Definitely a decal. Hides the shine of the paint. And no, I think the decal will not last long at all. One edge on mine was already curled up just waiting for a pressure washer to take it off. I looked at my truck long and hard and then took a heat gun an ripped the graphics off one side. Looked a lot better! Couldn't wait to get the other side off.
another op is to have it clear coated over the graphics.. did this with my roush mustang on the hood scoop were it said roushcharged. not sure the cost to clear the bed and doors thow. might not be worth it.
So far all you have heard is negative about the graphics on the truck, here is some positive. I have a blue flame Raptor and love the graphics that are on the truck. Have gotten nothing but great comments about them from all who see it. I live on a military base and there are lots of young car enthusiasts and they love the truck. I have not had one negative comment about the looks so far. And the durability so far has been good. I inspect a lot and have had no peeiling or other issues. Just my .02. Have had her since Jan 2010.:smiley_thumbs_up:
I love the graphics also!!! I think the truck loos great with or without them.. Its just personal preference... Down the road 10 years from now if they get messed up I can remove them and have shiny paint under them... No complaints here