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Can I spray clearcoat over decal?

PostAuthor: mr vroom » Fri May 12, 2017 1:24 pm

I painted a "reserve" fuel bottle to match my tank with an epoxy primer, base coat and urathane clear coat. Now I've sanded the final clear coat with 600, applied a decal and am a bit worried about spraying the clear coat on the decal....

Is it a problem?
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Re: Can I spray clearcoat over decal?

PostAuthor: DGA » Fri May 12, 2017 7:21 pm

Yes. Spray the first coat very dry, light, let it tack up, then the next a little wetter, tack up, etc, till you get the decals covered. Don't worry that the first coat is dry, it will remelt from the next, but do it in stages. Make sure the decals are pressed down well, no wrinkles or problems.
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Re: Can I spray clearcoat over decal?

PostAuthor: mr vroom » Fri May 12, 2017 8:33 pm

DGA wrote:Yes. Spray the first coat very dry, light, let it tack up, then the next a little wetter, tack up, etc, till you get the decals covered. Don't worry that the first coat is dry, it will remelt from the next, but do it in stages. Make sure the decals are pressed down well, no wrinkles or problems.



Thanks. That's exact what I needed!
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Re: Can I spray clearcoat over decal?

PostAuthor: marvson » Tue May 23, 2017 6:01 am

I've heard that wetsanding between coats is a good practice.

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