[CR]Decal/Sticker Salvage, Restoration, Preservation

(Example: Component Manufacturers)

Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 11:01:33 -0800 (PST)
From: "Bruce Schrader" <bcschrader@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Decal/Sticker Salvage, Restoration, Preservation

A member wrote in a few days ago asking for advice on how to restore and preserve a curling decal. Only one other member added to the subject by saying that they had also experimented with various methods and techniques with little or no sucess.

All of us in this list have dealt with this dilema in the past and will continue to in the future since we are involved with older bicycles and are interested in preserving or restoring them to their best.

I for one have a few Reynolds 531 decals on various frames/forks that are in different stages of decay. I have a fork that's bent beyond repair but has two nice triangle Reynolds 531 decals on it that I'd like to remove and place on another Renolds 531 fork that the decals have all but dissappeared.

So I think this is a subject worth some in depth discussion on this list. If there are those with knowledge of tricks and techniques or articles written on the subject that we can be pointed to, it would be very helpful to many of us. Also if there are sources where authentic replacement decals can be obtained either from the tubing manufacturers or an aftermarket supplier or a frame painting/restoration service, that information would also be helpful.

In the mean time, I'll sit in my basement drinking my coffee and looking at the curling decals, trying to figure out a new way of preserving them without destroying them any further in my attempts.

Bruce Schrader Enjoying the January weather and my 20+ mile rides every day in San Francisco

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