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Masking over decals

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Masking over decals
Posted by Designer_jeff on Monday, June 04, 2018 8:26 AM

In the past I've applied decals and needed to do some paint touch up so appied future over decaland then tape but the tape still pulled up the decal. Is there a away to mask over decals?

 

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:40 AM

There may be some type of clear coat that can protect decals from masking, but generally speaking, masking over decals with tape is to be avoided. I am not aware of a reliable way to do this. Someone may chime in and enlighten us both, but as far as I know, there is no way to mask over decals (with tape) and expect to get away clean.

If you do attempt this, try a low-tack tape, or apply & remove your piece of masking tape several times to a clean piece of glass to help reduce the degree of stick. Liquid masking fluid may offer a solution, though some types of that stuff can stick pretty hard as well. BMF as a masking medium may have possibilities, but again, no guarantees.

Hopefully someone else will have better info.

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Trevor

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:43 AM

Oh, and welcome to the Forum, Jeff. I hope you find the solution to your question.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:54 AM

Generally, I would avoid masking over decals.  It is best to do all your touchups before applying decals to avoid the risk of accidentally damaging any with tape or other media.

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Posted by Viperdoug on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 9:20 PM

I've had good luck taping over decals after I've applied 2K clear first.

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