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Old 11-15-10, 08:51 PM   #1
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Decals - To Use or Not to Use???

I am lucky enough to have a mid seventies CCM "Tour du Canada". For a couple of years, now, I have been trying to get around to making decals for the bicycle. Then, out of the blue, a fellow contacted me and asked if I would be interested in an original set of CCM "Tour du Canada" decals, purchased at the same time as he purchased his TdC back in the seventies.



Needless to say, I said "Yes, I would be interested" and, to make a long story, a bit shorter, the gentleman sent me the decal set, complete with CCM headbadge, free of charge. He was even kind enough to pay the postage. I was a bit stunned. And now my problem...

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Should I use, what might be the last set of these original decals on the planet, or preserve them? A failed attempt to apply and then that's that. Poof - gone forever! Once applied - poof - gone forever!

I cannot reproduce the decals, since I cannot print "white". I want to finish my bicycle (it is already painted) but I do not want to destroy the original decal set. I was thinking of sending the original set to the fellow in Australia to see if he can reproduce the set and without damaging my original decals.

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Old 11-15-10, 08:54 PM   #2
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I was thinking of sending the original set to the fellow in Australia to see if he can reproduce the set and without damaging my original decals.

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This is probably what I would do. If you could get them replicated to put on the bike and keep these original that would be ideal.
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....sending the original set to the fellow in Australia to see if he can reproduce the set and without damaging my original decals....
That is an excellent idea.
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Old 11-15-10, 08:59 PM   #4
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Reproducing original decals

Hi Randy, you could send them to me, I can reproduce them faithfully to the original. Reproducing originals is my specialty.

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I wouldn't send them anywhere. What if they get lost in the post. Rare maybe...but a possibility.

I would photgraph them in detail. Measure them carefully and do up on a graphics program or give the info to someone who can.

Won't the originals eventually dry out anyway?
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If you use them, hold on to them for a bit or send them to a decal reproduction place, I would still try to make a couple high resolution scans of them first for archival purposes at least. I think most decal reproducers should be able to use high resolution image scans to make some high quality reproductions.
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