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    Re-painting a frame where the decals are under the clear coat?

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    Hi All,

    Looking for advice on the best way to restore a frame that has the decals and makers badge under the clear coat?

    I was thinking of spraying a one stage with the decals masked off and then a clear over everything.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Good luck with masking those decals. If you're really good with tape and a razor knife, you can spray it with a urethane base and clear over it. A much easier option is to have the decals replicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSaul View Post
    Good luck with masking those decals. If you're really good with tape and a razor knife, you can spray it with a urethane base and clear over it. A much easier option is to have the decals replicated.

    Where and how can I have the decals replicated?

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    Try local print shops.

    You are likely to be able to find the font online, somewhere. ...Or even cut from your photo above. Work it to your own liking, then save the file and take to your local print shop.

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    This guy has been recommended on other forums. I have never used him myself, so I have no experience with his work.

    mylar and vinyl

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    Sign builders usually do die-cut or printed vinyl as well but it will not be exactly the same. The logo on the frame looks like it is a 2-color job, which will require either two layers of vinyl or printing on the vinyl. The graphics under the clear are probably printed water-slide decals that are very thin and can be painted over easily. Why do you want to re-paint it? If I was doing a new paintjob I would make it unique, something different. I personally get all of my bikes powdercoated, I don't mess around with painting them myself. I love the finish and durability of powdercoat as well as the quick turn-around at a decent shop.

    The recommendation from previous posts does make water-slide decals which would be your best option. Paint the frame, apply decals and finish with clear-coat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSaul View Post
    This guy has been recommended on other forums. I have never used him myself, so I have no experience with his work.

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    Their website says wholesale only, they do not sell on a retail basis.

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