View Full Version : Proper Use of Decals

Mike Minnillo
04-24-2007, 02:02 PM
Recently, there was a chop posted that violated several rules of decal placement. in this guide, i hope to guide new choppers (and slightly more experience, too) about the proper use of using decals. i am NOT going to tell you how to put decals or other graphics on your chop. what i will be discussing is how to correctly select the decals to put on your chop. theres going to be a lot of reading, so grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable.

first, here is the chop that i refered to at the beginning. image is used with permission, of course.

now, we will look at the different problems of decal placement on this chop.

decal vs. car make agreement.

first is the comptech decal. comptech is a company that exclusivly makes parts for honda and acura cars. not nissan. if you, as a chopper, plan on adding decals to your chops, you MUST do research to make sure that the decal you place is for a company that does, in fact, make products for the car. if you are unsure, a very easy way to do this is to do a quick google search for the company in question. once you find the company's website, there will usually be a link to a page labeled "product applications", or something similar. if you do not see even the make of the car youre using, then just skip the decal that youre wanting to use.

second and third are issues of brand of decals vs. actual brand of part placements. second being the rays engineering decal. rays engineering is a wheel manufacturer, whereas clearly the wheels on the car are made by BBS. third is the addition of the recaro decal. the chopper also has a sparco decal on the car, and both sparco and recaro are seat manufacturers. the sparco decal is ok, because the artist obviously put sparco seats in the car, but he can get rid of the recaro decal.

lastly is an issue of decal placement vs. actual product application. case in point being the NOS decal. with the way he designed this chop, he were clearly aiming for a track/drift setup of the car. in such a situation, there would be no need for a nitrous oxide system. the only other possible NOS product used in this situation would be a nitrous oxide intercooler spray bar kit, which is clearly not on this car.

so to the newer choppers out there, pay attention to these 3 cases of decal problems; decal vs. car make, decal brand vs. actual installed part brand, and lastly, decal vs. whether or not a product by that company is actually installed at all. if you can make sure all your decals work with the car you have, and can make the decals look real on the car, then youre all set!

for a good set of decals, use this compilation, put together by .:ace:.

happy chopping, everybody!

P.S. this is my first tutorial. let me know what you think.

04-24-2007, 03:49 PM

04-24-2007, 05:25 PM
Agreed Mike, very nice post. I was almost compelled to do the same thing, but, ehh, ya know..haha..well this will help out many people

04-24-2007, 06:13 PM
I heard that decals add 50 hp per sticker.

is this true mike?

Mike Minnillo
04-24-2007, 06:27 PM
after dyno testing, it actually came out to about 43.6 whp per sticker. unfortunately, they all have to be different stickers. duplicates dont add any power.

04-24-2007, 06:48 PM
cool that gives Wildman +174.4 HP...how much does the cardboard box give you? it says VTEC

Mike Minnillo
04-24-2007, 07:53 PM
last time i checked, cardboard is 2 whp per square foot, and a vtec badge is about 67 whp. wildman's blazer is starting to push enzo hp. no wonder he needs the wing.

04-24-2007, 07:59 PM
how about the fart cannons...they must be ultra and the fat chick gives extra downforce to the rear wheels.

04-24-2007, 08:27 PM
how about the fart cannons...they must be ultra and the fat chick gives extra downforce to the rear wheels.

fart cannons are 112 hp apeice easily, plus i gots da chromez tailzlightz foo, so thats easily another 19.7 hp and an extra 20 points to my gangster status

04-24-2007, 10:20 PM
i love how elmafiso brings that sig up in every possible situation... way to be a sore winner

Da Choppa
09-24-2007, 08:27 AM
im a hard core race fan and sometimes cars put brands on cars like LG when you aren't going to put a TV or computer in a race car, or cola, or nos, you do not need to have the product in the car to advertise it.
but the first two arguments are completely correct

Mike Minnillo
03-22-2008, 12:52 PM
that is what is known as sponsorship. i know this guy is banned, but its a good point to bring up. NOS is now kind of a tricky decal to use because the energy drink and the nitrous system share the same logo.

03-24-2008, 09:10 AM
How about this?

Eliminate rice, eliminate decals!

Clean bodies FTW!


Mike Minnillo
03-24-2008, 01:03 PM
hey, now...ive got decals on my car, and its euro, not rice.