addition to supplying some nice photos of his Centurion
Doug also contributed some more information on this decals used
for this restoration::
Note on the Decals on this Project
this project, I created decals with decal paper from www.beldecal.com.
They have several different variants. I got the laser printer variety,
because many ink-jet printers have water soluble ink and I wanted
the owner to be able to leave the bike out in the rain if she needed
to. Laser printer ink is waterproof.
laser printer decal paper comes in three varieties - a transparent
version, a white background version, and a transparent version with
blue backing. These varieties have to do with the way you treat
the color white in the decal.
printers don't have a white ink, instead depending on the background
paper for the white. But in decals, you usually want to be able
to slide the decal off and have the borders be transparent. This
constitutes a problem if you have a regular printer and want to
print decals. This is where the three varieties of decal paper come
transparent decal paper will be transparent where you don't print
anything. This is fine if your decals are almost all dark colors
and you are putting them on a light background paint.
white background decal paper won't be transparent ANYWHERE, but
it will be white any place that you don't have ink.
last version, the blue-backed transparent decal paper, is designed
for a special printer by ALPS that DOES have a white ink cartridge.
The light blue background lets you see if you got good white coverage.
But the blue-backed version is useless unless you have one of these
I got a package that combines the transparent-backed decal paper
and the white decal paper, 15 sheets of each.
the down tube decal, I printed the word "Tyrone" in a Art Nouveau
font with the base color in red and the letters outlined in black.
When I put it on the down tube, the blue color of the frame showed
through the red and made the base color a dark violet. The black
outline remained black.
wouldn't work for the seat tube design, since I wanted a nice light
golden retriever. But if I printed it on the white paper, I would
have needed to cut the decal out extremely precisely to make it
look right and I wasn't sure I could do it. So I printed out a version
of the seat tube design on both the transparent paper and the white
I cut out the transparent version with plenty of spare room around
the design. I put that on the seat tube the usual way you apply
water-slide decals. As expected, the light versions of the decal
were completely swamped by the frame color. Then black was fine.
I cut out the white decal version with a razor blade, cutting right
along the edge of the design. This gave me a decal that was the
right size and with the right colors, but with little white edges
on the outside, where the white decal showed up against the black
border of the design. Then I took a black marker and carefully darkened
the very edge of the decal and, when the ink was dry, applied it
right on top of the previously applied transparent version.
result was an acceptably colored decal, showing up as I wanted against
the dark colored frame, with relatively even black borders.
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