Decal logo With a oil or poly finish?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by roberthabraken, Dec 16, 2012.


  1. roberthabraken

    roberthabraken

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    I am in the process of designing my own logo for my basses (and maybe guitars in the future). The logo I like best however, doesn't lend itself for using an inlay technique and should probably applied via a decal. But my preferred finish is an oil finish, or wipe on poly.. And the tutorials I saw about water slide decals all instruct you to finish off with a layer of clear lacquer over the decal. My question is if there is a technique where you can use a decal with a professional result, while still using an oil finish or something equivalent?
     
  2. Landy67

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    Is the logo you want to use the one in your avatar? That would be a easy one to have laser etched, and then you could put an oil finish on top without a problem.
     
  3. roberthabraken

    roberthabraken

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    No, I haven't published it yet, because it isn't finished. The avatar shape would be easy to inlay though. What I had in mind was my last name written in a small script font.
     
  4. superquick

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    I do my decals with water slide and on my first bass I used tru-oil over it and I put down coat after coat of it and just couldn't get it to level out because it's so thin of a layer. However on the build I'm currently doing I used poly on just the headstock and the lines of the decal are disappearing after 3 or 4 coats. Poly goes on thicker than oils, from what I found. I can get some pics of the results if you want to show what I'm talking baout
     
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  6. roberthabraken

    roberthabraken

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    Thanks! Some photos would be great. Is the result okay on your Tru oiled bass? Despite the fact that the lines didn't level out?
     
  7. superquick

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    This is how it came out with the tru oil. It lays down great and It did even better on my most recent build using a different technique. The way i did it on this one, however involved some pretty heavy coats. You might could build it up enough to get it even, but it would take some work.

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    now this one is after about 4 coats after I put the decal on. I put down 3 coats before the decal, the decal on the third coat, and then this is around 4 coats on top of the decal

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    And on this one i tru-oiled everything except for the face of the headstock and fingerboard. The headstock has poly on it
     
  8. roberthabraken

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    Thanks, it's a good example for reference., which is what I was looking for. You can indeed see the area of the decal having a different reflection, but technically it seems to work.
     
  9. superquick

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    Oh yeah. It'll definitely work. And if you look at it from certain angles you can't see a difference at all. That also was my first attempt at doing it so someone with more expirience than me could probably pull it off
     

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