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Folks,

Work and five (yes five) kids have been occupying my time for the last several years. I am also the advertising chair for AROC USA, and the Alfa Owner, though I have been seeking my replacement. If interested, drop me a note. I have been enjoying the Alfas and Ferraris on rare occasion. And may actually let a couple of the cars go this coming spring.

I have for some time been looking for an effective way to share with the community the collaborative effort to create decals for 70s and forward classic Alfas. I mention that model year range as that is what I have ready at the moment. Below, you will see a link. The link, a google drive, will give you access to files I created with your contributions. These files may not be perfect, but they are close.

The files are multiple pages of PSD (photoshop) files. And the PSD files have layers allowing you to turn on and off individual decals. The decals can be printed at home with the proper materials and a simple inkjet printer. I personally used a higher end photo printer by cannon as it had not fading (archival) ink. But I think very good results can be had with a HP inkjet for example.

The process is simple.
1. Download the files for your particular model of Alfa. Decal Google Drive
2. Download Photoshop if needed. A free CS2 version can be acquired through Adobe. Adobe Photoshop CS2
3. Open one PSD page file at a time and using photoshop turn on and off the layers by clicking on the eye next to the image on the right column
4. The files are typically on a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet, and the individual images have their sizing embedded (unless noted with the file name as deviated).
5. Print on Inkjet vinyl. I used an Avery IPM 2500 white inkjet vinyl
6. Cut the individual decals from the sheet leaving white border margin for handling
7. While keeping the decal face clean of lint and dust, laminate with 5 year clear vinyl. Start at one end and carefully roll the clear across the printed surface keeping bubbles from being trapped. I used a generic 5 year clear laminate
8. Be sure to press any air bubbles from behind the laminate.
9. These can be heat cured if desired in the oven at around 140 degrees or less for a few minutes to make them immediately pop, but not necessary.
10. Cut to the appropriate shape. Guillotine style cutter would come in handy along with a good pair of scissors. Some are squared off, some are rounded corners. Some have white margin. Refer to your originals.

There are some decals that must be printed on clear vinyl and laminated, and adheared to chrome vinyl. Examples include the FISPA decals, the alternator decals, some coil decals, etc. Some decals have to be printed mirrored on clear, then laminated with white vinyl. An example is the Aria Condizionata decal. These are not included in the PSD pages for the individual models. Rather, they are accessible in individual folders as files for printing as 6"x 4" size vinyl.

Any questions or requests for additional files, pop me an email at jmduncan01 at aol dot com. PM won't work as I am well over my PM limit. I will be working on a late 60s file to accommodate the Duetto/Spider and Stepnose. Please do not make modifications to the files on the drive, and do not add new files to the drive. Just pop me with needed changes and additions.

If you are utilizing the files, I do have one request, pay it forward. Might be a gift for a child that otherwise wouldn't get one, turning a wrench for an Alfa buddy who doesn't need to be turning wrenches, do something of your own creation....as sappy as it sounds...making the world a little bit better place. It would be great to see your posts on this thread with what you did to pay it forward. With that said, enjoy and Happy Holidays! :D

Best Regards,
John M

PS. Photo of the latest addition (but I think I would trade her for a 4C Spider! :O)
 

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Welp, there goes my beer money. :surprise:

Thanks for sharing, John. There have been a lot of folks who have been looking for stickers since you disappeared. Welcome back.
Thanks for the welcome back Brian. Glad to share. Is the drive working? And do you see the sub folders? And how many of my Alfas do I need to bring to Colorado to swap for your round tail? :D
 

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Now everyone the World Over can have fresh decals on there Alfa Romeos for these models - for the cost of printing . .

Thanks John M.
 

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Now everyone the World Over can have fresh decals on there Alfa Romeos for these models - for the cost of printing . .

Thanks John M.
Yes. That is the plan Budsy ole boy. Hope to see you at the XMAS party this Saturday at the Cooke's home!

If someone is looking for a decal that is not up, just send me the message via email and I will add it to a miscellaneous folder on the drive.
 

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Folks

I should also note, some of the decals that were silk screening (i.e. the 69 airbox or 69 fuel filter) are replicated by printing on waterslide, with a microdry Alps printer with opaque white and yellow over the white. The 69 fispa gas filter housing tag was a multilayer alps print with metallic gold and black over clear waterslide. The Defrost decal for a S1 spider dash was actually a clear vinyl printed on the Alps printer with opaque white. So these special decals will require special equipment that is capable of printing white, and layered printing at times. The waterslide decals are designed to be painted over to encapsulate them in clear. The waterslide decal material I utilize is from Tangopapa who specializes in scale train set decals. And I use an Avery clear vinyl for injet printers if doing a project requiring its use like the S1 spider defrost decal.
 

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Welcome back John!
 

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Nice to hear from you again John. It seems that blue is your favorite color in Ferraris...
 

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Thanks fellas. I hope your families are doing well and all the Alfas are shiny side up! :D

As far as the blue hues...I just think the color on those cars really sets them apart from the typical sea of Rosso. I've never been big on red. And after all, everything is blue and white in Kentucky! :D
 

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Thanks fellas. I hope your families are doing well and all the Alfas are shiny side up! :D

As far as the blue hues...I just think the color on those cars really sets them apart from the typical sea of Rosso. I've never been big on red. And after all, everything is blue and white in Kentucky! :D
Blue Alfas rule! Thank you so much for the files -- I'm nearing the finish line on my rebuild.
 

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Welcome! That looks sharp Rich. Looks like an 83 to 85 there. I like the color and the panos. The bipod dash always was the best for the Spider. I keep my fingers crossed that Alfa will someday spray some sort of blue pearl hue on a 4C Spider. If they did I think I would have to part ways with some vehicles and head down to the dealership. :D My favorite blue color is Azzurro. It is like a steel-ish medium blue metallic with a touch of pearl in the mixture. So she really pops depending on lighting....
 

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Welcome! That looks sharp Rich. Looks like an 83 to 85 there. I like the color and the panos. The bipod dash always was the best for the Spider. I keep my fingers crossed that Alfa will someday spray some sort of blue pearl hue on a 4C Spider. If they did I think I would have to part ways with some vehicles and head down to the dealership. :D My favorite blue color is Azzurro. It is like a steel-ish medium blue metallic with a touch of pearl in the mixture. So she really pops depending on lighting....
Thanks, John. I like the color on your Ferrari. My paint is supposed to be Porsche Graphite Blue Metallic (I don't think it came out exact). It has that touch of pearl in it, and the color looks very different depending on the lighting. Here's a comparison in direct sunlight and under fluorescent lights:
 

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Thanks, John. I like the color on your Ferrari. My paint is supposed to be Porsche Graphite Blue Metallic (I don't think it came out exact). It has that touch of pearl in it, and the color looks very different depending on the lighting. Here's a comparison in direct sunlight and under fluorescent lights:
Thank you! You are not kidding about yours. That has quite a bit shift there. I like the zender spoiler too!
 

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Please remember John boy; Blue is SLOWER that White !
You talking to me? Heh? YOU TALKING TO ME!?! SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE BLUE FRIEND!!!!

For old times................




And if you've gotten this far.... :D

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