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Old 05-04-2014, 06:27 AM   #1
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Fading pin strips

I have a 1988 Minnie Winne, the pin strips are fading, I would like to repaint them, I am looking for any suggestions on how to do it. can I just rough up the area and repaint?, can I paint the strips with a brush..auto paint recommendations?

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I wouldn't paint over them. I would remove them and buff out your gelcoat. You can then install or paint new ones. You could even go with different graphics.
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Re-stripe?

Agree with other reply. The pinstripes are usually vinyl tape. Unless, your rig had after market paint job. You can remove the vinyl with a heat gun (not a hair drier). Dewalt makes a relatively in-expensive one. You start at one end of the stripe with the gun, carefully heating it up and lifting it off with a putty knife. The trick is to proceed slowly and steadily. There will be glue residual that will have to removed with a solvent. Make sure the solvent doesn't harm your underlying paint (or gel coat).

With the stripe removed you'll see a shadow where it used to be. You can use the shadow to guide your application of a new stripe. Vinyl tape striping is sold on rolls with adhesive already applied. The tape will also have a protective clear tape on top of it. Be sure to remove the clear tape, because it will crack and check pretty quick in the sun.

Another solution that is a whole lot easier is to try a ZEP Wet Look Floor Sealer treatment. Others have posted that the ZEP revitalizes their vinyl strips. ZEP is sold by the gallon at Home Depot in the cleaning products department. Search the forum for more details.
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Wouldn't it depend on whether the pin stripes were actual DECALs or tape, versus paint? My Bounder has the wide painted stripes, and also TAPED pin stripes. I was able to scrape a lot of the old TAPE off and re-do with 3M reflective, but I'm pondering the best way to rejuvenate the PAINTED bands.
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Wouldn't it depend on whether the pin stripes were actual DECALs or tape, versus paint? My Bounder has the wide painted stripes, and also TAPED pin stripes. I was able to scrape a lot of the old TAPE off and re-do with 3M reflective, but I'm pondering the best way to rejuvenate the PAINTED bands.
Lightly sand the painted stripes, mask them off, and spray them with clear coat. The only problem you could run into is not knowing what type of paint they used for the stripes (enamel, or urethane). The clear coat could have a problem with it. You could always try in a small area to see.
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Lightly sand the painted stripes, mask them off, and spray them with clear coat. The only problem you could run into is not knowing what type of paint they used for the stripes (enamel, or urethane). The clear coat could have a problem with it. You could always try in a small area to see.
Excellent suggestion - I will try and report back. Thanks much.
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