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Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by ABWSIGNS, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ABWSIGNS

    ABWSIGNS New Member

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    Hey everyone, newbie question here ...

    I've got a box truck that needs to be repainted (standard white) before we can apply vinyl graphics to it (oracal 651).

    I'm not quite sure what type of paint should be used for the vinyl graphics to stick properly. Does anyone have some insite into this?

    I'd also like to know the best type of paint to use for any sign that needs vinyl graphics.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. Si Allen

    Si Allen Very Active Member

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    How about using regular truck paint?
     
  3. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    single stage polyurethane from paint supply house. Use some heavy equipment paint it will be less expensive and give it bout 2 days to dry....that is some sticky junk!
     
  4. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Proper prep is just as important as the paint!
     
  5. Eric H

    Eric H Member

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    Let a body shop do the painting. If your not sure what kind of paint to use your in over your head.
     
  6. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Welcome from PA.......................
     
  7. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    this.
     
  8. Arlo Kalon 2.0

    Arlo Kalon 2.0 Very Active Member

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    In the past, I have used Kem-Lustral oil base enamel from Sherwin Williams to paint older box trucks - just the cargo box area. I applied it with a foam roller. It worked just fine and looked good several years later when the trucks were finally traded in. Quick, easy, down and dirty way to accomplish what could otherwise be a big job. Works just fine on an older vehicle that really isn't worth the expense of a body shop paint job.
     
  9. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Maaco, seriously. Just lettered a couple mini-van style taxis that had been painted at the one in the Appleton. They did really nice work. The last one cost $899 out the door and that included some minor rust/dent repair and fixing a windshield leak.

    If you are not equipped with a good compressor, decent HVLP gun, good ventilation and most importantly a positive pressure supplied hood DO NOT mess with it. That s**t will kill you, literally. Happened twice in my old hometown. Both times the guy was found dead laying next to his nice paint job. Yup, saved a ton of money right there.
     
  10. ABWSIGNS

    ABWSIGNS New Member

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    thanks guys! I appreaciate all of the good advice!
     
  11. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Arlo has the old school answer that still works just fine
     
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