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Picked up a cheap old tank for a little paint project and have a few questions.

Going for BW paint scheme:



I have a question regarding the decal and hopefully, someone here might be able to shed some light. I am wondering if these decals were originally buried under the clearcoat, decals are vinyl.

As I said, this is just a fun project for me, not a pro painter. Shooting with rattle cans.

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If you are referring to the decal in the picture, the ones you can buy are installed by soaking them in water and sliding them onto the tank surface. If you are using that type of decal it should be clear-coated for durability sake. However, it's a tricky procedure to clear coat over that type of decal. One needs to fog on very very light coats until the edges are even with the tank surface. Wet sanding needs to be done very carefully as well. I had '59 CH with the same decal and I had a pro paint over the decal. He ruined one of them in the process by spraying too heavy a coat over it. It damaged the decal. As such, I have an extra one kicking around if you need it because I had to buy another pair.

I am not certain but I believe that the original decals were clear-coated over.
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If you are referring to the decal in the picture, the ones you can buy are installed by soaking them in water and sliding them onto the tank surface. If you are using that type of decal it should be clear-coated for durability sake. However, it's a tricky procedure to clear coat over that type of decal. One needs to fog on very very light coats until the edges are even with the tank surface. Wet sanding needs to be done very carefully as well. I had '59 CH with the same decal and I had a pro paint over the decal. He ruined one of them in the process by spraying too heavy a coat over it. It damaged the decal. As such, I have an extra one kicking around if you need it because I had to buy another pair.

I am not certain but I believe that the original decals were clear-coated over.
Thanks Doc, I have two sets of vinyl decals. Not as finicky as waterslides I would imagine but will take some coating to fully bury, which is why I ask.

Having never done this before ALL input is greatly appreciated.
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Check out 'East Coast Vinyl Werkz'. They do tank decals and give lots of useful info. I've used their decals and they say you can clear coat or leave as is. If they aren't coated then they can be removed in the future whilst coated decals will have to be sanded. Uncoated decals should have a life of 7 years. I've just bought their 11" x 4" tank side decals of the US flag for my black and chrome IH. I hope it will add just a hint of color.
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I found the decal on Ebay. It works great.
The result is not 100% when I put coat over the tank but no probleme with the decal.

1.5 years old pictures.
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Not all vinyl is created equal. I've coated over vinyl several times. If you're looking for completely flat where you can't feel the edge, the thicker vinyls will take a lot of clear.
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Had a go with the birch white. Not nearly enough in one can to hide the primer, so Ill need another can. The color rite tip is trash, spits like crazy, paint is good though.




Figure Ill dust the clear on, apply the decal, dust the decal to lose the edges and then lay on the clear.

Need a new can of white for now.

thanks for the advice and photos.
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Here is the tank with a wet clear (yes I know the decal is reversed, I'm an idiot).
Decals buried nicely and considering the amount of body work I had to do and being my first time doing any of this I am pleased with the end result.
I masked a bit too high with the white, any tips on finishing the clear? A few blobs and particles bothering me.

I may attempt this again down the road.

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wet sand with 1500 wet or dry paper.compound then polish. don't sand through the clear.
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