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GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

#1 2012-06-06 1:12am

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GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

This really only works for white/lighter walled tires as I used my own inkjet printer.  This is probably done in "for real" life with a Pad Printer.  I don't have a pad printer yet, so, I made due with what I had in the meantime.

Took a pic of the original logo:
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseum/gtwingtire/wing_orig.jpg

Recreated the artwork: SVG File Here (90 DPI)

Printed it out on Papilio Waterslide decal material (Here is a link to it)
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseum/gtwingtire/wing_printout.jpg

Then cut them out with my vinyl cutter (probably overkill, you could just use a scissors), soaked one in water for 60 seconds and applied. This is the final result:
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseum/gtwingtire/wing_applied.jpg
(I know these tires are not "real" GT tires... they are repops, came with a bike i purchased)

Now, obviously you can't really "ride hard" with this thing on, it will probably just rip to shreds, but, it works for show for sure. It has really nice colors and really stands out.

The waterside decals work great for a lot of things... putting small logos on like the "gyro" logo, or the wings on your seat post clamp, etc -- Things where a Pad Printer would probably be the ideal thing to use. It's pretty thin material... i think it's 1.5-2 mil, so it looks seamless... much more than a vinyl decal.

Good luck!
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#2 2012-06-06 1:23am

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Re: GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

SonicMouse wrote:

This really only works for white/lighter walled tires as I used my own inkjet printer.  This is probably done in "for real" life with a Pad Printer.  I don't have a pad printer yet, so, I made due with what I had in the meantime.

Took a pic of the original logo:
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseu … g_orig.jpg

Recreated the artwork: SVG File Here (90 DPI)

Printed it out on Papilio Waterslide decal material (Here is a link to it)
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseu … intout.jpg

Then cut them out with my vinyl cutter (probably overkill, you could just use a scissors), soaked one in water for 60 seconds and applied. This is the final result:
http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseu … pplied.jpg
(I know these tires are not "real" GT tires... they are repops, came with a bike i purchased)



Now, obviously you can't really "ride hard" with this thing on, it will probably just rip to shreds, but, it works for show for sure. It has really nice colors and really stands out.

The waterside decals work great for a lot of things... putting small logos on like the "gyro" logo, or the wings on your seat post clamp, etc -- Things where a Pad Printer would probably be the ideal thing to use. It's pretty thin material... i think it's 1.5-2 mil, so it looks seamless... much more than a vinyl decal.

Good luck!
-andy.

Nice work and very creative. Great info for others as well. cool

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#3 2012-06-06 5:11am

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Re: GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

Great idea and it looks like it came on the tire.

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#4 2012-06-06 5:26am

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high five to the diy'ers! Looks great!

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#5 2012-06-06 6:28am

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Re: GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

That is super cool.
Water slide decals are indeed the best way to get that detail. There is a guy who developed white ink for water slide decals but you cannot over lay so you would have to print a white decal, then put the color one on top.


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#6 2012-06-06 7:38am

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Really niceee

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#7 2012-06-06 7:46am

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D.I.Y. forever , nice to see people using their brain and do something rad . cool


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#8 2012-06-06 10:27am

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Bling! Bling! wrote:

That is super cool.
Water slide decals are indeed the best way to get that detail. There is a guy who developed white ink for water slide decals but you cannot over lay so you would have to print a white decal, then put the color one on top.

That's a really good idea. 2 separate layers... It would make it a tad thicker, but if it's for show, it wouldn't be that noticeable.  Plus then it would work on those black tires.

Thanks everyone! Glad you guys liked it. Any any of us can do it since it just uses stuff laying around your home. I am going to do a seat-post clamp next and see how it turns out.


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#9 2012-06-06 10:35am

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I've used waterslides for a few years and have even done entire frames, forks and bars (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/haro/43118) and have experimented with both white and clear.  If you've never tried, this may help you:

How to Create and Apply Waterslide Decals
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=174238

Using them on rubber is just genius!

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#10 2012-06-06 12:09pm

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Re: GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

Yup, I have seen your posts... I think that's how I ended up getting some of that for the tires.  I really wanted to do it on the frame as well. They sure aren't fun to apply though. Very stretchy and temperamental.


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#11 2012-06-07 8:54pm

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Re: GT Tire "Wing Logo" restoration.

Nice work.

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