(Topic ID: 261120)

Preparing for vinyl overlay: sanity check...


By Spraynard

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    I am in the process of doing a retheme of gorgar, and I am planning to do a custom vinyl overlay for the playfield art. I've read up on a bunch of stuff, and there's just a variety of approaches. Here is what I'm planning to do, please yell at me if any of this sounds like I'm going to run into issues.

    Here's what I've already done...
    1. Sanded off old art
    2. replaced inserts with new ones
    3. Sanded inserts flush with 220g orbital sander

    Here's what I plan to do next...
    4. paint areas with art white -- my logic here is that since the art is printed on translucent vinyl, it will allow the colors to pop more. Also, the printing company I'm looking at does not print white on clear vinyl, and they advised me to do this.
    5. paint key lines around all inserts to account for any registration or alignment error
    6. clear coat with spraymax 2k.
    7. install overlay using dry method -- while less tolerant to error, I've read a lot of horror stories from people using wet application.
    8. clear coat over the overlay (using the light coat, light coat, medium coat, heavy coat method, 30 min apart)
    9. question life decisions that brought me to this point.

    One question I have is should I clear coat the bare wood first before laying down the white, then clear coat again over the white before installing vinyl? Is it okay to just install the vinyl over the white?

    Appreciate any tips, advice, or encouragement you can offer me!

    #2 3 months ago

    All sounds good except I would use a finer grit for final sand on inserts.
    Painting white areas white first is a good idea as well as wood areas depending on decal type and quality.
    You can clear wood first but will probably take a couple coats with sanding. You will want it to cure/out gas for awhile before applying decal.
    Wet method is fine but need to make sure wood is sealed good first but I do think dry is best but being your first overlay I would maybe do wet.
    Do a test on decal material before you clear or if not as mentioned above do light/mist coat first and see how it reacts.

    #3 3 months ago
    Quoted from Stretch7:

    All sounds good except I would use a finer grit for final sand on inserts.
    Painting white areas white first is a good idea as well as wood areas depending on decal type and quality.
    You can clear wood first but will probably take a couple coats with sanding. You will want it to cure/out gas for awhile before applying decal.
    Wet method is fine but need to make sure wood is sealed good first but I do think dry is best but being your first overlay I would maybe do wet.
    Do a test on decal material before you clear or if not as mentioned above do light/mist coat first and see how it reacts.

    Thanks! Do you think I should clear the wood, then paint the white, or paint first on bare wood then clear?

    Also, my understanding regarding the grit was that the clear needs some tooth on the insert, And it would still come out sunny in the end.

    I have done a hardtop before, so Iā€™m somewhat familiar with dry method. Only thing that makes me nervous is that vinyl will have a lot more room for error.

    #4 3 months ago

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