How to Make Decals for Fishing Rod Blanks

How to Make Decals for Fishing Rod Blanks
Decals are commonly used by rod makers and manufacturers to identify the finished product with a company or individual. Logos and other information, including length, lure weight and line test size recommendations, are often noted by decals. However, rod decals can also be used to personally customize a rod for identification purposes or to indicate the rod was given as a gift or presentation. Making a decal is a fairly simple process requiring only a few steps to achieve a professional custom look.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer and graphics software
  • Decal paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Nail polish or epoxy (clear)
  • Hobby paintbrush
Step 1
Access a computer with graphics design software. Easy to use graphics programs such as Paint are commonly installed on many computers when purchased. Such installed graphics software is typically easy to learn and use.
Step 2
Determine the type of decal to be designed. Take into consideration graphics and print and how they will appear when reduced in size. Avoid using complicated and highly detailed graphics as they may not be visible at a smaller size. Use easy-to-read and recognize fonts.
Step 3
Reduce the size of the graphics and print so they will fit on the rod blank. Print a test copy of the decal on plain paper. Hold the printed decal on the rod blank as a test to see if it will fit. Make further adjustments to size, if necessary, until the decal fits and is still legible.
Step 4
Place sticker paper into the printer. Using sticker paper will allow you to place the sticker on the blank and have it held in place while you work. Print several decals on one sheet as they will be small and this will give you extra copies to work with.
Step 5
Cut out the decal with sharp scissors. Trim as close to the graphics and font as possible. This may be necessary for it to fit on the rod blank.
Step 6
Peel the backing off the decal and place it in position on the rod blank. Apply a coat of clear nail polish or epoxy so that it completely covers the decal and overlaps onto the rod. Place the rod in a warm and dry location and allow the nail polish or epoxy to dry and cure completely before handling.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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