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