I installed a MOBY decal
that I had ordered a couple years ago from a site I can no longer remember,
but I got to thinking that the case it's installed upon is a sequel mod and to
be entirely right the MOBY decal should have a number two after it.
I designed a number two in PhotoShop
and at the same time resized the back graphic for my Hell's Illusion
mod, the desktop snapshot below shows what I did.
I already had red mirror
chrome vinyl stock from my Hells Illusion case mod, if you don't just happen to
have a roll lying around vinyl stock is easy to find on auction sites. I
had actually planned on having it cut for the mod by a local sign shop, but
instead I decided to try cutting it
myself. Below shows the red mirror chrome vinyl stock, a roll of
transparent contact paper, ball point pen, an X-Acto knife and the decal design
Of course I had to test this
all out with the most difficult design first, I'm curious like that. Below
shows the pattern taped onto a cut piece of vinyl stock and the whole shebang
taped to a magazine.
The outline of the pattern was
traced with a ballpoint pen (the magazine beneath provides a little give so that
the impression is deeper) the pattern sheet was then removed - the picture below
shows the impression lines.
Using an X-Acto knife with a
fresh blade I began the task of cutting the vinyl, the trick here is to apply
just enough knife pressure to cut through the vinyl but not go all the way
through the paper backing. After cutting for a few minutes you will be
able to tell by how the cut feels and sounds if you are going too deep.
Be careful when removing the
scrap vinyl, watch that you don't let the piece you are removing get stuck to
the decal, this can happen when cut lines don't meet up since you have to
hit it again with the knife, when you peel sections up always pay attention to
what the scrap material is doing.
With all the scrap material
removed a piece of clear contact paper is cut and than applied to the decal
using a credit card... one down.
I measured out the location
for the number two and taped one of the print outs to the case to get a better
idea of the final result.
I then marked the two onto the
vinyl and cut it out. The Hell's Illusion decal was
actually easier to cut because the lines are not meant to be straight or neat,
the smaller two decal required more precision cutting.
Below shows both decals coated
with contact paper, cut to size and ready for install.
Installing the decal is as
easy as lining it up, rubbing it down and carefully removing the contact paper.
Here is the final installed
product... pretty sweet. I have to wait to install the Hell's Illusion
decal, I will update this guide when I do.
So, what have we learned? It takes a steady hand to cut and I'm not
unhappy with the end result, but it took
over an hour to cut the vinyl decals out as well as I did... time is money and
hassle factors in as well. I called around and got a quote from a local
auto detailing company with a vinyl cutter, six dollars so long as I had my own
vinyl and the image file on CD in the right size and format, for six bucks I will definitely be outsourcing
future B.Y.O.V. (bring your own vinyl) decal cutting.
Guide written by ARTbyTROY
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