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Old 09-26-15, 02:21 AM
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Custom Decal Manufacturer Recommendations?

I might have to get the Watanabe frame I recently purchased repainted, but I'm loathe to lose the absolutely gorgeous, kinda psychedelic look of the original Watanabe decals. I'd like to find somewhere I can send high-res photos and dimensions of the decals and have them reproduced.

Did some googling and the array of options for custom decal work were a bit dizzying so I was hoping some folks on here had some best option recommendations.
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Old 09-26-15, 09:54 AM
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your Printer.. you can print waterslide decals. most counties or at least states, have sign and graphics businesses .
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I used to work in a print shop. Printing high quality decals and being able to have the the skill to reproduce artwork within a narrow set of dimensions requires skill possessed by neither I nor my POS printer that I'm convinced has it out for me already give that last week, it ejected a small hunk of metal at me, which is not something I made up.

I'm aware there are a lot of options out there. I'm looking for recommendations that you, the general public of this insane and insanely useful board, might make based on personal experience.

Also, worst case, I can't get the Watanabe logos recreated and compensate with some really cool new logo, so your recommendations would be priceless.
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Old 09-27-15, 03:40 AM
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i just wanted to add that Watanabe makes some of the most gorgeous decals I've ever seen and this isn't some lame ass attempt to display cred. I could care less about NJS stuff (didn't know what NJS was until after I grabbed the frame purely on the basis of it being affordable and lugged), but those decals on that lugged frame? Well, it goes without saying that I have a hard time not throwing money at aesthetics without any sense given to practicality and thank the gods for the collective wet blanket unconscious of this board for having steered me straight multiple times.

So please, your favorite custom decal printer would be deeply appreciated.
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Search the Classic and Vintage forum.

Question has been asked before and there are some folks out there who can help.
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Thanks. I did about 45 mins worth of frantic googling but sometimes searching the archives here can get a little intimidating.
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Ahhh, found several recommendations already. Thank you for your patience.
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I have used Velocals on a recent Bertin restoration and was very pleased with the quality of the decals. My painter was impressed with the ease of application and gave no problem with the clearcoat. Communications with the company and promptness of service were above expectations.
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I have used Velocals on a recent Bertin restoration and was very pleased with the quality of the decals. My painter was impressed with the ease of application and gave no problem with the clearcoat. Communications with the company and promptness of service were above expectations.
I just checked out Velocals since I am contemplating a repaint but I don't see any Schwinn stuff at all. I found a decal set on ebay for my Tempo but it was for the other color option and wouldn't be right for my bike. Does Velocals do custom stuff or just what they show in their site?
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I believe they will do custom. On my Bertin, I needed a headtube badge and a seattube decal from different sheets. They consolidated everything I asked onto one sheet, printed it in exactly the colour requested and supplied accurate French language 531 decals as well.The link to the exact page I used is here and shows all the possible colour choices available. They have now permanently modified their Bertin sheets to reflect my requested changes.There are 4 pages of Schwinn decals on their site linked here. Hopefully, yours may be amongest them.
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