Reattach decals

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  1. Doobray

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    Anyone know the best way to restick the decals on the van as they are starting to peel off
     
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    Are you fitting new decals or attempting to stick down the originals where they are lifting ?
     
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    Sticking down the originals
     
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    Hi,

    I'm no expert at what you are attempting to do but your choice of adhesive is of great importance.
    This weekend I used Evostick Impact to glue some old but unused Fablon to a plastic surface.
    Where there was a slight excess amount of glue,(and I mean slight!) the surface of the Fablon 'puckered' as if 'caught' by a flame. I managed to flatten it but thought you should be aware.
     
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    I'm sorry to say but it's nearly impossible I've tried. There's a guy on eBay that does graphics for loads of MoHo's.
     
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    Thanks guys I was thinking of clear silicone
     
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    It's the graphics themselves that's the problem. Where they have curled away from the MoHo they will have gone hard at the edges plus there will be adhesive residue on them or the metal.
    Good luck though. (y)
     
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    No definitely not.
    Very carefully clean the body side of the van, get some contact adhesive and heat it in hot water to make it less viscous. Add the adhesive to both the van and the back of the decal keeping both apart until the glue becomes tacky.
    Now, using a hairdryer or heat gun gently heat the decal, be careful not to "Cook it" , all you are trying to achieve is to make it plyable and soft and malible. Carefully push the decal back into place and squeeze air from the inner part of the decal to the edge.
    This job is tricky, can go wrong easily by overheating or glue melting the decal...... but if you take time and work slowly you should get it back into shape...... failing that
    as someone stated, replace the decals from a supplier on eBay or get a local sign maker to make you up some.
    Hope this helps,

    Jon
     
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    Thanks will give it a try
     
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    I am afraid you have little chance to no chance at all
    post a photo I my be able to help but if they have started to lift there will be dirt behind them and will never go back down if there only lifting slightly try and cut the bit that lift carefully with a scallpale knife to prevent the rest from lifting lose a bit to safe the rest you could try a lighter on the lifting section which will soften the glue and reactivate it but be very carful as to much heat will curl the graphic
     
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    I would have said try a hair dryer to gently warm the panel and the graphics. So long as there isn't dirt behind the lifted graphic, then gentle warming may soften and reactivate the adhesive. I would be very careful if using a lighter as just a bit too close and your graphic is knacked.
    If theres a bit of dirt behind, a bit of meths on a small brush may clean and degrease, when dry gentle heat as suggested may do the trick. May be worth trying to warm panel close to graphics first before the actual vinyl in this weather, the metal will retain the heat a little longer than the vinyl.(y)
     
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    agree with signworks, if its just the edges that's lifted carefully cut off as I have done recently.
     
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    Thanks looks as if dirt has got behind I will try the meths and the hairdryer nothing to lose
     
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    Just iron them back on
     
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    The meths and a modelling iron did the trick thanks
     
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    Pull them off and start again. I've just done that with my van and added £1000 to the look of it. There are dozens of graphics on eBay for less that £30.00 to £40.00.
     
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