Blakbird, on May 28 2009, 01:01 AM, said:
I've had an endless array of issues with stickers as well. For instance, look at these heartbreaking pictures of my Williams F-1 Racer:
This happened within a couple of months. It is easy to recommend just getting another sticker sheet, but for a set like this the stickers alone can be $75. Blue and white seem to be the worst, as you can see. The white stickers on my UCS Blockade Runner have completely disintegrated. My 1:8 F-1 Ferrari is peeling too, but only the white. The red seems OK. On sets like this Williams racer, the stickers are a huge part of the look of the model and now it just looks awful.
I have sets that are 30 years old with stickers which are fine. The crappiness seems limited to a few years in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Sets from this era with black stickers seem to have no problem.
The real oddity is that I store my LEGO in a room with no outside light, so UV should really not be an issue. Yet the issue is clearly related to light because I found that the side which faced the wall looked much better.
You can bet that if I ever get my hands on another sticker sheet for the Williams car, I will be putting a clear coat of polyurethane on it. I've considered making my own set of stickers by tracing the original in a vector graphics program, but so far I have not had time.
I am in the exact same predicament with my beloved Williams F1 racer :(
And coincidentally, because I've got no where to display it because of its size, I leave it in a shelf inside my closet. There's definitely no UV getting to it at all.
Tomahawker, on Jun 2 2009, 08:36 AM, said:
Their is a decent quality .JPG of the sticker sheet for this set at http://www.hccamster...kkers/index.htm
It may not be as good as the original, but it would be better than the current ones. It's a shame a beautiful set like that was ruined by such poor quality stickers.
Thanks for the tip for the sticker sheet!
BryanKinkel, on May 28 2009, 09:26 AM, said:
I actually scan the stickers at 300 DPI and save them as a TIFF file. I use a file naming system of XXXX-set_name.tiff where XXXX is the set number.
I then print the stickers on Avery whole sheet clear sticker paper. I use an HP photo printer at the highest quality setting. The reproduction stickers look pretty good. There is a problem when the sticker contains a lot of white. Most ink jet printers print using a variety of tri-color ink cartridges and cannot print the color "white". So white areas on the sticker end up being clear when printed on transparent sticker paper.
But this allows me to save the original stickers and print new ones when needed.
wow .. anal retentive ........... and I like that!
I'm going to have to start doing that too. Aside from the Williams F1 racer above, I've got a few other technic sets which are giving me problems. The stickers that are applied to the curved plates start to peel the quickest.
Edited by j3tang, 11 January 2010 - 07:17 PM.