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Original Decal Question for you... 26 Sep 2023 12:56 #126953

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I really only bake them to speed up the dry time so the paint is hard enough to be easily sanded. This particular paint responds well to that.
I don't use the kitchen oven. I have a little toaster oven in the shop that I use for this and curing powder coat. I was tempted to use the kitchen one, but I figured that the $30 investment at WalMart might keep me out of the dog house. Wet sanding the paint off in the laundry sink is another matter...

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Original Decal Question for you... 26 Sep 2023 12:01 #126952

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I guess mine are not done yet, I didn't bake them.

Rick, do you have an old oven you bake them in? Or the low temp and short time does not leave in odor in the oven?
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Original Decal Question for you... 25 Sep 2023 17:36 #126945

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The etched areas have a fairly rough texture with good 'tooth'. I just clean them with acetone and spray. My preferred paint is 2 coats of Rustoleum 'Professional', baked at 200ᴼ F for 30 minutes...
 

This goes on nice and seems pretty durable. I remove most of the paint with 320, and wet sand through the grits to 800 or 1500 depending on the look I'm going for. I've messed with powder coating them but it really doesn't seem worth the extra trouble for these.

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Original Decal Question for you... 25 Sep 2023 16:58 #126944

Steve, I'm curious about what kind of prep you did for the red paint. Or did you just paint them red. Also, Rick if you see this thread, what prep do you do before painting the logo?

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Original Decal Question for you... 25 Sep 2023 13:03 #126939

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My 1955 Vagabond had the foil decals that were either half faded from being partially covered.  The edges were showing wear and tear.  I made the decision to peel them off and replace them with logo, plates made by RickG.  I do not regret my decision at all.  People were always looking at the old logo plates to see what kind of boat it was, Feather Craft is now easily read on the new plates 

My logo plates came bare, so I painted them red and sanded them down.  The red stayed in the etched areas.  Rick might send them out now with the red.

I have added Oval logo plates from Rick to my wife's 1953 Deluxe Runabout, which did not have any.

There are other resources out there for for other types of logo decals, I wanted something that was going to last.  They are held on by four screws so I can remove them to polish the boat.
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Original Decal Question for you... 20 Sep 2023 13:14 #126874

Thanks for playing along guys. Ha - yes - we are indeed in the same boat. I'm inclined to save too.

but I just can't bear the thought of scraping the original ones off.







Agree, agree. I was thinking of getting one of your etched plates for the marginal side @RickG.

We still have to figure out if she will work for our purposes (I worry she's a little long, but short of a Dinghy Bee, they're all going to be a bit on the long side.)

We added some water to help loosen some of the dirt the other day, and I have a bit of a miracle on my hands: no leaks.
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea.

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Original Decal Question for you... 19 Sep 2023 05:10 #126859

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I was in the same boat (...see what I did there?

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) ...one kinda decent one and one bad one. It's what started the whole etching thing. 
I think I'd lean towards replacing them with a quality reproduction. Some, like Trey's, are better than others.
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Original Decal Question for you... 19 Sep 2023 01:22 #126857

I have the same situation: one of the original decals is in very condition, the one on the other side is somewhat damaged. I'm staying with the originals for now. It's really tempting to get some bright new decals, but I just can't bear the thought of scraping the original ones off. I keep wondering if there's a way to use the new ones and still keep the originals in place but I can't quite see how. Unfortunately once the originals are gone, there's no way to go back.
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Original Decal Question for you... 18 Sep 2023 15:06 #126840

Tried to add a poll, but I am experiencing user error...

Here's a totally non-serious question.

Your FC came with an original decal, do you

1) Preserve it! It's the real deal
2) Replace it (with one of the many options available)! I want to spiff her up.
3) It depends on condition.

What's your preference?

I have one in decent shape, and one largely rubbed off on the other side.
 
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