Anyone set up to do water- slide decals?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Jeff67, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    I just received a new pickguard for my DeArmond M65C today. I got it in clear cuz I want to do it Gretsch- style with a decal applied to the back, and then sprayed with silver and maybe a couple coats of clear.
     
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
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    If you have a inkjet printer you can get decal paper on eBay or Amazon. Always clear lacquer over the ink before you put it in water.
     
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  3. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

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    Decal paper can be found at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores. Dick Blick too maybe.
     
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  4. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Winnipeg
    If you can find a model train hobbyist they may have an ALPS printer.
     
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  5. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    Thanks, guys. I was hoping maybe one of our members did this kind of stuff pretty often and could make me one. I'm trying to avoid buying a package of paper just to make one small decal, and have the rest of it laying around unused.
     
  6. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    I've always been curious but never tried. Now wifey has a Cricut machine. It's like a CNC for doing labels, and graphics. I'd let her have a go at it.
     
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  7. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

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    Paul Setzer at setzersigns@gmail.com (doesn't do waterslide decals) but can make adhesive backed vinyl ones either surface mount or under mount.
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  8. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    Cool! I'll look into that one. Thanks!
     
  9. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

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    If you want white then either vinyl or someone with an ALPS printer, as Hammerhands said, because white would be clear once printed. Printing a “one-off” can be kinda expensive unless you get other things to print/other people who want stuff printed.
    If you go the vinyl route, consider using the vinyl as a mask that you carefully peel off once painted. If it’s on the backside the thickness isn’t really an issue but I thought I’d throw that out there.
     
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  10. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    The pickguard itself is a one- off anyway, and I doubt anyone else would want the same decal anytime soon, but as long as the price is reasonable I don't mind the set- up fee. Probably spent too much on a pickguard for an $80 guitar, but it's gonna be pretty cool when it's done. I'm kinda going for this effect:

    Gretsch pickguard.jpg
     
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  11. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Winnipeg
    Hmm, yeah, how about a stencil?
     
  12. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Cut vinyl is the way to go. I make my own graphics and have a local shop cut them for me with their plotter. I've done my own decals though but the black is not rich enough for me.
     
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  13. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

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    Emailed Paul at setzersigns.
     
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