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Old 04-15-2019, 07:31 PM   #1
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Painted the faded and cracked decals

Well I finally did it.

After reading numerous posts and researching I’ve started the process of painting those crummy looking decal stripes. They were pretty badly faded and cracked.

Used Rust-Oleum professional. Enamel. First sanded and cleaned.

Thin yellow 3M tape then blue tape.

First photo shows condition of stripes before.
Second photo shows taping in progress.

Third and fourth photo are results.

Oh and I used a meguiars oxidizer remover on all the fiberglass paint and waxed it.

Happy with results

Thanks to all for their posts and advice.
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they turned out great, thanks for posting. think I am going to do mine as well.
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I did the gold stripes on my fifth wheel 4 years ago. Now I need to paint the maroon stripes that are beginning to crack, but the gold stripes still look good after 4 years. I may even experiment with a clear coat spray this time.
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How did you remove the original stripes?
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How did you remove the original stripes?

I just painted over the original stripes. If you have cracks to fill in, just spray paint over the cracks and sand with a sanding block which will build up the cracks with paint. For deep cracks, you can use a sandable primer. Apply 2-3 coats of final paint and lightly wet sand the paint between coats.
I used a Krylon spray paint from Walmart that has extra adhesion to prevent paint drips. Just pick a color that is close, it don't have to be a perfect match if you are going to paint all the stripes.
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I didn’t remove original stripes. Way too much work to do that. Just sand them down and clean them up good. Rough them up a bit with 180 grit sandpaper. Clean. Tape. Spray. Bunch light coats.
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they turned out great, thanks for posting. think I am going to do mine as well.
Whatever you do I’m sure they will look better than what they currently are.
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:32 PM   #8
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Nice job, looks really nice. I also enjoy refinishing things just to make them look better.
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Our painted stripes look as good as new and all for less than $10.
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Great looking outcome, thank you for sharing.
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fine looking outcome . Congrats.Auto body shops use a vinyl type fine edge tape that's bends easily and paint will not bleed under even lacquer based auto if that still exists today.
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Thin yellow 3M tape then blue tape.
On this—thin yellow tape—I'm assuming that is used first because it's a lot easier to get really close and shape it around the the outer edge of the original graphic then follow up with wider tape and paper.

Where did you get that thin yellow tape?
Does it have a specific name if you looking around for it on the web or locally?

And also.....
You probably would of mentioned it if you did but I have to ask. Once the painting was done, did you top it off with a coat or two of UV resistant clear for protection? Or we're you afraid that over time that may chip and peel—or yellow—or felt it just wasn't necessary?

Nice DIY job.
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On this—thin yellow tape—I'm assuming that is used first because it's a lot easier to get really close and shape it around the the outer edge of the original graphic then follow up with wider tape and paper.

Where did you get that thin yellow tape?
Does it have a specific name if you looking around for it on the web or locally?

And also.....
You probably would of mentioned it if you did but I have to ask. Once the painting was done, did you top it off with a coat or two of UV resistant clear for protection? Or we're you afraid that over time that may chip and peel—or yellow—or felt it just wasn't necessary?

Nice DIY job.


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It’s actually green like. Scotch 3M 08987. 6 bucks a roll
No clear coat. Afraid it will trap and heat up up more.

Just wax it with meguias 2 in 1 or Aceit
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Thanks for sharing. We have the same problem with our 2001 Fleetwood Flair, I didn't even think about painting the decals.
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