I am trying to come up with a way to add some lettering to the side of the truck. Anyone tried to get vinyl lettering to stick to wood?
I want to add my dads' and grandfathers company business name to the side of the truck to commemorate them, since they were the ones that got me started with Model Ts'.
Greg, If you are using a spar varnish or clear top coat I would think the vinyl would stick provided you have the body warmed up. You could probably go over it with a coat of the finish. KB
What was the company?
Do you have a historically accurate logo?
Truck looks great.
: ^ )
Original company name was Raymond O. Whaley Construction. It underwent a name change in the late 80s' to Whaley Construction Ltd. Golf courses were their specialty. There was never really a logo, just the name Whaley in writing on an angle, with the words Construction Ltd. underneath. (with the phone number and address under that)
I had no problem with this sign applied to a varnished panel body. I suppose you might have trouble if there is a lot of wood movement?
As you know, wood swells and shrinks, and vinyl might not like bridging the joins.
I would apply the vinyl to a piece of plexi or even a piece of 3mm hardwood plywood.
These decals from my inkjet have done pretty well over the years. I probably used a rattle can of clear after I stuck them to the finished ply over ten years ago. They held up for years, but pretty faded now.
Greg, one way that I have used is to cut a piece of pvc board into an oval and attach the letters to it. The pvc comes in several thicknesses (1/4 to 1 inch)and is white which makes a nice background for the letters. It can be attached with small brass screws.
You should get a sign painter. There aren't so many around any more, but would look better than vinyl on a Model T. You could get a pair painted on wood panels and screw them to the sides. Try this guy:
LETTERVILLE (Steve & Barb Shortreed)
144 Hill St., E.
Fergus, Ontario N1M 1G9
Here's some neat lettering with your name...
Recently I went to a screen printing shop and bought one of their used screens to do license plate restorations. I paid $10 for it. Check with local screen printers. You may find one who will burn your artwork onto a screen and apply the sign in enamel. I've seen museums print text on walls and panels that way.
I'd paint it on. A sign shop can make a stencil from low-tack vinyl, which would make painting it fast and easy but still give the authentic look of hand-painted lettering.
That's what I plan to do on my TT.
I'm surprised it took about 2:30 minutes for someone to suggest the proper/original/correct method to apply the writing.
With the use of a computer you can easily set out a suitable size and letter font. Print it off and use the printed letters to mark out the sign on the side of the T.
You could trace the letters or cut them out and tack them on with a bit of masking tape or mark them out with a wax pencil and either you or anyone who can paint or color in can then paint in the letters. Use normal enamel it will stick if the clear finish is clean and any wax has been remover. If you like you can mask out the letters and then its easier to fill in the paint.
I'm sure if you google signwriting you will see there are lots of other ways to mark out the letters,
This upcoming show may be of interest to you. It's just down the 401
For lettering use bulls eye one-shot enamel. Thats what the sign painters use for lettering and for pinstriping. Its not cheap but its tough.
Thanks for the ideas guys. I will make sure and post some pics when I get it done.
Greg, my advice is do it right and do it once. Using vinyl cut lettering is akin to using phillips head screws in your beautiful woodwork.
If it is just lettering, a signwriter worth his salt should be able to do the job without you breaking the bank. He could also add some second colour highlights to make it look authentic.
Just my opinion.
Allan from down under.
Greg, You can play around with a photo editor on your computer, using different fonts with the photo you have posted on this thread to get some ideas.
Finally got it done......original guy spelled my name wrong (long story, had to re-do the doors).
Here is what it looks like now - local lady, she did a great job. There is a little bit of minor bleeding, even with the coats of clear, which she was worried about, but I think it looks great. I went through a lot of designs before coming up with this. "Whaley's Corners" is the original farm where my family first settled in the 1800's. I live minutes from the original area, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some history......
I will pull it outside and get some better pictures when it stops raining.
Very nice, Greg. I'm thinking of having some lettering on my TT C Cab also, and yours provides good ideas.
she did a great job! Glad you like it too! I find a lot of times it takes a few months of pondering hundreds of designs before you finally find one you like. In my case the design for my speedster body was the second design i came up with haha!