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Forum topic by jsepe123 posted 11-28-2010 04:37 AM 2836 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2010 04:37 AM

Hello everyone. I recently completed a motorcycle rocking horse for a coworkers son. I have painted it with enamel spray paint. I have a couple of items I need some guidance on. I am wondering if I should spray it with clear laquer to make the painted surface more durable? Also, I bought some Honda stickers to put on it. If I do need to spray it with clear laquer, should I put the stickers on before I spray it to help keep them from pealing over time? Thanks for the help and I’ll post photos when I get the stickers all installed!

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 11:20 PM

I would be nervous about putting lacquer over the stickers for fear of damaging them.

Test with one sticker on some scrap that has been treated similarly to the bike/rocking horse.

One alternative might be that decoupage coating – I believe it’s water based.

But – as always – test on scrap first.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 11:25 PM

You will really want to test before you put anything over the stickers, but I would put something over them.
I would also finish over the spray paint as well. Stuff for kids takes a bit of a beating, and any added durability will be helpful.

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 08:42 PM

If you can replace the stickers with decals – then use decal set. This stuff dissolves the plastic decals and sets the paint part of the decal. When I had trains – many many moon ago – I did this and lacquered over the work. Looked like it was hand painted.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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