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Old 12-01-10, 12:01 AM
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best approach to apply new decals



Halfway thru rehauling my Voyageur frame. I ended up finding a set of NOS Voyageur decals on ebay, but am not sure how to apply them. The old decals are still on there, and apart from the huge gash thru them, they still have clearcoat covering them. I did find a small can of paint that matches the color decently well. Should I
  1. sand off the clear coat, prime/repaint, apply decals, and clear coat on top of it?
  2. just paint over the existing decal and then clear over that?
  3. something else? leave the decal alone?
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You can take some mineral spirits, and shop rag, and CAREFULLY rub through the clear coat and then dissolve the decal.
You have to be very careful not to rub through the paint, so it's a toss of dice and a true indication of how tedious you're willing to get.

I've done it, and messed up a little bit of the paint. Most of it was recovered by the new decals, a bit wasn't, so I touched up.

Yes, I'd clear over them when done. I masked off the area to be cleared, shot it with hobby clear coat, then used some rubbing compound lightly to fade the edges of the new clear. Turned out great. Not a quick process, took, me about 8 hours over the course of two weeks.
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I'm not too worried about messing up the paint to be honest. The scratch thru the decal went all the way to the metal, so if I want to touch up that paint area anyways, I figure I might as well go for the rest of it as well.

Did it take you 8 hours for the total process, or just the clear coat/rubbing?
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Regular old mineral spirits? I'm surprised that you've been able to remove decades-old coatings with that. I'm not disputing your claim, but ime it's way too mild for paint removal, unless of course the coating isn't fully cured. Personally, I'd be inclined to try some sort of rubbing compound, but that's just a thought; I haven't done this.
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