Do you clearcoat over the GSX vinyl graphis?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Carry Gross, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. Carry Gross

    Carry Gross Well-Known Member

    We are at odds here over wether or not to clear coat over the vinyl graphics or to lay them on after all is cured and buffed. I originally thought it would be best to have the clearcoat applied over them so that they would last and not fade so easily when the car is waxed, but the paint shop said they would need to scuff them up :puzzled: prior to applying the clearcoat for adhesion. I dont like the sound of that. Anyone here been down this road with their paint shop? Thanks
  2. Duane

    Duane Member

    My decals are on top of the clear coat.
    I would be concerned that a corner might lift off when applying the clear, then you end up with a mess. Also how would you repair it for fading, cut it out and repaint the panel?
    If you put it on top and anything happens you put new ones on. Sounds simple to me.

    I have cleared over painted stripe cars, and then sanded the clear down to get a smooth look. It works great on drivers, but that's with paint, not decals.
  3. GrittyKitty

    GrittyKitty Guest

    You may already know this but for those who are reading the thread.

    If you do decide to put the graphics over the clear coat. Use a non-petroleum based wax on the graphics. The petroleum waxes will fade and shrink the vinyl. :TU:
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  4. Carry Gross

    Carry Gross Well-Known Member

    The more Ive asked around sounds like decals should go on after the paint is done, just as the case above if something goes wrong I havent dug myself into a corner if repairs are needed. I had no idea about the petroleum based waxes and their effect on stickers, good info and thanks for the responses.
  5. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    We have cars done both ways. Both look good but I would put them on top.
  6. buickx

    buickx Well-Known Member

    I painted my x in 1986 with immoran by dupont... put decals on finished paint,
    cover with 2 coats of clear.... decals haven't faded or discolored.

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