First Guitar With ArtDecal (30 Aug 2006) This is the first
guitar with one of the android originals LC
art decals installed.
This is one of the images from GALLERY 3. The
process is still under development. For this first guitar, the
installation took too much time and handwork. And after this installation
it is apparent that a typical van-wrap
vinyl decal is too soft by itself, even with the standard
protective overlaminate used in vehicle wraps. I added a much
tougher overlaminate made for floor decals, and. made a few boggles.
But they won't show to the audience, and I will work on better
methods to avoid them.
Second Guitar With ArtDecal (Nov 2006)
Some holes the back of the guitar, painted blue, lighten it
by fraction of a pound. Before installation, this decal was covered
with a tough matte vinyl overlaminate, OCE
6.5 mil TSLA (see Display Graphics -> Laminates), rated
not to yellow, fog or lose transparency for up to one year normal
indoor vertical exposure, according to the Manufacturer's Produce
Reference Sheet. This document makes no reference to the two year
durability and UV protection claimed for it by the retailer (
www.fellers.com) in their
Fall 2006 catalog. This particular material, laminated over the
decal already covered with a standard laminate, didn't always
adhere perfectly, leaving some cloudy areas and small pinhead
sized bubbles. They tended to fade with time and temperature.
The overlaminate could be peeled up by the guitar strap where
it rubbed on the edges, so it required tacking down with narrow
strips of the regular soft overlaminate (click here).
The body of the guitar was covered after cutting the decal
to a tracing. Leftover part of that decal and parts of a second
cover the neck and headstock. At first the strings were painted,
as shown, but later stripped back to bare wire.