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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Painting, Finishing and Care. => Topic started by: nivapilot on June 21, 2016, 07:23:51 PM

Title: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: nivapilot on June 21, 2016, 07:23:51 PM
Hi all,
I have been asked to assist in putting some vinyl stickers on a 1:1 model of a narrowboat.. :D 45ft of it.
I am assuming the paintwork is enamels....we need to clean it prior to putting on the vinyl name plates and some scrolls.

what's best? or cleanest? or cheapest?
I have some Fairy powerspray, Mangers sugarsoap, Meths, White spirit? or would I be better off getting some Panel wipe?

Thanks in advance.

Alan
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: TailUK on June 21, 2016, 07:59:17 PM
I'd avoid any kind of solvent unless you're absolutely positive what paint has been used.  I'd go with lukewarm water with liquid hand soap and a rinse with clean water (not from the canal)  If you haven't put vinyl down before a really good tip is to get clean water in a spray bottle and wet the surface where the vinyl is going.  This stops the vinyl from sticking completely and means you can juggle it a little.  When you're sure you've got it right, use a squeegee to force the excess water out and the vinyl down.
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: Stavros on June 21, 2016, 09:54:06 PM
PANEL WIPE all the way m8 No other product

Dave
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: nivapilot on June 22, 2016, 08:08:21 AM
Cheers. :-))
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: inertia on June 22, 2016, 08:38:46 AM
I'm rather impressed with these little wipes - which reminds me to put some more on the shopping list.... http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/fillers-preparation/halfords-paint-preparation-wipes-x5 (http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/fillers-preparation/halfords-paint-preparation-wipes-x5)
DM
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: boat captain on June 22, 2016, 09:26:11 AM
I'd avoid any kind of solvent unless you're absolutely positive what paint has been used.  I'd go with lukewarm water with liquid hand soap and a rinse with clean water (not from the canal)  If you haven't put vinyl down before a really good tip is to get clean water in a spray bottle and wet the surface where the vinyl is going.  This stops the vinyl from sticking completely and means you can juggle it a little.  When you're sure you've got it right, use a squeegee to force the excess water out and the vinyl down.

Add a litle drop of washing up liquid to the spray this makes it even easier to move the vinyl around.
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: nivapilot on June 23, 2016, 07:45:01 AM
 :-))
Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: nivapilot on July 04, 2016, 09:03:24 AM
Thanks for the advice lads, I decided to go for the Halfords paint prep wipes and install dry.
A lovely day for it and a nice little sail into the bargain, with suitable pub stop for lunch.

Title: Re: cleaning paint prior to stickers
Post by: essex2visuvesi on July 04, 2016, 02:02:30 PM
PANEL WIPE all the way m8 No other product

Dave


Having just been doing exactly this job (only on a 1:1 scale car) over the weekend, I will also say panel wipe


I'm rather impressed with these little wipes - which reminds me to put some more on the shopping list.... http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/fillers-preparation/halfords-paint-preparation-wipes-x5 (http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/fillers-preparation/halfords-paint-preparation-wipes-x5)
DM


Thats quite an expensive way to buy them.
Stavros put me onto a place that sells them in bulk along with fillers, resins and things you never knew you needed.
Annoyingly the name escapes me so I will have to check my email for the invoice tonight