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Replacing Ramp Decals Replacing Ramp Decals Hot

With a couple of cheap tools and some adhesive tape it's easy to migrate your ramp decals to a new ramp.  In Image 1 in the Image Gallery you can see the original ramp from a Hook pinball with a large chunk missing.

Sidenote: The right ramp was in the same condition and upon looking closer I found someone had installed over-powered flipper coils.  Brilliant!

Along with an X-Acto or sharp knife you will need a bray (used to roll out ink) or a wallpaper seam roller.  You can use a plastic putty knife instead, but I prefer the rollers.  You will also need some 3M 467MP (available at Pinrestore.com) double-sided adhesive tape and a heat gun or Goo-Gone.

Note: You can get the bray at most craft stores and the wallpaper roller at a hardware store.

While you can use Goo-Gone to remove the old decal, I prefer a heat gun set on it's lowest setting.  Increase the temperature slightly if needed (my variable gun was set at 200 degrees).  I find the heat gun works a lot faster than adhesive remover and I have never torn a decal using this method.

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Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals
Replacing Ramp Decals

In Image 2 you can see the heat gun placed on the side of the ramp with no decal.  Start at one end, peel up a corner of the decal, and progress slowly  lifting away the decal.  You do not have to pull very hard if you have the right temperature on the heat gun.

Use Goo-Gone and your finger or a plastic razor blade to remove any excess adhesive from the decal.

Place one end of the decal, pretty side down, on the 3M tape and slowly roll it onto the tape using a wallpaper seam roller (see Image 3 and 4).  Go slowly to prevent getting air bubbles between the tape and decal. The seam roller works well for this since you can avoid the portion of the adhesive not covered by the decal.

Trim around the decal and then peel back and cut off a small piece of the backing on the adhesive tape (see Image 5).  Carefully place the decal on the ramp.  Since there's a slight curve to the adhesive after coming off the roll, you can usually place the decal flat on the surface and adjust the position.

Once positioned, press down on the portion you previously exposed so the decal adheres to the ramp.  Fold back the decal/adhesive and peel off a little more of the backing (see Image 6).  Slowly press down the decal (the adhesive backing will roll off automatically) using a bray, wallpaper roller or a plastic spatula (see Image 6 and 7).

Again, work slowly to prevent air bubbles.

In Image 8 you can see the applied decals and in Image 9 the completed ramp.