Replacing Rubicon hood decals
A few years ago I replaced my factory RUBICON decals with aftermarket.
They looked pretty good, but it's time for a change.
I decided to eliminate all of my aftermarket decals and go back to a clean, uncluttered look.
This is how I was taught to apply a decal.
First step, wait for a nice hot day, and remove the decals. Use your fingernail or something like a PLASTIC putty knife (no sharp corners!) to get them started, then slowly peel them off. Or you can get a vinyl chisel that is designed for this sort of thing.
The important thing is NOT to scratch your paint.
The sun will warm and soften the adhesive making it possible to pull the decals off easliy. In colder weather you can use a heat gun on low or a blow dryer to warm them up. Be careful with a heat gun not to blister the paint.
To remove the adhesive residue left by decals you will have better results if you use some sort of chemical. I have always used Ronsonol Lighter fluid and a terrycloth rag.
I have often seen Goo Gone recommended but had never tried it. I just happened to have a small bottle of it on hand and decided to give it a shot.
For comparison I used them both on parts of the same area. Hands down, the lighter fluid did a much faster and better job than the Goo Gone. It's a lot less expensive too.
Decals all gone:
After removing the decals and cleaning it up with adhesive remover you will need to wash it so that there are no oils or contaminants under the decals to inhibit adhesion. Look closely to be certain you have ALL of the old adhesive off. It can be stealthy. If any is left it can cause an unsightly bump under the new decal.
Measuring for the new decals.
From the edge of the hood latch measure to the rear of the hood 9 3/8"
make a small pencil mark.
Use a piece of tape and run it vertically along the front edge of the mark leaving about 1/8" space.
Measure the length of your decal and transfer that measurement to your hood adding appx 1/4". Run a piece of tape vertically there too.
These pieces of tape are going to be your alignment tools.
Decals have an adhesive paper "liner" on top of them. It holds the decal together while you're applying it. It also can help with alignment.
Using a ruler, make a straight pencil line lightly across the bottom edge of the letters on your decal extending all the way to the edge of the paper.
On the hood, make a mark on the tape 3/4" UP from the top of the fender. These are your guide lines.
Clean the area with something like glass cleaner (I like Invisible Glass by Stoner) and a lint free towel. Any lint, dust or contaminants on your hood will show under your decals and look like little pimples.
Peel the backing off of the decal and lay it adhesive side up on your hood.
Be careful not to let it bend around and stick to itself. Decals sometimes have a static charge that makes them attracted to any nearby surface.
Mist the area lightly but completely where the decal is to be applied with Invisible Glass. Cover the entire surface where the decal is going to be applied.
Do not stretch your decal.
The moisture will evaporate, so you will want to work fairly quickly but carefully.
Apply the decal lightly onto the moist area between your blue tape guides and gently align it so that the lines on the tape and the lines on the paper decal liner match up. The moisture helps to keep the decal from sticking while you align it. You may need to lift it and reset it a couple of times, as long as you don't let it stick firmly and the area is moist you should be ok.
Place the decal right up to the edge of the front tape line. The rear bit of tape is only there for vertical alignment. It would be difficult to get it exactly the same on each side and an eight of an inch either way won't make a bit of difference.
Once you have the decal aligned use a vinyl squeege
and work your way from the center of the decal to the outer edges. Using light pressure push out the moisture and air bubbles from beneath. If it appears as though there are wrinkles STOP before you start using the squeegee. Gently lift the decal and reposition it (be sure you still have moisture under it) then press it down.
Once it's all smoothed out gently peel off the liner and wipe the rest of the moisture from the hood. Don't rub too hard as it takes a a day or two before the vinyl gets truly good adhesion.
After all of this, I think I liked the look of the aftermarket decals a little bit better :doh:
like the originals, but where did u get the aftermarket ones they r pretty sweet...:D
Nice Job, looks clean! I removed all the stickers on my rubicon, but i like the all black look.
The aftermarket were mad up for me by some folks at a vinyl shop.
Not hard really, just choose your font and give them the dimensions that you want.
On yours, black on black might look all stealthy and stuff :punk:
What type of rocker guards are you running? I like the look of them.
Flint, they're what we call "Dick Hard" my hubby's name is "Dick" he made them. He made my rear tire carrier too. That's whey I say the best accessory I have on my rig is my OBM - On Board Mechanic.
He was planning on making the rails and selling them but hasn't gone into production yet.
Well tell him nice work and let everyone know if he is going to make a few for market. Post up some pictures of the tire carrier, would love to see the craftsmanship
Kate, you have one of my favorite Jeeps on this site, btw! It looks great!
I just purchased an 02 white wrangler. I like the looks of yours from the side. Would it be too much to ask for you to post some front and back pictures? TIA
Magic Erasers work great for getting sticker adhesive off your jeep......no chemicals required!
And Kate........your Jeep looks awesome!! I think I like the aftermarket stickers a little better.
Congrats on the new Jeep!
Asking for photos of someone's Jeep is kind of like asking to see pictures of their grandchildren, heck no I don't mind! I actually have more pics of my rig than I do of my grandchildren. Pitiful, isn't it.
For some reason, today it looked short to me in this picture... go figure.
Next project for him is my new front bumper.
Thank you for your kind words, made me all proud and stuff *aww shucks!*:redface:
but that's a nice write up Kate. :)
I had a bunch of people asking how I did the graphics on my hood a while back.
