just about any surfaces...except on vinyl decals.

Thanks for your answers in advance. I know I'm not the only one.
Zep floor wax perked these 17 year old decals up. Also did all the fiberglass.
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