Fading decals, anyone tried this?

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  1. Glandwr

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    Spring in the air, got the gear out and am in the middle of the annual wash and polish of the van. The large hymer decals, although holding on well, are looking very tired colour wise. Wife has suggested that we mask them and spray them with this.

    http://www.vinyldye.co.uk/All-Vinyl-Dye-Color-Sprays

    What do you think? Has anyone done it? There are all vinyl aren’t they?

    Dick
     
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    Probably doable but bloody fiddly, the masking would need to be perfect and it would take a while - you would have to give each colour plenty of time to properly cure before you tried to mask over it for the next one otherwise you risk lifting it off when you remove the tape. Also if you need more than a couple of colours it would start to get expensive.

    Personally I would probably just make new ones.
     
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    I'm not not talking of anything complicated or lettering Nick just the 3 large elongated rhombus' rest is fine.

    Dick
     
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    I plan on taking ours to a local graphics company to have a look and decide if they can help. It's thirteen years old now so new originals may be hard to find/expensive.
     
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    If it's single colour you'll probably be OK.

    Do it under cover somewhere if you can, failing that pick a nice warm day with no hint of a breeze, be very very precise with the masking and follow the prep instructions to the letter.
     
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    To get them produced all the cost will be in the time it takes for someone to draw them. Printing and cutting them will be next to nothing.
     
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    I'll be doing that myself for the smaller complicated stuff Nick. You can export from all cad and many graphics programs. Limiting factor on the big ones is size of cutting machine. Limitless through one axis but limited to 600 mm in the other. Way too small.

    Dick
     
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    If you should consider removing the graphics be aware you will leave behind a shadow of the former design on the bodywork due to sun bleaching.
     
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    How big do you need?
     
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    I've got access to a Camm1 with a mtr bed but my friend only has 610mm rolls of vinyl. I want way wider than than that and thought I would need to go commercial and costly can you help if I supply drawings?

    Dick
     
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    Up to about 1250mm. The only issue would be getting them to you as they really need to be transported flat.
     
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    Many thanks for your kind offer Nick but someone has given me a lead on a plastic colour restorer that they swear will bring them up like new. I am also going to try it on my yellowing interior plastic and will will post verdict. Won't be for a week or two though.

    Dick
     
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    No worries. Just shout if you need to. (y)
     
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    Ive had large graphics posted inside large cardboard tubes your local carpet shop will gladly give em away
     
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    I know you can do that and I have loads of tubes but I don't really like sending graphics that way.
     
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    Hi can you give us a lead on colour restorer as we have the same probs
    many thanks .
     
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    Im sure you must have your reasons:unsure:
     
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    Will do if it works, could be a week. Well will do anyway!

    Dick
     
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    Dick, you sir are a hero, I've been looking for a product like that for sometime, thanks dude
     
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    I designed my own graphics for 'Billy Bob' IMG_2039.JPG and had a local company produce them from the PDF files I supplied
     
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