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Old 05-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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lacquer clear over vinyl striping?

Per subject: can I spray lacquer clear coat over vinyl striping without the stripping lifting (or doing something else undesirable). The base coat is lacquer btw.
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I wouldn't advise it. Maybe try it on a test piece not the car. If u seal it with clear and the vinyl shrinks later ur screwed
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my side stripes have shrunk a tiny bit (can see the glue edges a little up close.) but thats after a few winter/ summer cycles. I dont think i would clear over it.. it might work but itd still worry me. a vinyl stripe you can pull off later on if it gets messed up, paint not so much.

that being said, my stripes like wax lol. no effect!
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Yeah no doubt about clearing on it being a bad idea. No way to prep the surface first.

I know a lot of waxes say to stay away from vinyl, especially synthetic, but for some reason my vinyl window brow LOVES it. Turns it back into a nice deep black color.

Worth a shot with either tho if you have a spare piece to try it on, like Demented said.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:41 PM   #5
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I should have clarified. The stripe in question is no more than 3 inches in length. Width is 1/8". The ends could be dressed with paint if necessary (there practicaly invisible anyway). What I don't want is the vinyl lifting, curling etc. due to the lacquer (chemical reaction).
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i wouldnt advise it.... use a quality vinyl and you wont have to worry about fading, shrinking or cracking for 7ish years.
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OK. I will just tape and paint then. The tape was mainly for convenience and speed.
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More vinyl questions: Stretch

Simply put. As compared to vinyl electrical tape, how much stretch does automotive vinyl striping tape have? (assume similar width). I did my emblem with electrical tape just to see how it would look. The stretch-ability allowed me to form and bend the tape as necessary. Can automotive vinyl striping tape perform similarly?
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Striping vinyl should have some stretch if it is a quality vinyl, though i wouldnt stretch it to far or you could get some crazy loss of color. Id say its similar to electrical tape in flexibility and ease of use. this is all considering your using a good vinyl though.
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any reason I cannot use electrical tape? I mean, it's on there perfect!
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