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gauge face stickers
#1337084 Mon Dec 09 2019 07:24 PM
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I am curious about applying new stickers, (decals) on my original dash gauges on my 53 half ton. I have had difficulty in the past trying to work with self adhesive stickers. Have any of you done this, and how did it work out? An acquaintance of mine told me that there is a way to use water with self adhesive stickers, to make them work much like water transfer decals. Do any of you folks know anything about what he is referring to? I personally have no idea. THANKS

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Mike Burns #1337094 Mon Dec 09 2019 08:26 PM
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A guy who works with me does vinyl wraps and stickers and he uses water with a little detergent mixed in, which helps with positioning. Use a spray bottle and work them into position, then squeegee them down.


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Re: gauge face stickers
Mike Burns #1337116 Mon Dec 09 2019 11:20 PM
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We put giant decals on the sides of 1200 gallon tanks on fertilizer trucks. If we did not use soapy water under them, we would never get the air bubbles out.
It works the same on the gauge decals.

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Mike Burns #1337138 Tue Dec 10 2019 01:14 AM
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Had the vinyl decal kit on my 37 for over 20 years and still looks nice........also had them on my panel for about 7 years and still looked good when I sold it..........and yes, a little water goes a long way...and some patience.


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Mike Burns #1337171 Tue Dec 10 2019 04:09 AM
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I’ve used watered down windex. Works great. Plus you can clean the area first. Squeegee it flat with a credit card or the like.


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Re: gauge face stickers
Achipmunk #1338418 Fri Dec 20 2019 02:17 AM
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Achipmunk...you lost any confidence I would have in you when you stated "some patience!!!! What is that?

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Mike Burns #1338419 Fri Dec 20 2019 02:27 AM
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Why not just make your own waterslide decals? That's what I did and I even posted notes on it here around a year or so ago. It is cheaper and those decals are there for good. I'll look for my post and bring it to the top for you.


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Re: gauge face stickers
Mike Burns #1338421 Fri Dec 20 2019 02:31 AM
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The post has been resurrected for you Mike. Good luck. Please tell me if you have any questions.


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