Eleanor’s new labels

Laid back kayaking

Laid back kayaking

It has been raining quite abit around here lately, so I have been postponing putting on Eleanor’s new labels. Late sunny afternoon of 7Mar09, I decided it was a good time to launch “Yakuni”, my cute little 9ft kayak. It was not like me to start doing something this time of the day, but the weather was just perfect for it.

These are the steps needed to apply the new letterings. 1st, peel off the old letterings.

Cleaning with MEK.

Cleaning with MEK.

Some of the old glue will be left on the surface, that cant be helped. If surface is gelcoat, use MEK on a rag to clean off the old glue. Most other surfaces, use lighter fluid. Painted surfaces, like on cars, use car wax.

Next step, peel the lettering off the backing, using the transfer tape. As shown in below picture, the transfer tape is holding the letterings together.

Reversed side of letterings, on transfer tape.

Reversed side of letterings, on transfer tape.

Then align the position of the decals, carefully. Make adjustments to alignment until satisfied, then stick on from a corner, slowly rub on the decals to the stern. Rub slowly, try not to have air bubbles trapped under the decals. Finally, gentlely peel off the transfer tape. Peeling too quickly may pull the decals off.



Hah! Done! Lang posing with new labels on Eleanor.

Like Eleanor new labels?


1 Response to “Eleanor’s new labels”

  1. 1 seowyin
    March 18, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Finally found the time to crawl up your blog…cool site! You look so relaxed in your kayak 🙂

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