I never thought about doing a write up on it, good job.
The only big difference is that I didn't use liquid for the application process.
I really like your Rig btw.
The DC-1's, along with the rocker and corner guards give a nice contrast. :cool:
However, it looks like hers was stretched and narrowed a bit.
"Lets see how many pics we can get her to post before she catches on! :rofl::rofl: "
Here's my OBM with the tire carrier & bumper nearly complete:
Thank you BTG!
Yes, you are right about the font being elongated. It had to be, much to my dismay, in order to stretch out and be the right size on the side of the hood.
I HAVE found a new one though, think this is what I will go to next.
Prolly get it ordered next week. You can have them cut at any vinyl shop and they should have a selection of fonts for you to choose from.
I'm SERIOUSLY considering painting my wheels black. They have a lot of rock rash on them and are starting to corrode.
When they cut it,
it should be cut so your paint shows through as the flames right?
Sorry to hear about the wheels.
But if they're corroding, you gotta do something about it.
I've always liked those DC-1's.
Never had the chance to get a set though.
Now they've been replaced with the DC-2, which I really DON'T like.
There's only a few changes to them,
but they stick out like a sore thumb IMO.
Since you have the font you posted,
you probably already have this one too,
but in case you don't:
THAT is just flat sexy!
Your Jeep is so clean it makes mine look like a piglet.
Way back when I first started thinking of doing something different to mine, I desperately wanted a "torn" look with something like diamond plate and the RUBICON peeking out from under it.
Never fond a place that could do it for me though, so I gave up.
Yes on the "flames" the white would be as pictured.
BTG, you and Kate are killing me with those white TJ's.... Love, love, love a white and black TJ... :)
Kate, I really like the flame decals, go for it.. Best thing about fairly simple decals is they are not terribly expensive. I had a huge skull and crossbones on the rear window of my Tahoe several years ago, that thing (2 colors) was expensive.... :( Then hubby went all retard on me and made me take it off.... :rofl: Still miss that one...
If your wheels are pitting and nasty then by all means paint them... You have the skills I know, and I'm sure you've already made up your mind to do it. The only other thing I could suggest would be to polish them up nice, sell them and pick up some soft 8's. I know you've mentioned that you really wanted some. 5 will run you just over $200, I'm sure you could get that outta your DC's....
But while scrounging through my font files I found the flame one and it just kind of clicked. It's SO similar to the factory font, but with a little zing.
I thought about going with something like this
for just long enough to drive the guys in the club NUTS over it...
but it would be a waste of time & money.
Funny as heck though. I know I would get a raise out of them :rofl:
LOL Kate! In pink even..... :rofl:
If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Here's a list of mods on my rig.. I think I got them all.
06 Rubi, 4.0L, 4sp Auto,
Rough Country 4" X series-lift,
Rough Country Diff Guards
Rough Country Steering skid brace
Rough Country Winch plate
Rough Country Performance 2.2 shocks
Rough Country steering stabilizer
JKS 1.25" BL & 1"MML,
JKS Track Bar
Alloy rear axles
Tom Woods CV Driveshaft
SwayLOC (sway bar replacement/disconnect)
DickHard Rock rails
DickHard rear bumper & swing away tire carrier
Rockmen shorty corners
Carr Rota Light bar w/a 6 pack
Skinny Pedal MiniMe rock lights (these are cool as heck!)
15 x 10 Cepek DC-1 wheels
Rough Country X rock rings (on the wheels)
35" Cepek Mud Country Tires
Cobra 75wxst w/ 4' Firestick
Rugged Ridge Grab handles
HD Rear shackles
Iron Rock Tie Rod
On the way: Savvy gas tank skid
Oh... and MAYBE one pink Girley sticker on the hood LMAO!
It doesn't look like that on an everyday basis though.
Just after some TLC. ;)
I know this might be a rather cheezy version of your idea,
but it's more for reference:
Diamond Plate Rip*::*Rips / Torn Metal*::*Weston Signs Inc
If you really wanted it done, I think this guy could do it.
Since he's already got the 'torn' design completed,
it's just a matter of filling the inside part with whatever is desired.
To 'delete' the inside and just add 'RUBICON',
or combine with Diamond Plate,
seems like it would be pretty easy.
If you're still interested in doing something like that,
the owners name is Chris.
You might shoot him a message or give em a call.
Not to mention, SCARY AS HELL! :eek:
They might turn out very nice.
Go for it! :)
I have one sanded down. It's one that got bent on a mean ol' rock awhile back and I replaced it. Seemed like the perfect guinnea pig.
Go for it Kate, you have the skills, and they would be great looking!
When you do it,
just make sure to buy an extra fine brush
so you can add all those important highlights!
Just teasing ya. ;)
Some people are actually bold enough to do it though.
I found this one on AutoTrader last year! :eek:
To each their own, I guess.
Here now! I kinda like the wheels the way you did them!
I was playing with the guys awhile back and threatened to paint my whole Jeep hot pink.
If I paint my wheels black, I might paint my rock rings red, but that's about as close to pink as I think I will ever get.
Green is more my color. If I had to repaint my Jeep and choose a different color than white - which I love - I would go with Rescue Green. Something about that color makes my knees wobbly.
Poor Ajax... he would be SO humiliated if I put pink on him. He's my war horse, a "Manly Jeep" after all.
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