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 Post subject: Saving decals
PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:31 am 

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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:

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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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:48 pm 
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cover up with masking tape
and spray all over the way :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:29 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:33 pm 

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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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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:31 pm 

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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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:02 am 
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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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:10 am 

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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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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:32 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:56 am 
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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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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:02 am 

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parrot wrote:
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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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:44 am 
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http://www.rollaclub.com/board/index.ph ... opic=26065

http://www.toymods.org.au/forums/showth ... ht=sticker

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 Post subject: Stickers
PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:40 am 

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You could also use Illustrator

It will keep the object vector, giving a harder edge


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:41 am 
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You could try contacting Steve at http://www.letzgo.com.au/ He did a fantastic job reproducing all decals for Mazda R100's Rx2, 3 and 4's. Some of the decals are quite complex but all are brilliant quality 8) They are reproduced off original decal scans then screen printed. Steve may or may not do them. The main issue Steve had with the Mazda stuff is everyone wants them he puts in the hours and goes to alot of trouble then no body wants to pay for them. He was asking approx AUD$150 for a complete set which I though was good value. Ive seen it time and time again when people go to the trouble of reproducing hi quality unobtainable parts.... very disappointing as these real enthusiasts give up on forums, clubs etc and keep to themselves. When he stopped selling them due to lack of demand these same people had a good whinge because they wanted them!

He is worth asking though.

Here is a link to some of Steve's quality Mazda decals that he used to sell. He no longer visits the forum so bet email him.

http://ausrotary.com/viewtopic.php?f=48 ... lit=decals


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:23 pm 

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I didn't whinge, I just put my money where my mouth was and bought a set quick smart.

Top bloke and I vouch for the quality of his work too!


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