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« on: July 04, 2012 01:51:13 PM »

I recently bought a used Toyota Yaris in bright blue. I'd like to make a silver magnetic thing to stick to my car that says "Tardis" in the Yaris font. I don't want a sticker because I want to be able to take it off. A former swap partner had used shrinky dinks and painted them silver, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a different way to achieve it, especially since the shrinky dinks would be flat and I'd like to make it look as much like the Yaris name on the car as possible.
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012 02:26:00 AM »

Avery makes printable magnet sheets, but I don't know if they'd be strong enough not to blow off while driving...
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012 05:54:57 AM »

Alright, I think I know how to make what you want, but it might be a bit complicated.

Since the logos and lettering are slightly raised and the decals are not paint or stickers it's going to require that the replacement decals are also raised.
What I'm going to suggest is casting your decals out of either a fiberglass resin or similar (2 part epoxy resin will work as well).
The first part is going to be where you need to pay the most attention, you need to design and cut the lettering from a material that is raised, bondo, closed foam (like the craft stuff from Michaels), wax, or anything else that you can manipulate well enough to make your positive mold from.
Personally I would do most of the design out of bondo and foam as I have plenty of experience working with them, work with what you're comfortable.
Once you have your positive design done you need to cast a good negative from it, plaster is ok, but since your design is likely to be kinda complex I would look for a more flexible medium for the mold, probably silicone or urathane rubber (like this one here).
Once you have your mold you will need to apply a release agent, then your casting material.

If you would like to know more please feel free to ask.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012 05:57:59 AM »

Oh, forgot the most important part. The metal look, you mix aluminum, chrome, or other metal powder with your casting resin, the finer the powder, the more metal like it will look.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012 08:57:19 AM »

Alright, I think I know how to make what you want, but it might be a bit complicated.

Since the logos and lettering are slightly raised and the decals are not paint or stickers it's going to require that the replacement decals are also raised.
What I'm going to suggest is casting your decals out of either a fiberglass resin or similar (2 part epoxy resin will work as well).
The first part is going to be where you need to pay the most attention, you need to design and cut the lettering from a material that is raised, bondo, closed foam (like the craft stuff from Michaels), wax, or anything else that you can manipulate well enough to make your positive mold from.
Personally I would do most of the design out of bondo and foam as I have plenty of experience working with them, work with what you're comfortable.
Once you have your positive design done you need to cast a good negative from it, plaster is ok, but since your design is likely to be kinda complex I would look for a more flexible medium for the mold, probably silicone or urathane rubber (like this one here).
Once you have your mold you will need to apply a release agent, then your casting material.

If you would like to know more please feel free to ask.

Thanks, that sounds like it might produce the best result. I will see about that and ask if I have any questions.
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012 07:42:55 AM »

I'm going to be very curious about how this turns out, I'll be looking forward to seeing your results.
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