How to place decals on the rim?

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WasFab
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by WasFab

I have new decals and I'm wondering if someone know a method to put them on rim's flange first time properly and right?

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stella-azzurra
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by stella-azzurra

Clean rim with cleaner that evaporates and leaves no film.
Apply decal carefully.
Now was that hard?
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cep111
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by cep111

I will be doing the same thing this evening. I plan on trimming the bottom of the application paper evenly so I align it from the edge of the rim. Getting them aligned and spaced is the hardest part. I do know that pro's use soapy water and then squeegy it out sometimes.

WasFab
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by WasFab

I did it with peeling the ack of sticker and place it gradually according to eye measure. It's all fine
Thanks and good luck


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cep111
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by cep111

It looks like it will be a time consuming tedious job with 12 large stickers to apply. Hopefully it will go smoothly

quattrings
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by quattrings

stickers add weight, why bother unless you're being paid to ride a particalur brand of wheels :noidea:

importbible
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by importbible

You can apply it using the wet method:

- clean your rim, I would even use clay bar
- prepare a mixture of water and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle
- spray the rim, peel the decal and give it a mist as well
- position the decal, proceed to use a squeegee or a credit card w/ a thin cloth wrapped around it to push the air and water out
- allow to dry
- peel backing

It's important that you don't "soak" the decal, just a light mist is enough. You want to be able to reposition the decal but still have it tack on to the surface.

by Weenie


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