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Old 07-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hello folks.Wife and I are thinking about afixing images from magazines and newspapers to our front end cap on our airstream trailer.It has gotten old and yellowed,also has a couple cracks. Does anyone have ideas how we would go about doing this.We would like a satin finish when done with it.Wife said mod podge if I am pronouncing that right.
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Hello folks.Wife and I are thinking about afixing images from magazines and newspapers to our front end cap on our airstream trailer.It has gotten old and yellowed,also has a couple cracks. Does anyone have ideas how we would go about doing this.We would like a satin finish when done with it.Wife said mod podge if I am pronouncing that right.
I am not certain about the properties of today's mod podge, but the product that I remember from the 1970s had a tendency to yellow and crack when exposed to protracted periods of high heat such as when a trailer might be stored during the hot summer months. I don't know whether coating the final product with a matte finish polyurethane (be sure that the polyurethane is non-yellowing) would reduce the likelihood of cracking or crazing.

I think that your idea would produce a wonderful atmosphere of travel and adventure!

Good luck with your project!

Kevin

P.S.: You may need to lightly scuff the ABS plastic with very fine sandpaper prior to applying your decorative finish.
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"mod podge" seems to be a line of decoupage products with a really, really poor website. It's hard to find any info on what sorts of surfaces it's designed to work with, but the fact that most of them say "cleans up with water and soap" suggests that it's not likely to be harmful to the plastic.

Another thing to consider for sprucing up the endcap (unless you are just specifically looking to cover it up with decoupage) is to fill the cracks with an appropriate epoxy (perhaps with a layer or two of fiberglass cloth behind it for strength) and then to use a paint designed for plastic such as Krylon Fusion.

I'd recommend doing the epoxy/fiberglass fix before doing the decoupage anyway, since the cracks could continue to grow.
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I'd recommend doing the epoxy/fiberglass fix before doing the decoupage anyway, since the cracks could continue to grow.
This is really good advice. Another piece of advise would be to also paint it with Krylon Fusion before your "mod podge" at least their primer, the "mod podge" may stick better to the paint then just the plastic.
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Thanks for your comment Kevin.
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"mod podge" seems to be a line of decoupage products with a really, really poor website. It's hard to find any info on what sorts of surfaces it's designed to work with, but the fact that most of them say "cleans up with water and soap" suggests that it's not likely to be harmful to the plastic.

Another thing to consider for sprucing up the endcap (unless you are just specifically looking to cover it up with decoupage) is to fill the cracks with an appropriate epoxy (perhaps with a layer or two of fiberglass cloth behind it for strength) and then to use a paint designed for plastic such as Krylon Fusion.

I'd recommend doing the epoxy/fiberglass fix before doing the decoupage anyway, since the cracks could continue to grow.
I have heard of that method before.I did some canoeing before kayaks down some fairly rough water.I always kept fiberglass and epoxy around. Thank you for the reminder though
I am still serching for other ideas and advice before procedding with this project.My hope is that someone will come aslong thats tried it before.Wife and I cut out quite a few cowboy and western images the other night and taped them up there.We had the kids over and they gave their approval.That was somewhat encourging.
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Thanks Wazbro. I will do that good advice. I intend to go out and take a photo of it today.I will post it so you folks can get the idea of what I am trying for.
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Use wallpaper paste to attach the pics to the endcaps and then use a clear polyurethane to coat and seal the images or if you want to tape it all up and spray you could use an automotive clear coat and seal it.
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I used mod podge to make a camp box. It went down over wood tho. Easy to do. Put mod podge (which is nothing more than glue) down first. Lay picture and brush glue over top. Can just keep adding layers. Only advice is to rub picture down good getting all the air bubbles out. Let dry well between coats. I did polyurethane coats over all once completed.
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I used mod podge to make a camp box. It went down over wood tho. Easy to do. Put mod podge (which is nothing more than glue) down first. Lay picture and brush glue over top. Can just keep adding layers. Only advice is to rub picture down good getting all the air bubbles out. Let dry well between coats. I did polyurethane coats over all once completed.
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Here is a few photos of my end cap folks.We taped them up to get the feel of what it would look like. Lots of good ideas so far.Never thought about wallpaper glue.I would not have thought it would stick to the ABS surface.We are really getting excited to do this project.Wife has added the bathroom wall and entry door to the list if I can come up with a solid method. Thanks for all the input and advice.We will post images as we go along in case others would like to try it.Keep your thoughts and comments coming please.
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I used mod podge to make a camp box. It went down over wood tho. Easy to do. Put mod podge (which is nothing more than glue) down first. Lay picture and brush glue over top. Can just keep adding layers. Only advice is to rub picture down good getting all the air bubbles out. Let dry well between coats. I did polyurethane coats over all once completed.
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Use wallpaper paste to attach the pics to the endcaps and then use a clear polyurethane to coat and seal the images or if you want to tape it all up and spray you could use an automotive clear coat and seal it.
Would you mind sharing some more of your method for wallpaper glue?I would never had thought about using that.Not sure it would stick to the ABS.
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Okiegent - Some of the pictures are from actual old magazines I had been collecting but a lot are from things I didn't want to ruin so they are off a copy machine. Once you glue and put coats of poly on top you can't tell the difference. You can also make the size you want. You can also print images from the internet that you could never obtain otherwise. I did same technique to serving trays, storage boxes, pretty much anything.
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