Polishing over decals

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Polishing over decals

Post by SeniorNarwhal » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:52 am

Hi all! Need some advice for a polishing newbee. I have a 2017 Power Wagon (red) with decals. After this truck has been parked outside for over a year (no other choice) it definitely needs the full cleaning treatment. I planned on getting a dual action polisher and use a single step polishing compound (likely VSS from chemical guys) to remove scratches and swirls.

Unless I'm wrong, I don't think I can use the dual action and polishing solution across the decals. So I have a few questions:

1) Can I (Should I?) clay bar the decals? I plan on using clay mit from chemical guys on the rest of the truck.

2) What products and cleaning methods should I employ on the decals to keep them looking good?

3) What would be the best method for polishing the red lettering where it is paint showing from the decal cut outs. In addition to the paint that surrounds the decal lettering.

I basically want to get this looking back to factory new so I can seal the paint and keep it protected. What are the rest of you clean freaks doing to keep your truck looking good? Especially around the decals!

Thanks all in advance for the help!

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Re: Polishing over decals

Post by DirtyOffroad » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:30 pm

I have always used simple glass cleaner/car wash on decals. Anything harsher will probably damage them and definitely don't polish them
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Re: Polishing over decals

Post by waldo » Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:36 pm

SeniorNarwhal wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:52 am

What are the rest of you clean freaks doing to keep your truck looking good? Especially around the decals!

Thanks all in advance for the help!
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Re: Polishing over decals

Post by Bigdodge » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:10 am

Clay bar will keep them clean. I really wouldn't worry about getting in the lettering. Just tape off around the decals. Doesn't have to be perfect as u will never get right up next to objects. Within a inch for me is acceptable. I just finished a 2 stage polish to get scratches out and it makes a world of difference. Very time consuming and tedious though

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Re: Polishing over decals

Post by FordyceCreekTrail » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:47 am

Problem is 2017 plus PW badges are awesome! Prior to that they were "Dragons Vomit" Per Chrysler.
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