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Old 12-19-2012, 08:27 AM   #1
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Make Your Own Decals

Saw Martha Stewart making and putting decals on tin and plastic gifts. She recommended getting "water slide decal paper" for an inkjet printer from this source @ 10 - 81/2 X 11 sheets for $10.50, perfect for the two Trillium decals I need:

http://www.beldecal.com/
Step 4 in the video shows how to do it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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Saw Martha Stewart making and putting decals on tin and plastic gifts. She recommended getting "water slide decal paper" for an inkjet printer from this source @ 10 - 81/2 X 11 sheets for $10.50, perfect for the two Trillium decals I need:

Ceramic Decals - Custom printed Water-slide Ceramic & Glass Decals Transfers
Step 4 in the video shows how to do it.
I made my own decals to put on mugs for the trailer. The decal paper I bought was very thin and it was a bear to transfer without wrinkling or tearing. I used the lacquer coat but I don't remember putting 3 coats. This product seems to be a bit thicker so I think it would go easier. Let me know what your experience is with this paper as I gave up on mine after three or four tries to get one mug.

I wonder if it's the lacquer that adds some robustness and the 3 or more coats is key.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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As I've posted before, you can also make inexpensive decals here.

Custom Vinyl Decals, Car & Truck Window Decals, Vinyl Graphics

Still have free shipping. They also make clear decals to install inside a window. Not as delicate as the above - probably better for a larger item like on a trailer side, bumper or window.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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I don't know how well the inkjet ink will hold up to regular exposure to sun and weather, though. I think that they might fade out pretty quickly.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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I went to a decal / sign guy to get a reproduction logo decal made for our vintage teardrop. He was the third place I tried, the first two jerked me around for months. He did a good job at a reasonable price and had them done in less than a week. 8 decals, about 3 X 5", $40. These are of the type used on truck bodies.
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Yeah Im with Pam, the UV's will probably eat those exterior sticker's up. Kinko's used to make custom peel off letters and such... bet they could do it and its exterior grade material.

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Any sign shop that does vinyl lettering should be able to make you anything you want. They use commercial grade outdoor vinyl that lasts a very long time if not forever.
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Time now for a completely irrelevant trip down Memory Lane:

I remember learning to make decals as a kid by painting/drying successive coats of clear glue over magazine pictures. Once the requisite number of coats had been applied and allowed to cure the work was immersed in water, which loosened the backing paper and allowed it to be peeled away from the picture.

Of course, that was back before inks used in magazines were water soluble...

Thank you for allowing me this Geezer Moment- we now return you to your discussion!

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Yea, I think this was just about the same time that we switched from kerosene to gas lamps.
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Yea, I think this was just about the same time that we switched from kerosene to gas lamps.


Yeah- and the "magazines" I referred to were the Monkey Wards catalogues. We always tore the pictures out before putting the rest of the paper to work in the..... "outside facilities".

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Yeah- and the "magazines" I referred to were the Monkey Wards catalogs. We always tore the pictures out before putting the rest of the paper to work in the..... "outside facilities".

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We were rich. We used Nieman Marcus catalogs.
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As I've posted before, you can also make inexpensive decals here. Custom Vinyl Decals, Car & Truck Window Decals, Vinyl Graphics
Tom, thanks for the tip - I just placed an order. Pretty neat how you can upload a custom image for them.
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Tom, thanks for the tip - I just placed an order. Pretty neat how you can upload a custom image for them.
Yea, I made this decal there.
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I'd really like to use this info to get new decals for my Cloud, but I need a good pic of the original. If anyone has any Cloud info I'd sure appreciate it. She's getting painted right after New Years. Thanks.

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