My first disappointing "modification"!

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I haven't done any real modifications to my truck, just a few accessories and cosmetic touches. Inspired my many of the members here I have been pleasantly surprised and very happy with everything I have done up to this point. Until these Ford emblem vinyl stickers.

I think there were a few issues; including application error, sticker design, and manufacturing. I think the main problem is trying to apply a flat "sticker" to the convex factory emblem. Can't see how that would ever lay perfectly. Additionally, the "Ford" lettering on the vinyl does not align with the embossed "Ford" lettering on the emblem. Finally, it was very difficult to apply the sticker, getting it aligned and laying down flat proved to be beyond my abilities.

On a positive note, I was very pleased with the "gray" color of the oval. There is no "Cactus Gray" option listed and chose a color based off of the provided Pantone PMS colors provided. I work for a printing company, color is my life. However, I chose "Flat Black" for the lettering, maybe the gloss would have looked better with the grill.

The Princess thinks it looks pretty good from a distance, and that the average person would never notice the problems. But to a more discerning eye, it's probably not going to be good enough.

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I haven't done any real modifications to my truck, just a few accessories and cosmetic touches. Inspired my many of the members here I have been pleasantly surprised and very happy with everything I have done up to this point. Until these Ford emblem vinyl stickers.

I think there were a few issues; including application error, sticker design, and manufacturing. I think the main problem is trying to apply a flat "sticker" to the convex factory emblem. Can't see how that would ever lay perfectly. Additionally, the "Ford" lettering on the vinyl does not align with the embossed "Ford" lettering on the emblem. Finally, it was very difficult to apply the sticker, getting it aligned and laying down flat proved to be beyond my abilities.

On a positive note, I was very pleased with the "gray" color of the oval. There is no "Cactus Gray" option listed and chose a color based off of the provided Pantone PMS colors provided. I work for a printing company, color is my life. However, I chose "Flat Black" for the lettering, maybe the gloss would have looked better with the grill.

The Princess thinks it looks pretty good from a distance, and that the average person would never notice the problems. But to a more discerning eye, it's probably not going to be good enough.

FordOval_FrontView.jpg
FordOval_Close.jpg
FordOval_Emboss.jpg
FordOval_Wrinkles.jpg
Yeah that looks like garbage. I have the same ones on my truck and it looks amazing. I used a heat gun to apply. Unless you were right up on them, you couldn't tell they weren't factory.
 
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Yeah that looks like garbage. I have the same ones on my truck and it looks amazing. I used a heat gun to apply. Unless you were right up on them, you couldn't tell they weren't factory.
Where did you buy yours from?
 
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There’s only one way to deal with this….

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Anytime I am applying vinyl stickers like this I use a mild soap/water solution and mist the back of the applique and the surface it is going on. This allows the opportunity to better position the applique as well as work our all the bubbles and creases while it's still wet. Before doing that I had all sorts of issues with miss-alignments and creases like this.
 

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Do you know what specific supplier? That is also where I found mine but there are several vinyl manufacturers represented.
I don't remember brother. It was a while ago.
 
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There’s only one way to deal with this….

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Happy Landings. 😉
That's what I told the Princess. The truck was ruined, I couldn't stand to look at it anymore. In the past, I was accused of buying a new truck just because the old one got a flat tire!
 
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Anytime I am applying vinyl stickers like this I use a mild soap/water solution and mist the back of the applique and the surface it is going on. This allows the opportunity to better position the applique as well as work our all the bubbles and creases while it's still wet. Before doing that I had all sorts of issues with miss-alignments and creases like this.
That is how I applied the grill letters and they turned out well. The instructions for these ovals say not to do that, but to apply via the transfer tape. Might try that on the back.
 
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Had the same issue with mine. Wonder if we used the same seller?
Certainly is possible. I think the biggest issue here was with my application, so I intentionally didn't mention the specific seller. They have volunteered a replacement set and suggest I use these for practice. Happy with that at this point.
 
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