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    Saving decals

    Hi all,

    I'm restoring my Starlet KP62, and I'm trying to keep it as original as i can.
    Therefore, i'd like to save the decals (metallic + red one) on my air box:



    How can i remove the decals safely, so I can paint the air box?
    Or are they still for sale anywere on the internet?

    Thx.

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    cover up with masking tape
    and spray all over the way

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    use a blow dryer from the other side to loosen up the glue and slowly peal away, oh you can also use gum loosening liquid forgot the name of it but it works with stickers to..

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    Do you think they would come off easily? (as in one piece?)
    Because they have been sticking there for about 30 years...

    Does anyone know where they make decals like these?

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    if i where u i would just mask them off and repaint, thats what ive always done and if ur really careful masking no one will ever notice. i would be afraid to try to take them off in case they got ripped up or something but if u can find new decals then thats not a bad route to go

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    thinking about it masking it up with painters tape would be your best bet cuz the ink on the sticker might start cracking when you start pealing it with what ever method you use to remove it. so mask it off with painters tape and if you whant after painting just spray clear over the decal to give it a new look...

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    Ok guys,

    Thanks for the tips
    But my last question: does someone know an adres where they sell vintage toyota-decals?
    (I'm also looking for "Starlet"-decals on the side of my kp :wink: )

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    There were 2 JNC forum members who made Starlet decals. Not sure if they were for themselves or for sale. Do a search on Lisse for one. I can't remember the other.

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    A few guys here have had some great results making new stickers. Essentially they take a photo of the tatty old sticker and photoshop them. Then get them reprinted by a sticker specialist. The thrust has been toward engine bay items like you mention, and tyre placards, jack instructions and so on. Apparently it is a simple process, though I haven't tried it. The main problem seems to have been getting the stickers printed to the same scale which I gather has been a printing issue at the production stage.

    I am actively searching out original late 60's/early 70's rear window dealer stickers with just this in mind. I haunt wrecking yards, and screech to a stop whenever I see a Toyota from the era on the road. Not surprisingly, I haven't found anything remotely usable yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parrot
    A few guys here have had some great results making new stickers. Essentially they take a photo of the tatty old sticker and photoshop them. Then get them reprinted by a sticker specialist. The thrust has been toward engine bay items like you mention, and tyre placards, jack instructions and so on. Apparently it is a simple process, though I haven't tried it. The main problem seems to have been getting the stickers printed to the same scale which I gather has been a printing issue at the production stage.
    And do you have the names of those who have done such things?
    I have zero photoshop-skills, so It would be great if someone has already "refurbed" the stickers I'm looking for
    (And of course, I'm willing to pay a fee for their work)

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