What exactly is a waterslide?
A waterslide decal is a very thin membrane of plastic that is attached to a paper backing. The membrane is printed on and released by placing the paper into water. The "waterslide" is then slide off the paper backing and onto a smooth surface. Once the water and bubbles have been removed and the decal is allowed to dry, the waterslide adheres to the surface with a vegetable gum adhesive.
How do I know whether to purchase a waterslide decal or a vinyl decal? What is the difference?
Waterslides are great for guitars or generally any smooth indoor items, items that will not come in contact with large amounts of water or items that will be clear-coated over. The general rule of thumb we give is.... Water on, water off. This is not to say that if the decals come in contact with small amounts of water they will come off. We have had waterslides in our bathrooms on cabinets that have endured the daily steam caused by showers for several years now and they remain as nice today as the day we applied them. We have had some customers decide they wanted to embed our waterslides into their custom paint jobs on their motorcycles, scooters or motor vehicles, these have been clear-coated over.
Vinyl on the other hand are great for any outdoor item, whether it is a motor vehicle or a boat, these vinyl decals should last and last. If your vinyl is going to be in direct sun though you may wish to treat them with a UV protectant that will help to extent the life of the decal, you can pick up a great UV protection spray for about $4.00 at your local home and garden center. We don't recommend the vinyl decals be applied to guitars unless it will be applied to the pick guard due to some nitro cellulose finishes reacting with vinyl. We offer two types of Vinyl, semi-permanent which uses an adhesive to attach the decal to the surface and a temporary (cling) which uses static electricity to attach the decal to the surface. The semi-permanant vinyl decals will leave a residue once removed from the object but the residue can easily be removed by common rubbing alcohol. The temporary or cling vinyl decals will not leave any residue at all. We have tested the cling on a vehicle driving on the freeways and city streets and they are not removed by wind resistance.
How do I know whether I should order white or transparent decals?
Transparent should only be chosen for white or light colored surfaces. Anything shown on our decals as white is actually the lack or color, that portion of the decal is completely transparent. This means that if the decal is placed on something that is pink anything that is showing white on the image will now be pink. Also since the decals are very transparent these will not show on dark or black surfaces, you would need to order the white decal material for black or dark surfaces. The advantage of the transparent decals is that once applied they look very much like a custom paint job, they really blend into whatever surface they have been applied to. The disadvantage of the transparent decals is that they blend into whatever surface they have been applied to, if you are trying to put a transparent decal on a black guitar it is much like a polar bear in a snow storm.... It isn't going to show up.
White should be chosen for any colored surface but is really your only alternative for black or dark colored surfaces. The success of the white decals is really in the hands of the person who trims the decal, the tighter the image is trimmed, the better the application will look. If the trimmer leaves a white outline around the image, there will be a white outline around the image. You can see some great examples of both white and transparent applications in the Wall of Fame 1 and the Wall of Fame 2 on our store page, just look for the link towards the top.
I've heard that some waterslide decals can cause damage to a guitar finish, is this true?
Not at all, Waterslides use a gum adhesive that is safe for any guitar finish. Whether you are purchasing the inkjet version or the laser verision there is no damage. We happen to use the laser version, but either is very safe. As stated before Vinyl can cause damage but since neither the inkjet or the laser versions use vinyl there is no damage. Inkjet decals must be clear-coated to fix the inks but the clear-coat would NEVER be vinyl.
What if we want to order one of your sheets that have writing on them or really small images on them, how are we going to cut out the lettering or the small images... say for model airplanes.
We do not recommend the sheets that have writing on them or very small images for application to dark or black surfaces because they are virtually impossible to trim and have them look appropriate. There are a few work arounds especially for the little model airplanes, please contact us and we will be happy to share those work arounds with you. If you see one of the decals that has writing on it and you need for a dark surface, please contact us and we will see if there is an alternative for you.
A pinup girl, also known as a pin-up model, is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display. Pinup girls may be glamour models, fashion models, and actresses.
The term pinup may also refer to drawings, paintings, and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos (see the list of pinup artists). The term was first attested to in English in 1941; however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.
The pin up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or be from postcard or chromo-lithographs, and so on. Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway. Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced. They became an instant hit.
Many pin ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols. One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable. Her poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II. Other pin-ups were artwork, often depicting idealized versions of what some thought a particularly beautiful or attractive woman should look like. An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. The genre also gave rise to several well-known artists specializing in the field.
During the Rockabilly movement Pinups became very popular and using Pin-Up Decals to adorn guitars became very Vogue. Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats had several Pinup Decals on his guitars as well as Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.
We offer Great Pinups plus a lot more, and we're in the US.
Some time in the 1960s it became fashionable to add Pin-Up Decals to guitars. The great part about using Waterslide Pinup decals is that they give the appearance of a custom paint job at a budget price. Having your guitar painted would cost hundreds of dollars and meant that you had to have it recoated with a Nitro-Cellulose coating and you would be without your guitar for some time. With Pin Up waterslide decals you get instant gratification in minutes. Waterslides are very economical and they apply in minutes. You can clear-coat over them to make them permanent or leave them un-coated, even the Fender Custom shop does not coat over them. We have provided Pin-Up Waterslide decals to major Guitar custom shops throughout the United States and all over the world. We provided the Pin Up waterslides that Gibson's custom shop used on the limited edition Steve Jones Gibson Les Paul. You can find the same sheet in our store as was used on the Steve Jones Les Paul featuring the Ukulele Cowgirl and the Record girl by typing in 23 into the search bar.
We also offer Pin Up Decals in a variety of medium.
We offer Pin-Up Decals in Waterslides which can be applied to any smooth surface including vintage style guitars without any damage to the surface. These are very popular for those who want to add a little zing to their bathrooms. They can be added to painted cabinets and pre-installed tiles and on cabinet knobs. Anything smooth surface that will not be exposed to large amounts of water are the ideal place for our waterslide decals. Just remember to order transparent PinUp decals for white or light colored surfaces and White Pin-Up decals for darker surfaces.
We offer Pin Up decals in a bake-on Water slide medium which can be used on any surface that can withstand a 350 Degree home oven. These are very popular for people who want to put pinups in their bathrooms on the tile. The bake on decals must be applied prior to installation. The Bake on Pinup decals are also very popular amongst jewelry makers because they can be added to porcelain cabs prior to being set into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We have also used them on porcelain coasters and they look fabulous