Water decals on fuel tank

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Donald A
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Water decals on fuel tank

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I am refurbishing a 1969 Featherweight - has anyone out there researched the typeface and printing involved - on decal paper - of the one sold by jackie at Sheridan - with the man with a blue top and red trousers- so that i can print my own decal with 25/1 fuel etc?
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Can you do gold?
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
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No - someone said something about 3D required for the glitter effect?
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Why not just buy one from Sheridan?
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Because they don't do one with 25/1
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The 25:1 tank was blue with white text.
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.
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I suspect this is about to get a bit arcane ....
I thought Wipac 2 open flywheel models all had brass tanks, and blue tanks only came in steel with the move to electronic ignition about 1979.
25/1 presumably came when villiers first made the appropriate needle - and Bing carburetors could always run on 25/1 anyway
So pre 1979 points engines could run on 25/1 - all I am trying to achieve is to have correct information on the tank, for future owners who might be coming to the engine without any background knowledge ....
When I asked jackie why she did not do a 25/1 decal suitable for a gold topped seagull, she said there were so many different combinations throughout the life of all seagulls that it was not commercially worth while
Hence me thinking of doing my own - and I could miss out the clutch bit as no featherweights had clutches ....
I did try to get an app that would give me 3D digital images, but they are not user friendly and certainly not intuitive...
And I could not trace a script that matched the one supplied
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Thought I would post what I did for anyone who’s interested....
I cheated - it became obvious fairly early on that it would require a huge amount of time and effort to find out about the sort of printing that would match the rest of the decal - not worth it
So I bought a pack of black cartridge paper I think it’s called - a little thinner than a corn flakes packet- from w h smiths (a high street stationers in the U.K.) and also a gold fine tipped felt pen in glitter effect gold. Then cut a minute little square and (after some practice on a spare sheet) eventually got it good enough, free hand.
Am trying to post a photo
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Should have added - pasted it onto the existing decal with a pritt stick then sprayed it with an aerosol transparent cellulose from an auto shop ( as I had previously done to the tank plus decal to increase the gloss )
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Can't remember when you could actually last buy Cellulose freely, has been banned possibly from 2012 I think, unless for pro use.
The rattle can clear coat that you can buy now from "Auto Shops" today will not be cellulose, do a test with modern petrol it can be better at removing paint than the latest safe Nitromors that does not work.
I would go for 2K clearcoat.
I have had good success retouching tank decals but have had major problems with modern paint.
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Thank you for that
I attach a photo of what I bought - time will tell whether it works!
Keep safe - why can’t we be more like Germany - rhetorical question......
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