Save The Children #4: A New Barrier; Need Some Help

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-14-2007 01:19 AM 1165 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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2 skateboards; 1 finished; 1 to go.

Skateboard 1: logo was created using the Omni-Gel process and I think it has turned out quite well.

Skateboard 2: I couldn’t get a photo copy today to repeat the process and my backup plan is a plastic window decal that you print on. The plastic is like the material used with overhead projectors. The back is tacky so it will stick to smooth surfaces but it can be removed and re-used.

Test A: I printed the decal (it looks great) and I tried using the Omni-Gel to glue it to a wood surface (unfinished). The Gel didn’t stick.

Test B: I tried putting a layer of water-based wipe-on poly on top to see if it would adhere, and when I wiped it on, the ink just smeared over the plastic.

Test C: I used a spray “clear coat” something or other so seal the logo to the plastic. It has dried – no smearing.

Test D: I tried wiping the water-based poly onto the clear coat to see if it would stick. It worked.

Result: I will print a second decal, spray the top with the clear coat.

Question: how do I secure it to the skateboard before putting the poly. on top?

1) spray the back of the decal as well as the top?

2) use the tacky backing to place it on the skateboard and then just put several coats of wipe-on poly on top to secure it in place?

3) put a layer of wipe-on poly onto the board and add the decal to the wet surface? Then when dry, add the finish?

4) other ideas…..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 10-14-2007 12:54 PM


I think I recall a blog a while back on using decals to identify your business. It was pretty inclusive.

Maybe you need a different decal medium?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 10-14-2007 12:56 PM

yes.. that would be the one with the $30 shipping fee!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 10-14-2007 07:46 PM

well, I just “bit the bullet” and went for it.

I spread a layer of poly onto the board, placed the decal on top… rolled it on … crossed my fingers.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 12:32 AM

Ah, the old bullet technique.

sometimes it’s the best way!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 11:06 AM

fortunately it worked this time!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 10-23-2007 02:44 PM

the skateboards are heading west … stuck them in the mail yesterday (haha 2 skateboards stuck in a mailbox…. no, I went to the post office).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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