DIY Custom Decals DIY Custom Decals

DriftMission.com is proud to present our Do It Yourself DIY decals! These are as close to vinyl that you can make at home. We have tried numerous different labels, waterslide decals, and sticker paper until we settled on these selections. You will need a few items to make your own decals, we have outlined them below. Follow the steps after the jump to make your own rc decals for your drift machine. Let us know if you have any tips or have found other labels that work well.

Requirements

  • Computer with a Color Laser Printer *Preferred Method* (Color Laser Jet works but isn’t capable of vibrant color reproduction.)
  • Sciscors
  • GBC SelfSeal 9×12 #3747307 Laminating Sheets
  • 8.5 or 11 inch straight edge
  • Graphics to be printed (Link to DriftMission.com Stickerbomb)
  • Avery Decal Sheet Options (Depending on application)

  • Avery TrueBlock White Mailing Labels for Laser #05165
  • Avery Clear Full Sheet Labels for Laser/Inkjet #15665
  • Avery Sticker Project Paper for Inkjet #03383



If you are printing a detailed image like the DriftMission.com stickerbomb it is best to use the TrueBlock Avery labels as they are the best for adheshion and richness. As you can see in the picture below the differences between all three options are quite apparent. The one problem with TrueBlock labels is that they have a white background and do not provide a see through look for that vinyl finish. This is where the Clear Full Sheet labels come in handy, however due to the fact these are clear the color reproduction suffers tremendously. This can be solved by working on darkening the image and printing until you find the desired color. The clear sheets do not adhere as well to lexan as the TrueBlock/Sticker labels, so expect them to last 2-6 months before they being to peel/fall off.

You can see the final result with all three examples below.

Step One

Open the graphic you wish to print, insert the desired label paper into your printer.

Step Two

Print the graphic to your printer, ensure the printer settings are set to max quality levels. Additionally for the paper type we found it best to select “Matte Photo Paper”.

Step Three

Take the printed label and place it on a hard surface.

Step Four

Take one sheet of the GBC SelfSeal Laminate and peel back roughly 1/5 of the backing.

Step Five

Carefully place the unpeeled laminate and begin placing it on the printed label. It is best to hold the label as you place the laminate over top.

Step Six

Take your straight edge of choice and press it over the laminate while slowly pulling the remaining backing off.

Step Seven

Use the straight edge to get any remaining air bubbles or imperfections out.

Step Eight

Trim off the edges, and trim the final product to your desired size.

Step Nine

Profit?!?

Thanks for taking the time to read our how to make custom rc drift decals, let us know if you have found any other ways to create these at home! Leave any questions or suggestions in the comments section below.

  • William Huynh

    April 23, 2012 #1 Author

    Awesome!! Now, I’m going sticker everything I can find. 

    Forgot to ask, Would it be possible for you to post a Product# or pic of the laminate?

    Reply

    • William Huynh

      April 24, 2012 #2 Author

      Just an FYI, I found the Model ID number for the GBC Laminate #3747307.  This was more helpful in my search.  The Laminate is for letter size sheets, but the size of the laminate is 9×12.  Searching GBC 8.5×11 laminate was throwing off my search. 

      As always Thanks!

      Reply

    • DriftMission

      April 24, 2012 #3 Author

      LOL@google-05832f79279811fead2a16607fe0316f:disqus we have already started bombing random things…. haha

      Sorry for the delay with our response, but it looks like you found everything you were looking for.  Thanks for sharing the Product # with everyone 🙂

      Reply

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