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    My cousin gave me a quart jar that he remembers taking the labels off of that were old HD oil jars. Does anyone make reproduction labels? Thanks Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubman View Post
    My cousin gave me a quart jar that he remembers taking the labels off of that were old HD oil jars. Does anyone make reproduction labels? Thanks Mike
    The MOCO would sue immediately if they did, Mike!

    Get a good pic of one first, then a good printer.

    A one-off is protected by 'artistic license', I believe.

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    (But not with an ink-jet, 'cause it runs... Dot matrix still rules.)
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    The repop labels show up on eBay regularly, just watch H-D oil cans and you will find one.
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    So snag a pic off of ebay..

    And print one for less than the price of postage.

    ....Cotten
    PS: Fake is fake. Better to call it your own!
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    Thanks, what do you mean tea stain? Thanks Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubman View Post
    Thanks, what do you mean tea stain? Thanks Mike
    Brew some tea, Mike!

    When cool, apply it to some of your paper to see how dark it gets when it dries. Its easy to get it too dark, but that's the way I like it for my DURABLE float labels.

    If you have a printer with ink that is indelible, you can sponge it on, but with a common ink-jet you will want to use a spray bottle or plant mister to avoid bleeding.
    Or you can just treat your paper first, and press it flat after it dries so it will feed through the printer.
    Although paper usually wrinkles a bit and needs time in a press, it usually isn't an issue if you are going to glue it down anyway. For glass, I use rubber cement.

    My wife has paper that is already vanilla-colored, but it is too even to appear aged. "Water-stained" looks best.

    Have fun!

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    Ok thanks I'll give it a try, I see you are from central Illinois I'm in Jacksonville.

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    IMG_3811.jpgIMG_3812.jpg A guy at Davenport had some , I think it looks pretty good.

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    I've seen the glass oil jars, and always wondered why H-D risked the potential mess of shipping, and handling glass quarts of oil. The ubiquitous oil can has always made more sense, particularly for the traveler who wants to carry their own supply, or the shop owner that wants to use a church key, or bayonet oil spout for expedience. Don't get me wrong, I think the glass quart is a beautiful collectible, but I have to believe an unacceptable number of them wound up as fragments in a gooey mess, when they slipped out of some mechanic's hands.
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    I think they were packaged in the glass containers because of the metal shortages during the war years in the 40s.
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