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#1 delong212

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:53 PM

hey everyone i am currently building a Nascar lumina and it has the good year eagle on it.  Ive tried the decals that came with the kit and they look horrible....so how do i get them to look sharp and awesome like they should?



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 04:25 PM

Did you prep the tire in any way ? Did you use any setting solution ?



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 05:15 PM

setting solution yes....and sol after but the decals look like BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH very dull and u can still c some of the outer clear part of the decal.....they r just not very crisp and clean looking like i c in a ton of pics

i was hoping that there was a better way to get the good year eagle on there and they still look real nice



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Posted 16 June 2013 - 11:18 AM

setting solution yes....and sol after but the decals look like ###### very dull and u can still c some of the outer clear part of the decal.....they r just not very crisp and clean looking like i c in a ton of pics

i was hoping that there was a better way to get the good year eagle on there and they still look real nice

If you look at real racing tires in person, be they Goodyear Eagles, Firestone Firehawks, or Hoosier, generally the lettering isn't all that sharply defined, as they tend to be stenciled with spray paint, rather than stamped or "printed" on.

 

As for the clear carrier of the decal itself, try to cut your decals as closely to the letters as possible, that will minimize the visibility of the clear carrier coat, but you aren't going to be able to completely eliminate that, even with using a flat clear coat over them (you'll still see the thickness of the decal film).

 

Replica's and Miniatures makes a photo-etched tire lettering stencil that can be centered on the tire, and then the lettering airbrushed on, which eliminates the decal film, and will give the tire lettering a much more realistic look, but that does require the use of an airbrush.

 

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:08 AM

You could try first cleaning the tires in the purple pond. Rinse well with water, spray with gloss clear ( that way the decals will not show silvering ) . Use the decals. Then spray with flat clear. The main thing is to get the tires as clean and free of any manufacturing release agent used in the making of the tire. Check out Hobby Lobby or others in their arts dept. , There are several different pins with every color you can think of with very fine points to hand draw the lettering. I think you will want to seal your work with a Flat clear after your done. 



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

You could try first cleaning the tires in the purple pond. Rinse well with water, spray with gloss clear ( that way the decals will not show silvering ) . Use the decals. Then spray with flat clear. The main thing is to get the tires as clean and free of any manufacturing release agent used in the making of the tire. Check out Hobby Lobby or others in their arts dept. , There are several different pins with every color you can think of with very fine points to hand draw the lettering. I think you will want to seal your work with a Flat clear after your done.

I wash mine well. but without the purple bath. But I do an extra step in here. After applying the decal, I spray again with gloss clear, then the flat clear. Depending on how flat you want it, you can add more layers of flat untill you get the desires dullness. But beware when installing your rims into the tires after you've sprayed them as the clears will crack if your not carefull. I like to install the rims before spraying, and lay coins of an appropriate size onto the rims to cover them. Also I would suggest checking into some tire lettering transfers. These are fairly easy to apply but the sidewalls must be clean, then the transfers should be burnished down. Hope this helps.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: