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Old 05-02-07, 09:45 PM
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Homemade bike decals?

I've seen a couple people with those customized name stickers on their bikes, and I decided I want some of my own. I know you can order them online, but does anybody know of a way to print them yourself? I have a nice photo printer and I was wondering if there was any "decal paper" that would work well on painted metal.

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A friend of mine made some with the same stuff that is used on the decals for model cars and planes..
he applied it over the powder coating... let it dry and then used a light clear coat... it looks factory on his powder coated Motobecane (1976). And you can print them ant home.... on an Inkjet printer.
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Originally Posted by JOEPIPPAS
A friend of mine made some with the same stuff that is used on the decals for model cars and planes..
he applied it over the powder coating... let it dry and then used a light clear coat... it looks factory on his powder coated Motobecane (1976). And you can print them ant home.... on an Inkjet printer.
That sounds good. What kind of material are the bike stickers that you buy online? I assume they don't make you clear coat that part of your frame...
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They are called water slide decals. Here are a few links to places that carry them.

http://www.mcgpaper.com/decals.html

http://www.beldecal.com/inkjet_decals.cfm

Good luck. have fun. I hope this was helpful..
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Any good hobby shop will have what you need, or you can order it online. You have to buy the decal sheets and a spray fixer. Be sure to user the fixing agent that matches the sheets you are buying. There are laser and jet versions.

A couple things I found when looking at it:
1. The stuff is not cheap.
2. Remember that very few printers print white, ALPS is an exception.
3. The decal sheets come in white and clear.

Remember that stickers will generally be more durable than decals.
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The decals on my Gitane and the gold single speed were made with made with beldecal paper.
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if you decide to go the sticker route instead of decals, you can have vinyl lettering done at your local graphics/sign shop (fast signs or something similar) for super cheap. find a typeface you like, there are tons for free at dafont.com.
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The inkjet waterslide decal idea is great if you are putting decals on a frame with a color that is light. If your frame is dark it may not work so well because it is pretty hard to get white or very light colors out of an inkjet printer. What I did when I did a "homebrew" repaint of an old frame was to paint some white panels on the downtube and seattube and put my homemade waterslide decals on them. They worked very well. This is how it turned out:

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