How to make vintage decals for your gas tank or speedo face!

Discussion in 'Painting, Welding, Bending and Gas Tanks' started by DeathProof, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. DeathProof

    DeathProof Member

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Great link.
  3. Cavi Mike

    Cavi Mike Member

    After reading that I think I'm even more lost as to how to make a decal. What is the decal stuff called? Where do you get it? What the eff is a bezier curve? How do you use illustrator?

    That was a pretty worthless how-to if you ask me.
  4. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    Nice find and thanks for the link!

    AKA: BigBlue
  5. DeathProof

    DeathProof Member

    your welcome!
  6. DeathProof

    DeathProof Member

    lmfao cavi jus google those questions its 2 hard to explain to computer illiterate ppl
  7. Cavi Mike

    Cavi Mike Member

    It's not a how-to if it only shows you stuff you have to already know how to do. That thread is a build thread, not a how-to.
  8. Max-M

    Max-M Member

    Cavi Mike:

    I've been reading your posts for a while now. The above are typical of you.

    Are you angry and bitter about something?

    Google "passive-aggressive."


  9. DeathProof

    DeathProof Member

    lol i know right! this guy is one miserable beep!:rambo:
  10. V 35

    V 35 Member

    I made some pretty good ones. Than ran into a problem, apparently Lexmark re-formulated the ink, and the new ink ran and smeared,
    ruining the artwork. I'd suggest an other than inkjet printing method. Mabey a Kinko's type place could run your artwork, and decal paper
    through a high resolution lazer, or phaser type printer. Hobby Shops sell a Decal Fixitive, used on store bought decals. Testor's product
    [ intended for model airplanes ] dries to a satiny finish . Could be gloss topcoated after curing. Hope this helps, the idea of printing custom decals is just too cool .
  11. Stoltzee

    Stoltzee Member

    Most people can't even use Adobe Photoshop let alone Illustrator, and I don't know why someone that could use Illustrator would post a couple tips on this forum. If you already have the "image" what are you doing with the "Bezier curves"? Why don't you just use the "Circle Tool"?
  12. V 35

    V 35 Member

    The cool thing here is getting lost in the shuffle . Do what you want, print it on plain paper, see if you like it. If you do, cut it out, hold paper up to object, make final decisions before printing on decal paper. If it falls short of expectations, than it's tech time . It's amazing what can be done. Another way cool way to go is to hand draw artwork, than scan it to produce an editable image. * Tip * Draw it big, reduce image size
    of artwork, sharpens and tightens it up, looks wicked cool !