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Old 08-31-2015, 03:48 PM   #1
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Painting Over My (faded and cracked) RV Decals!

So I thought I'd share a couple of pics and experiences in regards to my VERY poor & faded decals on my 1999 Fleetwood Southwind 32V.

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First off, I should say that I had considered the following:
1) removing the decals with either a 3M wheel or heat gun.
2) replacing with same decals (via Fleetwood or custom from decal shop
3) removing, buffing and painting new graphics.

As all of these options seemed extremely time-consuming and/or expensive, I thought; "what the heck, lemme try painting over the actual decal! If it doesn't work, I'm no worse for wear.

There is next to no information on doing this, so I figured I'd share my pics (thus far).

PROCESS (I used)
1) sanded down the old decal, to remove some of the cracking, loose edges and possible wax

2) degreased/cleaned with spray-9 and washed it with clean water

3) taped off edges and painted with a paint suitable for plastics ($4.98 at Walmart). I used Krylon brand; " saddle-brown and leather" (colors). I heard plastic paint was best as it was a little more flexible?

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It took me 5 coats but the results seem quite nice. I may cover the paint with a clear coat but I'm not sure yet. I haven't done the upper grey colour yet, but I'm thinkin of using a combination of the same 2-tone browns I've been using.

Worst case scenario, it peels abit within couple years, I sand it abit and repaint at $4.98. Replacing the decals would have been about $500 if lucky?

Lower Decal Painted (saddle brown)
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Middle Decal Painted (leather)
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Thoughts & Suggestions welcome. Will update once completed!

Thanks, Jason
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Nice, I need to do something with mine. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:51 PM   #3
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Great idea, I think it turned out nice. Wish I had thought of this when I had my last coach with the sad graphics.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:57 PM   #4
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I did the same using krylon paint a few years back on our 2004 Sandpiper Fifthwheel. Turned out nice and looked good when it was traded.
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Badboy,


Were your graphics cracked in any places?, if they were, did the plastic paint fill them in?
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That really looks nice in the pictures. Do you happen to have any pictures of how you masked off the areas to be painted?
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Nice job. I wonder if the ZEP wax procedure would work as well as clear coat, without wrinkling the new paint.
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That really looks nice in the pictures. Do you happen to have any pictures of how you masked off the areas to be painted?

I just masked off the area using standard green painters tape and newspapers. I actually was able to change the design shape abit within the old faded decal too.
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Were your graphics cracked in any places?, if they were, did the plastic paint fill them in?

Yeah, it took about 5 coats to get it looking level. I had initially sanded the old decal down and it seemed to make the cracking much more subtle. There are no signs of the d cracking anymore. I'm hoping the plastic paint will have some flex and not crack in the same spots.
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Looks nice, great Idea. Hope it holds up for you.
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Thanks for posting. I have a similar problem with my '94 Montara. I'll give your ideas a try.
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PROJECT UPDATE...

Upper Decals Taped:
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Note- I'm still thinking about putting a layer of clear coat over the finished product, just to seal it abit.

I'm definitely happy with the results and feel it saved me easily $600 in redoing the graphics...or more with custom paint. Total coast $10.

Now to start in the other side.... 😉
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I did this exact same thing a couple of years ago, still looks good. Most people don't even notice the paint-over unless they get up real close to it. If you have any narrow straight stripes to be done, you can buy almost any width and color from an on-line source called Stripe Man Graphics. The hardest part is the masking, I used tape and an exacto knife.
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How did you get the colors to match? Or did you use just use "close enough" color scheme? Looks good! My outside frig door decals are becoming really weathered, etc. and I was thinking about removing them and painting them on.
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