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    Looking for a Bike Painter/Restorer

    I have a look cf kg96 and 2 of the decals are a bit damaged.
    I am trying to get them made up in Europe but don't know if that is going to work.

    I am looking for someone in the states who may have the decals or be able to touch up the existing ones.

    Thank you in advance

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    Have you checked out Joe Bell (http://www.campyonly.com/joebell.html)? I know he does some awesome restorations of vintage bikes, and can source hard to find decals. Be prepared to pay . . . and wait.

    Usual disclaimer - I'm not associated with him, not even a customer, yada, yada, yada.

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    Look no further. Here they are: ebay auction number 350714816975. Here is the web address: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOOK-KG-96-/...item51a83b69cf . Good luck.
    Last edited by rpenmanparker; 08-27-13 at 02:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Look no further. Here they are: ebay auction number 350714816975. Here is the web address: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOOK-KG-96-/...item51a83b69cf . Good luck.
    Thank you.
    I have been in contact with Dizzibird for over a week... Those decals are not idential to the KG96 CF/ceramic frame.. They are close but not the same... Mine have black outlines along the different colors
    while his do not... Here is an except from an email he sent after I had sent him pictures of my decals.

    "Good job you sent me these! The picture you have are from a different frame altogether, still Look, but another model (or maybe year?) The one’s I have are all separate colours, held together with clear application tape for placing in the frame, so that the carbon shows through the gaps. The one’s in your pictures are (I think) solid in so far that the gaps are actually black which masks out the carbon"

    I was so excited when I came across these on ebay that I emailed him immediately because they sure looked the same, but as you can see from his email they are not... As a matter of fact he sent me a template of another KG96 with all the decals and it was identical to my bike including the "ceramic" decals.
    He said that he did not have the actual decals but would work on getting them laser printed... They are very slow in Europe this time of year . BTW he is vert knowledgable about vintage bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenshireen View Post
    Thank you.
    I have been in contact with Dizzibird for over a week... Those decals are not idential to the KG96 CF/ceramic frame.. They are close but not the same... Mine have black outlines along the different colors
    while his do not... Here is an except from an email he sent after I had sent him pictures of my decals.

    "Good job you sent me these! The picture you have are from a different frame altogether, still Look, but another model (or maybe year?) The one’s I have are all separate colours, held together with clear application tape for placing in the frame, so that the carbon shows through the gaps. The one’s in your pictures are (I think) solid in so far that the gaps are actually black which masks out the carbon"

    I was so excited when I came across these on ebay that I emailed him immediately because they sure looked the same, but as you can see from his email they are not... As a matter of fact he sent me a template of another KG96 with all the decals and it was identical to my bike including the "ceramic" decals.
    He said that he did not have the actual decals but would work on getting them laser printed... They are very slow in Europe this time of year . BTW he is vert knowledgable about vintage bikes
    Sorry. I should have know you would be all over that. But when dealing with replacement decals (and frames too), sometimes it is necessary to make allowances for not quite identical. If these decals are appropriate, and say the right things, are the right size, I would just use them as is. IMO there is a limit to how fanatical we can hope to be seeking exact replication in a repaint or restoration. Nothing lasts forever. If you can redo the bike in a way that looks good and still shows off manufacturer's decals (without false information), what is the harm? Life is too short. I just finished a repaint and was just glad to get a set of decals that looked something like what the custom builder had put on in the first place. It was a long time ago. Nobody knows the difference except me, and I don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Sorry. I should have know you would be all over that. But when dealing with replacement decals (and frames too), sometimes it is necessary to make allowances for not quite identical. If these decals are appropriate, and say the right things, are the right size, I would just use them as is. IMO there is a limit to how fanatical we can hope to be seeking exact replication in a repaint or restoration. Nothing lasts forever. If you can redo the bike in a way that looks good and still shows off manufacturer's decals (without false information), what is the harm? Life is too short. I just finished a repaint and was just glad to get a set of decals that looked something like what the custom builder had put on in the first place. It was a long time ago. Nobody knows the difference except me, and I don't care.
    I am beginning to think you are a man of wisdom.. The more time I spend chasing down someone fabricating these idential decals or having to send my bike from GA to CA to have someone had paint the decal is becoming a bit overwhelming.. This bike, though vintage and pretty, is not mint nor original..
    As a matter of fact I have a campy crankset. I might just leave it alone.. As the saying goes if it aint broken don't fixit. The top tube decal has a visible mark on it but removing it and replacing and then having to have it resprayed with an overcoat is not worth any additional effort. I have put the feelers out there all over the world for the identical decal.. If I can't find it I will take the ones from DB without the black lines... It will be close enough... color scheme is the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenshireen View Post
    I am beginning to think you are a man of wisdom.. The more time I spend chasing down someone fabricating these idential decals or having to send my bike from GA to CA to have someone had paint the decal is becoming a bit overwhelming.. This bike, though vintage and pretty, is not mint nor original..
    As a matter of fact I have a campy crankset. I might just leave it alone.. As the saying goes if it aint broken don't fixit. The top tube decal has a visible mark on it but removing it and replacing and then having to have it resprayed with an overcoat is not worth any additional effort. I have put the feelers out there all over the world for the identical decal.. If I can't find it I will take the ones from DB without the black lines... It will be close enough... color scheme is the same
    Yeah, I can see chasing decals for a complete restoration, ding repairs, new paint, new decals, the works. Or if the decals are just applied with no clear coat like on many titanium frames. It is just a peel and stick situation. But to respray clearcoat on a frame for one decal replacement. That, for me, would be a bit much.

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