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Old 06-24-20, 06:40 AM
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How to Make bike decals?

Can anyone pass on their experience or point me to a good site or youtube video on making my own decals and applying them to my bike? I still have the original decal on my bike, which I took a picture of but they are in rough shape. My talented son did some magic in Photoshop and cleaned the image up so now I need to print it on decal paper and get them on the bike.
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I used beldecal waterslide paper, but they seem to be gone now.
Waterslide is very thin, and needs to be covered in clear. Vinyl is not as thin, but can be applied on top.
The one choice [at least with their waterslide paper] you'd need to make is print on clear paper, or do you need a white backing?
Also, your home printer won't print silver or gold, if you need those colors.
You can always take your file to someone in town and have them print some up.
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Old 06-24-20, 08:21 AM
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If you're going the vinyl direction, I believe you can make them on a Cricut machine.
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What's the bike? There are a lot of existing repro decals on the market, and it might be easier to buy.
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@rhm has done this with some success. For example: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...nk-canvas.html I don't know his technique.

Velocals will make custom decals for you. If you just want letters and one of their standard fonts, it's cheap and easy.
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These people are really good too
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Cheap and fast? https://diylettering.com/ is my go-to for rub on vinyl.

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Not lettering but this logo on the front fork. Do you think this decal exisits out there somewhere?

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https://velocals.com/peugeot-fork-de...te-top-1-pair/
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These days to do the pro looking ones like Cyclomondo and Velocals sell requires an expensive printer and some pro graphics software, and the knowledge to use it. However, a run of the mill laserprinter will work for simple black and white decals. Decal paper is fun. Depending on the graphics, sometimes it's possible to infill by hand with a gold paint pen etc. There are lots of threads on this sort of thing on various guitar forums.

Old school decals I believe would have been made using photostats and silkscreen, but not sure on that.
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Heck, $9.95 that's a no brainer. Hopefully they ship to Canada OK. Thanks Salamandrine!
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gugie , thanks for the link to DIYlettering.com. I just placed an order with them. I like that I can design and can modify the shape of the words. The only thing that I don't like, for the simple version, is that I cannot add a symbol, like a star. There is a more advanced version that does this but, I am happy with the way it will look without the star. I will have my graphics with a border for just over $20 with shipping. I will weed it my self to save money.

This bike is low end, I can't reveal what I am working on. It will look good in the end. I'll post when it is complete.
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Graphics arrived and are on the frame. Now I can't hide the low endedness any more. The good thing about such a bike is that I have artistic licence. If this were a Raleigh, I could probably find the decals somewhere, but who would have a Royce Union graphic.



This looks a lot better than the original foil graphics. Maybe too good. If I do it again I would make the letter size a little smaller. I wanted it to look vintage, but with such big letters it looks like a modern bike trying to look vintage. It is not clear coated yet. So this is the just the vinyl on top of the paint.
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Looks great Velo Mule!
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...those are really nice work for 20 bucks. I might do something like that for the Michael Johnson frame I have here. Thanks.
Is that with a clear overcoat of urethane sprayed on ? Or is it something else ?
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Old 07-08-20, 02:39 AM
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I cant post links yet, but if you search youtube for "How to print uci certification on a bike like a pro", you can find how to make water slide decals, and tips for your clear coat over it.
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