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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:51 pm

I'm about to stain a guitar and then apply the logo once dry. I'm looking to see if anyone here has experience in doing this. I have seen stes where you print via inkjet printer, cut, and apply and some sites that show a vinyl logo being applied. The vinyl would need a heavier clear coat to make it even with the rest of the finish.

Anyone ever do either? have other choices/examples?

Also, I need the Pantera logo from the body of the guitar. The traditional Westone logo is easy to copy to the computer as the graphic is all over the net, but the body logo is harder to find an image that I can copy to the computer, so I think I need to trace with tracing paper and scan to my computer to get started unless someone has this graphic somewhere? ideas? thoughts?


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Re: Applying logos

Post by colt933 on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:39 pm

I have some experience with making water-slide decals.

You can print from an ink-jet onto clear water-slide paper.

Hobby shops that specialize in plastic scale models may have this paper and also a couple of chemicals that 1) allow the film to lay in to the surface textures (practically none if you're applying this to a smooth gloss surface) and 2) dissolve the film after application leaving just the image behind. These two chemicals are particularly useful when applying decals to model airplanes or tanks that have surface details but may not be so useful for application on a smooth gloss clear coat finish with no surface details like a guitar body. After the film dissolves and is completely dry and cleaned of any residue, 2-3 coats of clear on top and the image is now in the finish, not on top of it.

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Re: Applying logos

Post by silence86 on Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:56 am

i made one once, don't know whether the quality is high enough though...i had to shrink the picture to upload it, if you want it just pm me and i'll send it via email...

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/panter10.jpg

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Re: Applying logos

Post by colt933 on Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:10 pm

silence86 wrote:i made one once, don't know whether the quality is high enough though...i had to shrink the picture to upload it, if you want it just pm me and i'll send it via email...

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/panter10.jpg

Do you have a headstock logo? I need one!

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Re: Applying logos

Post by Guest on Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:17 pm

silence86 wrote:i made one once, don't know whether the quality is high enough though...i had to shrink the picture to upload it, if you want it just pm me and i'll send it via email...

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/panter10.jpg


Awesome silence - thank you very much! I think that will work out very well

Colt - for the headstock I was going to use the Westone logo at the top of the page of the forum, reverse the black and white since I will want it in black, then just cut the Westone and eagle seperately so they can be side by side. Thats the plan so far.

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:05 pm

silence86 wrote:i made one once, don't know whether the quality is high enough though...i had to shrink the picture to upload it, if you want it just pm me and i'll send it via email...

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/panter10.jpg

Did you end up using it? If so - got a picture of the results?

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Post by silence86 on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:03 am

also not high quality quality, but perhaps enough...

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/headst10.jpg

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/headst11.jpg (white logo)

EDIT: just realized that the headstock logo on the x390 is slightly different from that on an x775, so i altered it a little bit:

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/headst14.jpg

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/13/32/60/56/headst15.jpg (white)

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Re: Applying logos

Post by silence86 on Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:59 am

Did you end up using it? If so - got a picture of the results?

have no pics yet as i haven't found anybody to lacquer my x775 for me without taking hundreds of euros for it so far...
i've already done the prime coating, however i'm a bit afraid of lacquering it myself...

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Re: Applying logos

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:49 pm

Here's the Westone logo printed out on the decal sheet (pic taken with a phone so poor quality). I printed a few just in case I mess up applying it.
And of course the printer is running low on ink so I couldn't do the Pantera logo yet.


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Re: Applying logos

Post by silence86 on Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:09 am

Hi,

Does anybody know whether there is a difference between this special "decal fixative" that you can buy to spray on the printed logos and normal clear laquer? If there is, can i still use clear laquer?

Regards, Hans

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Re: Applying logos

Post by Guest on Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:22 pm

I haven't hear of the stuff you're talking about so not sure how good it is. I ended up printing out the logos, then spraying with the same polyU that I am using for clear on the guitar. check the latest pic in my pantera project part II post and check the logo - I think it is working out pretty good.

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Re: Applying logos

Post by silence86 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:12 am

hi,

thanks for the help, it worked very well. your pantera is also looking great.

i used a waterslide decal on a enclosure on a "ibanez ts-808"-clone i'm building...


https://i72.servimg.com/u/f72/13/32/60/56/img_0110.jpg

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Re: Applying logos

Post by fish on Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:42 am

Glad it went well Hans. bit late with this post though.....

Though printed deckles make transferring artwork readily available to everyone, they can be fiddly & there can be compatibility problems, a test piece should be done, regardless of any advise about the materials.

If the design is a simple one or two colour logo, today it is easier to find your local sign writer, most have computerised stencil cutters that produce stencils on tacky back film for penney's, that are easily positioned. A light spray over is all that's needed before lacquering, using the same make of colour & lacquer there should be no problems, ''famous last words'' pale

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Re: Applying logos

Post by silence86 on Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:54 am

thank you for the hint, i'll do it that way with my next projects Smile

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