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Old 11-08-09, 03:31 AM   #1
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decal application - clear coat?

I will be applying waterslide decals to a frame project in the next few days. Is it recommended to apply a clear coat or some sort of varnish over the decal area after the decals have been applied? If so, any recommendations of type or brand of clear coat? What is the best way to do this, if recommended?
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Also, is a decal solution like Microsol recommended?
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Who are the decals from? I just did some and wrote about it on ciocc 1984 restoration topic
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i covered an entire bicycle in stickers and clear coated the whole thing. Worked really well, no issues.
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Some Co.s chose to not clearcoat over stickers; Columbus & Reynolds for example are known to curl-up eventually under it. I've NOT tried it but some account for this being the reason for tube-set brands being applied after the frame's been coated which is why tubing stickers often fall off before their time. It may depend on the exact type of clearcoat.
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if you're using water-slide, be sure to let them dry completely, about a week, to make sure you don't have problems after you clear coat.

I'm in the same boat, but I think I'll end up wet-sanding, applying decals, and having a body shop shoot the clear over the decals.
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Some Co.s chose to not clearcoat over stickers; Columbus & Reynolds for example are known to curl-up eventually under it. I've NOT tried it but some account for this being the reason for tube-set brands being applied after the frame's been coated which is why tubing stickers often fall off before their time. It may depend on the exact type of clearcoat.
that makes sense. the reynolds decals that I have are waterslide and not a foil or rub-on, exactly like the rest of the frame decals. do you think this would make a difference?

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Who are the decals from? I just did some and wrote about it on ciocc 1984 restoration topic
the decals are original ones from the frame builder and from reynolds themselves, not reproductions. they are a waterslide with a clear backing (paper backing/actual decal/clear top, in that order).

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You ought to ask a painter, better yet a known custom builder, just ask, ask a few. It's no accident that hundreds of bikes I've seen and read of have had the tube-set stickers go missing.
I've seeen crummy looking stickers under clearcoats of re-paints. I suspect that the tube co.s did this purposefully.
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