Okay, so in my Bolens 850 "restoration" (I use that term loosely since I'm not doing a full, complete restoration but rather just fixing up some of the worst areas on the tractor...), I am going to need new decals to put on my (hopefully soon to be) freshly painted hood. I am kind of conflicted (or, rather, confused?) as to where I should get them from. I have seen a few decal sets on eBay, but I'm pretty sure they are listed by the same guy that owns Vintage Reproductions. But I am basically down to two companies that make Bolens 850 decals. There may be a few others I'm not aware of either. Here are the two I am considering:
Has anyone on here (even if they're not Bolens guys) had any experiences with either of these companies (or anyplace else for that matter) that can help me make a more informed decision? To be honest, Maple Hunter has the best prices, hands down. A Bolens 850 decal set from them is $34! http://maplehunterde.../bolens850.aspx
However, I am not sure if it is of inferior quality for that price or not. The same decal set from Vintage Reproductions costs a whopping $72! http://www.clickitan...-decal-set.html
Why then is there such a price disparity between the two? This leads me to believe perhaps that the more expensive one is of better quality, but that might not necessarily be the case. Also, perhaps Maple Hunter charges more for shipping? I'm not sure, hence why I could use the help deciding. Might as well learn from other people's experiences with restoring these old Bolens'.
My secondary question to this as well is - how hard is it to get these decals on correctly? Are they tricky to get lined up perfectly, especially the headlight sticker on the hood? Is there any trick to getting them on right or are they literally just peel and stick (like a bumper sticker)? There's no tricky soaking them in water or some special application kit I need to buy, is there?
Thanks in advance!!!
Edited by MailmAn, July 11, 2012 - 11:36 AM.