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Kevin Provost

Empire 12" Coach Lantern - Decals Needed

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I got one of the Empire 12" Coach Lantern's finally a month or so ago, it needed a total rehab. I already stripped it and repainted it but am without decals for it. Even though the candle decals look alright, they were shot and I was only able to save one. The rest tore and crumbled. As you can see, the Seasons Greetings decals were a total loss, the font had eroded completely and the plastic had dirt under it along with wrinkling. I need help finding replacement decals for this and they need to be exact. They are made the same as the Empire choir singer eyes, clear plastic with the graphic printed on. The Seasons Greetings decal covers the entire plastic lantern pane of where it is, it's cut to fit that space exactly. the candle decal is just the shape of the candle and does not cover the lower lantern pane. I attached a picture of mine pre-strip and one of how it should look from a past eBay auction. Any help would be most appreciated.

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kinkos Take a digital picture of what you want and they can make it.they charged 5.00 to set up and 1.00 per page to print on decal sheets

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Another possibility for the lettering would be to use a product called Zippy Sign. They make press-on (not decal) letters in many different fonts and I remember using one similar to the font in the photo you posted. Here's the problem: I just googled them and I can't find them; they may be OOB. Dang. Another product lost to the computer age!

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Thanks, unfortunately I don't have a FedEx Office (formerly Kinko's) here. All I have is the UPS Store. That would be ideal though, great price too.

I do know the font for the lantern, after some searching under "Christmas fonts" I found it. It's Old English Text MT. I also have the font file, so if I find a place to do it I can give them the font on a CD if they don't have it.

I actually did go to a small local business called the Sign Shop, but their service was terrible. I waited for a couple weeks and they never did the job. They kept telling me "we'll get to it tomorrow" when I'd call. I found out that a lot of other customers weren't happy with them either. One guy walked out on them when I was there collecting my files to take back.

So if anyone has any other possibilities, that would be wonderful. Thanks for the help everyone!

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