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Old 08-10-2000, 01:21 PM   #1
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1996 Explorer XLT


I've made my own decals. here's how I did it:

I bought "trim" sheets from a hobby shop. These sheets have a paper backing on them. I designed the logo on my computer, and printed it onto the back of the trim sheet. I found that my ink jet smeared terribly on the plastic coated paper, but a laser printer doesn't smear at all.

You have to print the image in reverse since you are printing on the back of the decal, unless it's a window sticker where the sticky part faces out.

After printing, I put a lamp under a glass table. I put the sheet on the glass with the printed part down, and it shines through so I could see it. Then, I traced all the lines with the blade, without cutting the paper backing. I pulled off the stuff that wasn't part of the sticker...

Finally, I stuck electrical tape on the front side of the stickers, and pulled them off the paper backing. This keeps them lined up correctly. then, all I had to do is apply them to the car, and carefully pull off the electrical tape.

Sounds like a pain, and it is... but it's cheaper than buying them.


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Old 08-10-2000, 01:25 PM   #2
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I HAD mine made... depending on the size...

they cost...
$2 ea
to $150 ea...

don't see how all that work is worth it when u can have it done professionally...

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Old 08-10-2000, 01:29 PM   #3
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Hmm... Maybe I need to find a vinyl shop? I didn't think you could get them that cheap...

(feeling a little silly... )

Oh well - I've only made a few small decals anyway. and it was fun darn it!

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Old 08-11-2000, 12:52 AM   #4
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Post Making my own decal

Ok, I've got my hands on some sticky vinyl. I want to make my own decals. I want to do the STi thing. I was thinking of printing the logo out on paper and use that piece of paper to cut out a template on a board or something. Have any of you made your own decals? How'd you do 'em?
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