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can anyone recommend a vendor or supplier for a QUALITY set of side tank graphics for my spitfire. really looking for vinyl stick-on and NOT waterslides. TIA....

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WHY vinyl?

Did you never build models as a kid and have experience with the waterslide decals that came in the kits?
They aren't that difficult to apply.

In 1969 Triumph switched to stick-on decals, and within five years the glue dried up and they fell off.

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just a personal preference. yeah, built a ton of plastic models when i was a kid, and waterslide decals are not off the table just yet. as far as longevity, the adhesive vinyl today, especially 3M products are far superior to what was used 50 years ago. the originals on my spitfire were vinyl stick-on, and up to a year ago, they were still stuck to the tank. right now, exploring all options.

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Wouldn’t a 66 spitfire not have the metal winged badges??


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These people have best decals in my opinion. Have dealt with them several times.
https://classictransfers.co.uk/my-account/


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Originally Posted by joe czech
can anyone recommend a vendor or supplier for a QUALITY set of side tank graphics for my spitfire. really looking for vinyl stick-on and NOT waterslides. TIA....

Tank not side cover


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Originally Posted by Beach
These people have best decals in my opinion. Have dealt with them several times.
https://classictransfers.co.uk/my-account/
they only have waterslide for the tank. the top tank "spitfire special" is vinyl. i'd like to keep vinyl-vinyl or do waterslide-waterslide, but not mix them. i agree, classic transfers are top shelf.

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Originally Posted by joe czech
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These people have best decals in my opinion. Have dealt with them several times.
https://classictransfers.co.uk/my-account/
they only have waterslide for the tank. the top tank "spitfire special" is vinyl. i'd like to keep vinyl-vinyl or do waterslide-waterslide, but not mix them. i agree, classic transfers are top shelf.
Doesn't hurt to mix. I actually prefer waterslide but the way they do vinyl is easy to work with too. I clearcoat over my decals so doesn't matter mixing them.


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Originally Posted by KC in S.B.
Originally Posted by joe czech
can anyone recommend a vendor or supplier for a QUALITY set of side tank graphics for my spitfire. really looking for vinyl stick-on and NOT waterslides. TIA....

Tank not side cover


I’m getting terrible for that.


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I also have the preference for stick-ons. Over the decades I've never had any issues with them drying up and falling off as Irish has experienced. They are easy to apply and do not look thin, cheap, and are opaque.


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i have installed graphics on cars some 20 years ago without issues. as i said, the stuff today, especially 3M products is far superior to anything used 50 years ago. been in touch with classic transfers and they have updated their on-line site to reflect vinyl tank side graphics for my spitfire. looks like the route i'll be going.

this is my take on the subject. the first thing folks look at on a vintage, antique, or any other bike, is the fuel tank, and the first thing in the tank is the graphics, emblems, or artwork, so this has to be spot on or it throws off everything else.


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