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Redecaling a frame - eyeball it or is there a more precise(5 posts)

Redecaling a frame - eyeball it or is there a more preciseFez
Nov 8, 2002 8:46 AM

Litespeed Ti frame decals are looking a little worn. Not bad, just a little worn. Do they enclose a template to ensure a precise placement, or if it is just the eyeball method.

Would rather keep the worn decals than having completely crooked ones.
IMO, close enough is close enough.Silverback
Nov 8, 2002 8:56 AM
I don't know if they supply a template (the two bikes I've redone came without them), but eyeballing wasn't hard--you're working on a small surface, and there are landmarks in the area (tube junctures, shifter bosses, whatever). If they're the old kind of water-soaked decals instead of stickers, you have some adjustment time, too. You can put them on, step back and look, then slide them a little if necessary. With stickers, though, what you stick is what you get.
IMO, close enough is close enough.Fez
Nov 8, 2002 8:59 AM
I heard that adhesive decals and Ti do not allow for much adjustment. I heard once the sticky decal touches the Ti, it really sticks, so minute adjustments would not be possible.
If they don't provide a template ...Allez Rouge
Nov 8, 2002 9:03 AM
... figure out where one edge of the decal/sticker will be and stick down a long strip of transparent (i.e., Scotch) tape. Keep pulling it up and sticking it back down until you're SURE it's straight. Then align the edge of the decal/sticker with the edge of the tape and presto, perfect alignment.

Another trick, if it's a sticker and not a true decal: cut off part of the peel-away backing so that only a very narrow slice of the sticky stuff is exposed. Get that stuck down straight, and then roll the remaining portion of the backing out from under the rest of the sticker. This is the best way to deal with stickers, BUT be really careful not to stretch it or to get any air bubbles.
re: Redecaling a frame - eyeball it or is there a more preciseJuanmoretime
Nov 8, 2002 4:58 PM
I just did my Vortex. What I did was measure from the headtube to where the old decal started and the same for the one on the top tube. After I removed the old decals, I took stotchbrite and re-brushed the frame. I then measure and marked the spot with masking tape. I then eyeballed having them level. If you look up Yes, another Litespeed! on this site you will see my Vortex with the new decals. Lastly, get a large bottle of nail polish remover from a dollar store, it's the best thing I have found to remove the old decals. LoL