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Red calipers with white graphics - best solution?

Post by Jay V » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:26 pm

What do you guys like to do when you have a red caliper (or any part really) that needs white graphics?

I've never had white paint or vinyl stay bright white when applied over red and cured in tests I've done.

The choices, as I see them, would be non-cleared vinyl graphics or non-cleared painted stencils. Either could peel eventually. I don't see any way to do any type of surface prep (sanding/scuffing) of the powder to give adhesion for a painted stencil without messing up the stencil or dulling the entire area.

Any ideas?

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Post by duke46 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:29 am

I wonder how the clear air dry ceramic would do? You could scotch brite the red but not sure if you would want to do that to the decal? The ceramic would help some on heat for protecting it I would think?
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Post by Jay V » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:31 pm

I'm not set-up for wet painting, but powder clear isn't an option from what I've seen.

I wonder how a painted stencil would hold up without being able to have any mechanical adhesion (sanding/scuffing).

Just don't see many options.

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Post by duke46 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:17 am

320 might even be to hot and then maybe not but worth a try?
Call them and see if they might send you out a sample so you could test it? Heck they may send you 2 or 3 lbs like they did me years ago. I bet you can also cure it at 300 for 25 min?
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Re: Red calipers with white graphics - best solution?

Post by david9h » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:52 pm

Could you not do a white base coat and then a red top coat and wipe the red from the words/logo before you cook it. I've done this on valve covers.

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Post by Jay V » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:05 pm

david9h wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:52 pm
Could you not do a white base coat and then a red top coat and wipe the red from the words/logo before you cook it. I've done this on valve covers.
These are flat faced (no raised lettering), but you could do the white powder, apply the letters with a mask, and coat over them in red.

Only issue would be getting the temp/time just right to peel the mask off crisply. Not sure if clearing would cause the edges of the red to bleed over into the white or not.

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Post by duke46 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:23 pm

Red and white has always been a problem for may years. Some guys win and some loose the battle :(

First time I tried it was on a display Mac truck mirror and I coated it red and then white and finger wiped the white off the red and I ended up with a very nice PINK MAC mirror :lol:
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