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Many decals manufacturers are now reverting to varnish style decal that was originally used on most British Motorcycles.

There are various methods of attaching the transfers all requiring different materials and approach. However, it goes without saying that the area to have the transfer needs to be clean and free from grease. A swab down with methylated spirits helps to remove the final traces of grease. When using varnishes always make sure that they are compatible with the paint on the machine, generally speaking polyurethane varnishes should not effect the surface but cellulose varnishes could lift ordinary oil base paints. If in doubt, try it out in a hidden bit of the machine.

The various types of transfers are as follows:

Varnish Fix

Remove the protective backing. Coat the transfer thinly with varnish, and allow it to become almost dry. Then apply to the area and rub gently with a soft cloth to remove any air bubbles from below the transfer. It is not possible to reposition the transfer, as it will break up, you have to sponge to remove the tissue carrier paper and to reveal the transfer. A further coat of varnish then the transfer is fully dry will complete the dry.

Dry Fix

Peel off the thin backing paper. Apply the adhesive side to surface and rub well down, giving extra pressure to the end from which the blue backing paper will be peeled off. Leave for 10 seconds, peel off backing paper gently. Rub down again for maximum adhesion. For extra protection we recommend varnishing over the transfer.

Self Adhesive

Remove backing paper, position transfer and rub down.

Water Slide

Soak transfer in water for not more than 30 seconds. When design releases itself slide it off face upward into position. Press well down wiping gently from the center outwards to squeeze out surplus water and air bubbles. Leave at least 24 hours to dry and varnish if required. One point worth mentioning is it is worthwhile rubbing the area where the transfer is to be fixed with heat washing up liquid on a bit of cotton wool this helps the transfer slide into position.

Keep it in the saddle!

Mike


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