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Newbie needs help with truck lettering...

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by knifemaker3, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. knifemaker3

    knifemaker3 Member

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    Hello all,

    I just got the measurements off of our brush truck that the local volunteer fire dept. I belong to wants me to letter.

    This is one very dirty truck with all the smoke residue on it from when we drive through smoke on brush fires.

    Anyway, I plan on giving it a really good scrubbing with soap and water. What else would you recommend? I doubt this thing has had any wax job in a very loooong time.

    Going to be simple 1 color lettering and graphics with oracal 751

    any help would be appreciated as this is my first lettering on autos.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    Rapid Prep.. its great for this..
     
  3. knifemaker3

    knifemaker3 Member

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    ok techman,

    What's rapid prep and where can I get it? Like I said I'm a total newbie to this....

    Thanks.
     
  4. chopper

    chopper Very Active Member

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    you need to go to the place you get your materials from they should have the afore mentioned cleaner, you can also go to your local auto supply store and get some buffing compound ( with out waxes or silicone in it ) get a fine compound this will also clean the gunk off the doors and remove scratches
    this can be done by hand but works best with a buffer, wash with cleaner and apply graphics, //chopper
     
  5. knifemaker3

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    Thanks guys for the replies. I'll contact my supplier and go to O'Rielleys Auto and see what they have.

    Thanks again for helping out this new guy!
     
  6. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    " Prep Sol "# 3919s is the stuff at your auto parts store....I would also suggest that after new vinyl is applied that you mask around the area and clear cote with "Frog Juice " or "Krylon" clear only because you are driving through brush and likely to pull up edges of vinyl by doing that. The clear will seal the edges.
    If you don't want to do this then at least get a " Seal-it" pen and seal the edges
     
  7. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    I use House of Colors ...bonding cleaner,...KC-20
    found at auto body shop suppliers there are others that work of same type
    but House of Colors works the best for all around cleaning on all painted metal or any surface the gallon I've had has lasted me years

    it is the soldier that protects our freedoms
     
  8. knifemaker3

    knifemaker3 Member

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    Thanks, I'll look for it when I get to town next week. 17 miles one way to town @ $3 a gallon for gas makes for just a once a week run to town :tongue:

    I've seen the frog juice and was figuring on buying some with the next order I make.

    I'll check on that as well.

    Thanks guys!
     
  9. Sticker Dude

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    johnnysigns Very Active Member

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    doesn't SW's prepsol contain oil? me personally, i'd try water and then denatured alcohol.
     
  11. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

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    I'd follow Techman and Unique Decal's advice and go with the "Rapid" products. They'll even send free samples if you contact them.
    When I have to, the only alcohol I'll use for cleaning and/or prep is isopropyl because there normally aren't any unknown contaminants. Denatured alcohol can contain parafin or other waxes that are not good for paint or vinyl decals.

    Checkers
     
  12. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    SW does dot carry prep sol. You must be thinking of something else. Prep sol is what auto body shops use to take off oil, grease, wax and contaminants to prep for painting so I can't see why it would have oil in it. At least that's what I've always used for the last 22 years.
    Rapid prep will work too.....
     
  13. johnnysigns

    johnnysigns Very Active Member

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    we've got a paint shop at my job where they use prepsol, but it always smells like there's mineral spirits in it.

    i've had good luck w/ the denatured alcohol, but it can definitely screw up the adhesives in the vinyl. i try and dry wipe after using it, but it's really helpful in removing most of the muck that builds up on trailers.
     
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