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TUTORIAL: Making chrome emblem decals

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TUTORIAL: Making chrome emblem decals
Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, October 05, 2015 9:31 PM

I came up with this idea for the "CHiPs" GMC pickup I am building, and it worked well, so I thought I'd share.

It's a pretty simple concept and quite easy to do, especially if you've printed your own decals with Testors decal paper, and if you've worked with graphic editing software (I use Photoshop).

1)Design the emblem (the hardest part, or most fun, depending on your skills and experience). I found an image online using image search (Google), and in my case, I ended up re-creating it using a font that was close, and tweaking it to match the real image. Be sure that any area you want to appear as "chrome" to be white in your image. I made the background the same color as the truck (or close to it):

2)Print the decal on CLEAR decal paper. I printed extra copies for practicing (and in case of any mishaps). When ink is completely dry (I wait a day), spray a couple of coats of decal bonder to bond the inks to the paper (per instructions on the decal paper). Allow bonder to dry thoroughly.

3)Place a piece of Bare Metal foil on the emblem area. Make sure that your piece of foil is not larger than the decal:

  

4)Carefully cut out the decal and dip in warm water for approx. 10 seconds. Apply decal, as you would any normal kit decal, on top of the foil. Your decal will appear to be made of chrome!

I hope this was helpful! I've received many great tips on this forum, and wanted to share this little trick. Happy building!

Retro Joe

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Posted by my_ol55 on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 6:04 PM

RetroJoe, Great idea. Did you print the decals on a laser or ink-jet printer?

Thank You.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:36 PM
Ink jet printer. Thanks!
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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, October 19, 2015 8:14 AM

R.J.

    I followed your build on this . I am glad to see inventiveness is not dead ,very plausible emblems . Darned good looking rendition of the truck Jon had ! Oldcarguy

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:21 PM
A little off topic, but does anyone remember the car that Ponch bought that had been burned by it's previous owner? If so what year and model is it?

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, November 29, 2015 8:46 PM

Not off-topic at all, Digital_Cowboy! In fact, I just got done building Ponch's car, and it is now sitting next to Jon's truck in my display case. It is a 1971 Firebird. I used Revell's 1970 kit (the '70 and '71 model years are almost identical). If you look in the Muscle Car section, you will see it here: http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/121848.aspx

KWT
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Posted by KWT on Monday, November 30, 2015 8:42 PM

This is awesome.. thanks for the info

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by Milla Findley on Thursday, October 04, 2018 2:28 AM

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Posted by OldTallDad on Thursday, October 04, 2018 3:24 AM

Milla Findley

To the sheet of the chrome on the car body is to making have the better idea that was never before to thing I was. Now on the car of mine a chrome plated sheet not on the tires https://www.customessaysreviews.com/college-paper-org-review/ website is the offering me to new tires with the entire car parts also.

 

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Posted by DBallard on Monday, October 08, 2018 9:01 PM

Genius! Thanks for sharing this. 

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