Decals to restore wiper + light switch stalks (1 Viewer)

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Just ordered a set from your ebay store. John McVicker turned me on to them. What about a topcoat of clear fingernail polish?
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for your order -- I actually have a picture with nail polish as a sealer (see below)

The installation is not perfect but nail polish appears not to ruin the decal + provides a protective semi-gloss coating. You can dab it just on the decal part or try the whole stalk.

HTH,

Mo

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Cruise control??? What is that?🤣🤣🤣
This is from another car -- I have to post pictures from other cars sometimes to show a coating or installation method.

It generally helps anyone who needs to visualize an idea -- I used to peg back my hand throttle when my right foot got a little tired :steer:

-Mo
 

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Hey John- looks great! Which top coat did you end up using?
@ThorH I’ve not top coated it yet. I bought some Testors Spray Lacquer but am still trying to decide what exactly to use. Finger nail polish will do the job but I think it might look too thick?

This is the stuff I bought...not recommending this however as I haven’t even used it yet. I live in a small town and it’s all I could find.

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@63FST

Do you spray or bush-on top coat? Or does it matter ?

@Spike Strip

I have seen owners do both -- some even paint there entire stalk first, then decal, then clear-coat.

If you paint the entire stalk clear then it will have the finish and texture of the clear (ie gloss or semi-gloss) which I think looks fine.

I have and would also recommend lightly brushing clear on the decal itself (OK if a little spills around the edge) -- you can make 2,3,even four passes that way and the protection will be very good. You just don't want to touch these directly with oily fingers, etc....

So it comes down to look and how much protection you feel you need.

Hope this answers your question a bit more......

-Mo
 
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@ThorH I’ve not top coated it yet. I bought some Testors Spray Lacquer but am still trying to decide what exactly to use. Finger nail polish will do the job but I think it might look too thick?

This is the stuff I bought...not recommending this however as I haven’t even used it yet. I live in a small town and it’s all I could find.

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@John McVicker

I think this is own of the better choices and lots of scale modelers rave about this brand and coating plastic --

Please share with us your results and let us know what finish type this is (ie dull, semi-gloss, etc...)

Sorry if I don't have all of the answers but it certainly helps to listen to dedicated owners who put in a great deal of effort and pass along some of the knowledge for others.

Appreciate it,

-Mo
 

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Hi Spike,

I can post it here for anyone interested.



There is even RHD:



i just cleaned out the ebay store

just saw these first time for all my rocker switch and puch button switches

i also grabbed the 2 BMW oem fogs

they look toyota


you have any more different ones


this was phase 1

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Wow that is impressive -- and thanks for your order....I think you have bought all of my original Toyota styles and feel free to contact me if you need more --

That interior-kit has most Toyota OE style symbols and I am happy they will be put to good use -- appreciate the follow up here.

Interior-kit link below ( lots of original Toyota switch decals on this kit )

 
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The ISM looks like the best way to go as far as quality alone. You're right though, it is damn expensive. $150 for a 30ml bottle. Honestly though considering I have a couple small exterior parts I want to do as well, this may be a good option for me once I get those parts done.
I’ve used ISM coat for coating a few cars, it’s great and very easy to work with compared to other ceramic coatings. One warning though, once you open the bottle you have about a month to use it before it is unusable (turns into a bottle glass). Kamikaze makes ISM and they also make a slightly cheaper option, Miyabi. I’d guess both would work great for this application but given the price, usable time after opening it & size of the smallest bottle, I’d use the rest to coat a car/truck in need of a ceramic coat at the same time. Esoteric car care is the US importer for the Kamikaze line and they will run sales on occasion. Hope that helps if you go this route.
 
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I’ve used ISM coat for coating a few cars, it’s great and very easy to work with compared to other ceramic coatings. One warning though, once you open the bottle you have about a month to use it before it is unusable (turns into a bottle glass). Kamikaze makes ISM and they also make a slightly cheaper option, Miyabi. I’d guess both would work great for this application but given the price, usable time after opening it & size of the smallest bottle, I’d use the rest to coat a car/truck in need of a ceramic coat at the same time. Esoteric car care is the US importer for the Kamikaze line and they will run sales on occasion. Hope that helps if you go this route.

Great knowledge @Effjaysixtwo -- I would like to thank you on behalf of all for sharing this wisdom. It would make sense to coat as much of your truck as possible or share with a friend :)
 
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The ISM looks like the best way to go as far as quality alone. You're right though, it is damn expensive. $150 for a 30ml bottle. Honestly though considering I have a couple small exterior parts I want to do as well, this may be a good option for me once I get those parts done.
When I was in school for woodworking the best lesson I learned was that people only see the last 5% of the work you put in on the finishing of the finish. So don’t skimp on the last steps. And paint strippers are like all strippers... you get what you pay for.
 

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