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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSwanson View Post
    Copal varnish was the medium used to protect, I believe.

    http://www.jamescgroves.com/copalvarnish.htm
    Can anyone confirm this? I was wondering the same thing regarding what varnish was used myself.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Eric... if you check the Trash and Treasures section of your latest Antique Motorcycle magazine, you'll find an ad for decals... it should answer your questions.

    As for sealing decals, yes... they need to be sealed. Original decals were sealed with varnish. Most restorers, owadays, seal them under their clearcoats. Personally, I've used a 1-Shot product called "Sign Restoring Clear"... they also make a "Sign Finishing Clear". I think these work well if you're going for an "original" type of appearance. The secret is to brush the clear just slightly beyond the clear binder coat on the decal... this seals them to the surface and protects them.

    As for vinyl decals... I can't imagine using them on a bike that originally had water type decals. Applied properly, water decals work very well.
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    Well here is what I did for a 38 Knuckle. I bought a genuine water transfer and used it for a pattern and got my "decals" air brushed on. This girl was so good that if you put the decal beside the airbrush, you cannot tell the difference.
    Even after it was judged 3 times they all missed it too, but judging in a whole different story that I will not discuss here.

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    I've got some decals I'd like to have made. Does anybody make water decals anymore? Dave

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    Yup. Let yer fingers do the walking.
    Be sure to visit;
    http://www.vintageamericanmotorcycles.com/main.php
    Be sure to register at the site so you can see large images.
    Also be sure to visit http://www.caimag.com/forum/

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    i think doug strange make them.i'll look for his # this weekend

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    you might want to contact these folks----they sell almost every type of decal harley ever used at the oley meet and i think rhinebeck and wauseon too. they even have the very rare confederate decals for the gas tanks and front fender braid for 1977 only confederate edition harley

    J & M COLLECTIBLES
    JIM & MARY GODWIN
    7172 RT 707
    PO BOX 166
    MENDON, OH 45862-0166
    419-795-4185
    EMAIL: mgodwin@wabash.bright.net
    mon tue wed fri 9-8
    thu sat9-4

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    http://www.phoenixresto.com/

    These guys had a display at Davenport and I think Rhinebeck and it looks like they do a nice job. The website has more.
    Dan Margolien
    Yankee Chapter National Meet August 3/4 2018 NEW LOCATION at the TERRYVILLE FAIRGROUNDS, Terryville CT http://www.bing.com/local?lid=YN873x...ir&FORM=SNAPST
    Yankeechapter.org
    pocketvalve@gmail.com
    JD enthusiasts: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/harleyjd/

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    I've used clear nail polish with success....
    Bill Pedalino
    Huntington, New York
    AMCA 6755

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    On my Knuckle I couldn't keep my decals on, so I ordered a new set and had someone air brush them on with paint. I have lost the contact, but she was so good, that even with an original decal side by side you cannot tell the difference. The AHEM judges couldn't tell the difference either after 3 times being judged, but that is not saying too much is it.

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