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What is the best paint to use for vinyl lettering?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by depps74, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. depps74

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    What is the best paint for vinyl lettering to stick to. I have found cheap paints, but looking for a consensus on brands, colors, and drying times here.
     
  2. Pippin Decals

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    For me ,I use Gloss White Rust-Oleum Professional enamel oil based for signs etc. Holds perfect. I edge seal everything with a paintable silicon and paint that as well.,I let it dry for 2-3 days minimum days depending on temperature before adding vinyl.I like the oil based because it lays super flat and smooth when it dries.
     
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  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Acrylic polyurethane or any good quality oil base enamel. But in this world it's good to find a quality waterborne paint since we soon won't be able to get anything else. Oh and "cheap paints" isn't a good brand.
     
  4. sardocs

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    Since the "70's we have used good quality marine enamel with a "dash" of acrylic automotive paint hardener added for extra gloss and durability. Prime first, then 2 coats rolled on with a smooth foam roller. I've had MDO signs last over 20 years using this method.
     
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  5. fixtureman

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    I always use a automotive glaze on th edges of my letters to seal them then I use an auto acrylic for the color.
     
  6. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Signmakers that don't use Ronan or One Shot or Chromatic? I guess Gino is right...
     
  7. Gino

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    :confused:
     
  8. Gino

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    By the way..... what are we painting ?? A vehicle, piece of metal, wood, pvc.......... ??
    Indoor..... outdoor....... ??
     
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  9. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Your thread about finding cheaper ways to do things than what used to be industry standards.
     
  10. Gino

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    Oh, Okay. Yep, I guess so......................
     
  11. sardocs

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    "Signmakers that don't use Ronan or One Shot or Chromatic?"
    Not sure what that was supposed to mean, Unclebun, but I thought we we talking about painting a substrate so vinyl can be applied. I use 1shot and Chromatic for lettering but I don't think either are a good choice to coat out a 4x8.
     
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  12. depps74

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    Great question. Indoor walls for paragraphs 1"-3/4" lettering
     
  13. rossmosh

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    I haven't used it yet but it was recently recommended to me: PPG Breakthrough. Stuff evidently dries fast and hard. Meaning you can paint a panel in the morning and theoretically lay down vinyl in the afternoon/evening, although it likely is best to still wait 24 hours.
     
  14. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

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    What grade of vinyl lasts 20 years?
     
  15. sardocs

    sardocs Active Member

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    The signs I was referring to were all handpainted with OneShot. But I have had good success with cast avery films lasting 12-15 years.
     
  16. Gino

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    We used to use 1Shot, and Ronan, but then started using I believe the name was Insul-X. I don't think it's made anymore, but regardless of the color, it all covered in one coat. We'd prime, top coat, sand tack and one more coat for gloss. That stuff, and the 1Shot would easily last 20 to 25 years. Almost everything was done on duraply, what is known as MDO today. Then letter with 1Shot. That would vary according to colors be lettered.

    As for the OP's question, I say some nice low luster sheen latex paint, that is NOT meant for kitchens, bathrooms or other easy cleanup areas. Those paints will repel the vinyl.
     
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