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Old 11-25-2010, 03:18:51 PM
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I repainted this engine and as you can see paint wasn't a match so I repainted all of engine. I masked off original decal .I just don't think it looks very good with the original dark blue area. I want to put some stick on striping or something. I also can have a local decal maker make a new one and repaint erea and put new one on. What do you all think. I'm not an expert and used Krylon. Heres some pics of what I'm talking about.

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Default Re: I want to improve decal area

Personally, I wouldn't have repainted it if it looked as good as the original paint does around the decal.

If the rest was in poor shape and did need repainting, I would have (& you still can) take the gas tank with that good original paint to a local body shop or new car lot that has a body shop and have them scan the color to mix up an exact match to the original. Then you can mask it off like you did and have it all one color with the original decal still intact.
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Default Re: I want to improve decal area

It had some real oxidized area on bottom so it had to be touched up and tried to touch it up but looked bad so I repainted it. Just looking for opinions like yours. Thanks !

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Old 11-25-2010, 06:08:56 PM
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Have to agree with O/S if you are in an area that has auto body paint suppliers take the empty tank and have the scan it they do work so it will even have the proper age in the mix's color. so can even stuff the color in a rattle can, for ease of application.

Worst case is get the color scanned and mixed and some very clear photos of the decal with the size. Have a couple photos with a ruler on one side and under the bottom going across. So you can a correct size of decal with out guess ta mating.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:25:26 PM
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I went to local striping shop they sell the stick on all sizes and colors . Very hard to go around the dark blue area to dress it up couldn't get it straight enough to improve the look and it didn't stick well at all. I just want to dress the dark area to straighten the dark painted area . When I repainted I didn't mask it straight and it shows . Any ideas and no i can't paint it free hand before someone suggests it.

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Old 11-28-2010, 06:52:05 PM
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Remask it, this time straight use a level and a "white Stabilo marking pencil ONLY" available at any better art supply. Check the other thread on the stripping rollers for my posts and the reason to only use this pencil.

Take some of the new paint off, if you have to to even it up just make sure the engine is on a level surface and the level you are using has the good edge facing the engine shroud you are marking.

Sign and lettering guys/gals aren't that good most use levels and rulers for layout. whether on the wall or a truck or a sale banner.
I have an 8 foot aluminum yard stick
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Well i dressed up this decal area with vinyl striping looks a lot better in picture looks crooked where gas tank bracket is. Thats optical illusion. I coated over pin stripe with clear fingernail polish to seal it. What do ya all think of this novice job ? By the way my son-in-law did the job not me !!

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Well going to finish the striping tonight. Will post hope there some interest and comments negative or positive .

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Well I finished with the decal I can see by the lack of responses here no one really has any interest in what I've done . I'm really pleased with the results and thats really all that counts !!

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Looks like a dandy job! From what i have read and seen it looks like you took a small screw up and turned it into a nice decal that looks quite good to me!
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Default Re: I want to improve the decal area...

Thanks farmboy I tried to save the decal and it just looked like heck . I coated the vinyl pin striping with clear finger nail polish to secure and seal it. My own idea after striping shop said there was no way to seal it. It also made the yellow look a little faded in spots gave it a vintage look real pleased.

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Default Re: I want to improve the decal area...

Good save. Looks nice.

For future reference, you can get color(s) matched as was previously posted by others.

I take it you are not set up with any sort of spray equipment by your comment about using Krylon.

The following is only my suggestion.

If you have another project to paint and you want to match the existing paint. Take it to a shop that mixes paint that can also scan the original paint if neccessary.

Get the paint mixed in the smallest available amount and get the proper thinner/reducer for the paint.

Purchase a small self propelled sprayer called a "Preval".

Then you can have the proper color AND the ease of "spray can" application.

I've used this method on a lot of smaller projects and where using an air compressor/spray gun wasn't all that practical.

Just my 2˘.
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Yup PT, that's it. Good find.
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