What You Should Know About Replacing RV Decals
Faded or scratched RV decals can make an otherwise beautiful RV look older than it is. RV decals seem to be the first thing that shows age on the exterior of an RV. Replacing your RV’s peeling, faded decals will definitely add to its curb appeal.
You can get decals replaced at an RV shop or dealer for anywhere between $1,500 and $10,000 for a full set. The price will depend on the size of the decals and the size of your RV.
With a little know-how, time, and the right RV replacement decals, it’s often not difficult to replace RV decals yourself. The key is knowing how to find the right RV replacement decals for the year, make, and model of your rig. In this article, we’ll discuss some options for finding RV replacement decals.
Before you start removing your old decals, there are a few things you need to consider. Replacing RV decals is not difficult, but knowing what you’re in for ahead of time will save you from any unwanted surprises.
How to remove RV decals
- This is the most tedious and time-consuming part of replacing RV decals.
- The safest way to remove RV decals is by using heat and a plastic razor blade.
- Other options for decal removal are by using a razor or a decal eraser wheel that fits on a drill.
- When you remove old decals, you’ll need to use an adhesive remover like this one from 3M.
- After the decals are off, you may be left with ghosting, which will need to be polished before applying the new decals.
- If all this sounds like too much work, you can always get your RV’s old decals professionally removed by an RV detailing shop. Then you can install the new decals yourself.
Measuring for new decals
- Unless your RV is more than 12 years old, you’ll probably just need to look up your RV make, model, and year on the RV replacement decal company’s website. Then you can find the exact decals you are looking for listed under its tab on their website.
- If your RV isn’t listed on the RV decal company’s website, you can always send them photos of your rig, follow their measurement instructions, and they will custom make any decals you need.
Replacing RV decals
- You’ll need to thoroughly clean the area where the decals are to be installed with rubbing alcohol to get any residue off.
- Tape the decal backing in place with painter’s tape. Then use a measuring tape to ensure it’s going in the exact spot you want it.
- Watch the video below to see how to install decals to have a professional result.
Where to find RV replacement decals
If your RV is fairly new, you can order new RV replacement decals from your RV’s manufacturer. It used to be that the only place you could get RV replacement decals was through the manufacturer. However, if an RV is older than five years old, your manufacturer may not have the right decals for it.
Fortunately, there are now a number of companies that specialize in marketing stickers for most RV years, makes, and models.
RV Decals Direct specializes in producing RV decals from high-quality vinyl. Decals are made to order and available for most RVs. RV Decals Direct lets you order the specific decals you need, or you can order a full set for your RV. You can look up your RV’s make, model, and year on their website to find the graphics you need.
Shipping prices are currently $24 in Canada or $35 in the US. Their website has detailed how-to videos for removing your old decals and installing shiny new ones.
RV Graphics Store produces high-quality replacement RV decals for any RV. While they specialize in supplying RV shops and dealers with decals, they also serve DIYers who are looking to save the costs of a professional decal installation.
You can look up your RV make, model, and year on their website to find the decals you need. Shipping charges vary according to the location of the shipping address.
Par 3 Wraps is a Texas company that will make custom replacement decals for your RV and ship them to you. They make each order to fit their customer’s requirements. Shipping costs vary, but Par 3 Wraps will ship anywhere in the world.
Replacing your worn RV decals with new ones isn’t difficult, but it is labor intensive. Removing the old decals is the most time-consuming (and tedious) part of this job.
Once the removal is done, careful surface preparation, pretaping, and measuring will help to ensure you end up with a professional-looking result. If you never want to have to replace your RV decals, click here to read how to protect your RV decals.
Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with an online tool such as RV LIFE Maintenance. Not only can you keep all of your documents in one place, but you’ll also receive timely reminders when maintenance is due to help you avoid costly repairs and potentially serious accidents.