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..Gumball sizes for Spyder

Postby condor » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:22 pm

...I have a Vintage Spyder and I am thinking of applying three racing gumballs on it. What is the size normally used. I will have two for the door and one for the front.It seems I have seen pictures of Spyders with what appears to be a smaller one in the front and slightly offset. This is the combination I like.As always any help is appreciated.

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Postby tmpusfugit » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:05 am

I used static cling gumballs and did not want to cut them, so they ended up looking like this. If I were to do it again I would place the gumballs lower on the car and cut them at the doorline so they look more proper...the way I did it did not look \"good\" in my opinion. I centered the meatball on the hood....
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Postby condor » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:57 am

......Nice what size are they.

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Postby tmpusfugit » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:20 am

condor wrote:......Nice what size are they.

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Sorry, I don't know off the top of my head, I don't own the car any more. Measure from the bottom of the door to within an inch or so of the top of the door...that would be the diameter of the "roundrel" that I used.

check http://www.racesignspecialists.com/vehi ... _logos.htm
for all sorts of static cling logos and numbers and the like
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Postby Goofycat » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:09 am

The size is entirely personal. I now use 16\" on the doors and 17\" on the hood and clamshell. You can go larger on the hood and clamshell, but if you want to go over 16\" on the doors, you will probably end up having to split the gumballs (or \"meatballs,\" if you prefer). I have tried a few combinations of numbers and vinyl backgrounds, but have found that black numbers over white backgrounds work better than vice-versa due to differences in the way they are laminated. (If you go with white numbers over a darker rondelle, the white part wants to wrinkle, and it is more difficult to get a bubble-free installation onto the painted car surface).

Check out the archives (enter these search keywords: gumballs, meatballs, numbers) for more information. I have used Gochecker and have been more than satisfied. I like their website, and especially the honesty of Brent, the owner. He will bend over backward to please you, and you benefit from talking to the guy who does the work and who is a good communicator. His prices are in the middle of the pack, and the quality is top-notch. I once tried another less-expensive company, but the product was garbage.

http://www.gochecker.com/
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Postby condor » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:54 pm

.......I just ordered three 20\" gumballs from fibersteel and a set of pegasus decals. Now I just need some tips on installing the gumballs so as to not mess them up. Your help as always is appreciated.

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Postby Goofycat » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:57 pm

Wet a large sponge or small towel with plain water, and pat the wet sponge/towel onto the paint and onto the back of the meatball to dampen both surfaces. Place the meatball where you want it. Then use a softish paint scraper you can buy at a paint store---these have a flat blade to get out the bubbles. Or, ask Russ if he supplies one. You can also use a moist towel to rub across the plastic surface. Experiment a little; it's hard to make a mistake, and if you do, you can just peel off the meatball and start over.

Russ might stock the plastic bubble-remover gizmo, but try also to use a moist towel to remove the bubbles without damaging the plastic. It's hard to make a mistake.

One set of instructions I have recommends adding a few drops of dish soap to the water, but I have done it with plain water and with the soap added. I found that it made no difference. I ended up just running the meatball under a faucet to get it wet, slopped some water onto the paint and then removed any bubbles.
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Postby condor » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:27 am

.....Goofycat thank you for your response and info. I have purchased the gumballs from fibersteel and they are enroute. I found some real good youtube videos on how to install vinyl graphics on your car. I will have to cut the the lower end of the door decals because it extends past the bottom but I don't think I will have a problem doing this. Once I have them all placed I will post a picture of my endeaver if I can figure out how to do so. Thanks again for you help.

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Postby Natano » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:57 am

I think mine are in the 19\" range
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Postby Goofycat » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:36 pm

Berry, I know that Fibersteel offers good products. Their gumballs don't have the stark white bacground vinyl like the ones I have. Theirs has more of an antique background. Very nice! By all means, please post pictures after you get them installed.
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