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Old 04-14-2014, 07:18 AM   #1
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Vinyl sticker care

I have a Freedom edition and I'm leaving the big honkin' star on the hood. Any suggestions or insight on if I need to do anything extra with it? I was planning on just cleaning it and waxing it with the rest of the hood to give it a layer of protection from the elements. Is there something else I should clean them with or what not?

I just don't want it to end up like the vinyl side of my older magnetic decals that have, through age, have reached at point that the local pollen has become one with the decal, leaving it dingy and uncleanable.

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Wax is the best thing you can do to it. Just remember to remove it before 3 years passes. Most vinyl that car dealers use is not 5-7 year vinyl. I remove my vinyl every year at least to give the paint a good cleaning before putting new decals back on

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I would have preferred the Rubicon and Wrangler stickers were just painted on instead, stickers suck.
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so go have them painted - it's not that expensive compared to jeep parts
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Wax is the best thing you can do to it. Just remember to remove it before 3 years passes. Most vinyl that car dealers use is not 5-7 year vinyl. I remove my vinyl every year at least to give the paint a good cleaning before putting new decals back on
I'll note that these aren't dealer stickers, these are the Freedom edition stickers. So I'd hope they'd be halfway decent. Having them painted on may be an option, I'm not 100% on that.

But it sounds like wax is the way to go, then.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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Even most decal shops have approx a 3-5 year outdoor life
It all depends on if it's in the sun a lot. Vinyl starts breaking down as soon as it's applied. That's why O change mine out quite a bit. I've been installing decals and wraps for the past 10 years. Everything from NASCAR to fleet vehicles to personal cars
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I've wondered the same thing. I worried that the corners and edges would start curling up. I was half-tempted to create a layer of clear plasti-dip over the region. Would that help at all?
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no, if they are turning up, just replace. vinyl is so cheap! clear plasti-dip is not clear and will make your paint look faded
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no, if they are turning up, just replace. vinyl is so cheap! clear plasti-dip is not clear and will make your paint look faded

Are there better decals to purchase over other? I would hate to buy something I like and it end up looking bad in just a year.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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Most good places use a 3-5 year vinyl but I would never leave vinyl on more than 2 years. It's so cheap to replace and you can really clean your paint in between applications. Remember everything covered in vinyl says looking good its the apint not covered that fades

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