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Old 03-13-2017, 02:33 PM   #1
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tailgate letters? painting them

What is the best way to paint the tailgate letters. Do they make stencils or do you guys tape the off? thanks Rick
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Old 03-13-2017, 02:55 PM   #2
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

Here is the best method I have found, after trying them all.
Paint your letters, install the vinyl decals, paint the rest of your tailgate, remove the decals, clear entire gate.
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Old 03-13-2017, 09:15 PM   #3
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

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Here is the best method I have found, after trying them all.
Paint your letters, install the vinyl decals, paint the rest of your tailgate, remove the decals, clear entire gate.
Thats sound advice right there...
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:47 PM   #4
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

I wish I could find a decal in the design I need.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:26 AM   #5
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

Has someone done that paint, stick-on letters, paint tailgate method and had success? I'd be concerned about pulling the fresh paint off with the sticker. I mean that ain't masking tape. Those letters use serious stick'um since it is mean to be permanent. Hck, you run the same risk using masking tape. The factory stencilled, but I have hand lettered some and had a pro do others. Why involve repainting a tailgate that doesn't need paint when there are better alternatives. You'd probably pay a sign painter less than what it would cost you to buy the letters and paint materials. It's a small quick job for them.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:25 AM   #6
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

Like I said, I've tried them all, and this is the BEST method, that I have done.
If your gate doesn't need painting, then I would just add the decals, and be done.
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:09 PM   #7
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Re: tailgate letters? painting them

I'm concerned about the strength of the glue on the letters also. I read somewhere ( maybe here) you lay the letters out on masking tape, trim the tape to the letters then apply them, that way they come off easier. I'm concerned about getting the first corner pulled up without damaging fresh paint. special-k's idea of a sign painter is a great idea, not many around anymore, everything's gone to vinyl stickers (just like our tailgate letters!)

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