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Unread post by Bubbaville Fire Unit » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:25 pm

So after much searching..I finally just asked my Buddy A.J. aka "Junkman" what needs to be done..

Originally Said by Bubbas08SRT
What's up A.J.
I have a serious question that i dont think has been covered.

I am doing a Rally in June this year and the side effect is about 50 vinyl stickers..YES I am sweating..Cause I loathe to have perfect paint..

So the question..To ensure the Vinyl graphics come off when i want them to, without leaving remnants of residue behind. What would be the best way to protect the paint??

Originally Said by Junkman2008
Answer: A whole bunch of wax. Something like 3 coats of Machine Super Sealant. You are not going for looks (that much Machine Super Sealant might look like crap), you're going for protection. Then, remove them stickers right after the race and do a DAWN wash to remove all that wax if it doesn't look good. Keep in mind that it will take you 6 days to apply those 3 coats. I know how awesome your paint looks. lets keep it that way to win at Carlisle again..

One more thing. You better not be driving as slow as you were in Atlanta or this time, I'm passing your azz!

Originally Said by Bubbas08SRT
Thanks brother i will pass this along to the forum cause I know there have been questions like mine..
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Re: Preping Vehicle Paint for Vinyl

Unread post by daleclough » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:32 pm

Bubba, these are high-quality automotive paint intended vinyl decals. Have no fear....
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Unread post by No1SirButler » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:43 pm

One good coat of a premium wax is all that's needed. I recommend Collinite at a minimum. I personally use DoDoJuice Supernatural but it's pricey. I ran my decals from May to at least Sept last year without issue. I work on the side at a detail shop so I always have to have my car clean. I was worried about it myself but had no issues after a good coat of wax.
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Unread post by Bubbaville Fire Unit » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:06 pm

I didnt have any fear last year..cause they were on Hanks car ..lol..But seriously before you take them off you have to put them on..and thats where the damage from squeeging out the air bubbles comes into play..and having a really good barrier between that vinyl, squeegee and my paint will be a #1 priority..I have no doubt if a few precautions are made the vinyl will be the least of your worries on the Rally !!
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Unread post by RacerTCI » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:26 pm

The ONLY "issues" I have seen were with paint jobs that had bad prep work done. If the paint is barely adhering due to bad prep work then you may have a problem. I have had decals on my car since last summer and my numbers were on for two years with no issues. I wax the car once prior to putting them on the car. I use Zymol
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Re: Preping Vehicle Paint for Vinyl

Unread post by Nightmare » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:01 pm

I usually put on one to two coats of wax (Eagle1 Nanno wax) on the car before I put them on, and then wash the car after the decals are on. I have run the decals for about 4 months the last two years with no issues....This year, I dont know how long I will have them on.
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Unread post by JonD91 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:44 pm

I do 2 coats as well just in case. and I still have RT 66 decals on from May '10.... =)
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Unread post by levilz » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:35 am

1 coat is all mine took too. No issues at all, and I left them on the car until after September.
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Unread post by stevec5ws6 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:42 pm

I used McGuires Techwax 2.0 had mine on until just after the rally, came off no problems here.

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Unread post by Team Bugeye » Sat May 19, 2012 11:14 am

I just did the 3 hr process of the Turtle Wax Black box. It is a long process , but worth every penny. The pigment really soaks into all of the chips and really cleans it up. My hood is like a mirror. I cant wait to put of the decals and see what it looks like. Pardon my noobness, This is my first rally so I am pumped.

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Unread post by Nightmare » Sat May 19, 2012 1:07 pm

Team Bugeye wrote:I just did the 3 hr process of the Turtle Wax Black box. It is a long process , but worth every penny. The pigment really soaks into all of the chips and really cleans it up. My hood is like a mirror. I cant wait to put of the decals and see what it looks like. Pardon my noobness, This is my first rally so I am pumped.

Hey, there is nothing wrong with that, as we like excited. This is will be the 6th rally that I have done, and honestly, as it gets closer, the more excited I get....I have been keeping my self really busy this year though so that it dosnt feel like such a long time (even though we are a month away) before we leave.
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Unread post by voodoo g8gt » Sun May 20, 2012 10:49 am

I always start with a good wash job, then Clay Bar every square inch. Before doing the waxing...... I always have a heat gun at hand when removing the decals.
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Unread post by RacerTCI » Mon May 21, 2012 1:49 pm

I just wax it apply them dry and wait till there's a hot day to pull them off. I had my Number 12 on the car for almost 2 years and no issues.
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Unread post by Team Porsche » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:54 pm

Any secrets for removing the decals when the time comes,( hot, cold, etc)?

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Unread post by moparguy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:39 pm

Its just like removing factory decals, when I took off the factory Challenger SRT stripes from my hood, I drove it around on a 90 deg F day, pulled in my garage, let it sit for 15 minutes or so to make sure the hood was worm and carefully pulled the stripes off. When pulling them off, be sure to pull the decal back over itself and use steady even pressure slowly working it back and forth across the entire area that is being released from the paint. As long a s the surface is warm, this process should work. When they're off I used hot soapy water to remove the edge mark left behind and there was no evidence of them left.

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Unread post by Red Bearded Goat » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:08 pm

porschepirates wrote:Any secrets for removing the decals when the time comes,( hot, cold, etc)?
Hot day while the cars sitting in direct sun light has worked great for my ride... followed by a good wash to remove any residual adhesive left on the paint.
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Unread post by Team Porsche » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:11 pm

moparguy wrote:Its just like removing factory decals, when I took off the factory Challenger SRT stripes from my hood, I drove it around on a 90 deg F day, pulled in my garage, let it sit for 15 minutes or so to make sure the hood was worm and carefully pulled the stripes off. When pulling them off, be sure to pull the decal back over itself and use steady even pressure slowly working it back and forth across the entire area that is being released from the paint. As long a s the surface is warm, this process should work. When they're off I used hot soapy water to remove the edge mark left behind and there was no evidence of them left.

Hope this helps, Bob
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Unread post by levilz » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:56 am

I had enough wax on my truck that the hood decal peeled itself up and flew off on the trip home, lmao. The prep is the key. As long as you have a good coat of wax on when you put them on, and as said before, a warm day... they should come right off.
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Re: Preping Vehicle Paint for Vinyl

Unread post by carwash » Wed May 07, 2014 3:05 pm

We prep with unicorn tears and baby seal blood.

We remove with lots of beer...

The Audi took us 2 nights to remove all the camo... suck a Dink.
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