I finally got around to installing some "Jeep" decals. Here's a before photo of the infamous "Joop" one one side:
Upon closer inspection, you can see the problems with the paint on the letters:
Clearly the surface needed help before applying the stickers.
Since my worn-out paint job is covered with Meguiar's wax, I figured it would not be smart to apply the new stickers directly over that. I was about to break out the rubbing compound, but I figured that 600 grit sandpaper would be faster and easier to control.
Here's the surface after sanding. You can start to see the original lettering show through the poor quality previous owner paint job:
Here's the other side after sanding:
The decals are tricky to work with. If you have installed a "www.jeepforum.com" decal, they're just like that: They're stuck to a backing paper, but also have paper stuck to the top.
Here's the front and back:
The first trick is to cut away the paper close to the edges of the letters. This helps you see the position of the letters in relation to the position of where they need to be on the Jeep:
After sanding and cleaning the surface of dust, I was ready to go. Here we see the backing peeled away from the first letter. I applied one letter at a time because the letters were spaced just slightly too close together.
Here is the letter applied to the surface. After it sticks on, but before removing the paper, rub it with a clean rag to press it on firmly:
After pressing it on, then slowly peel the paper off, pulling it at a sharp angle (ie: directly down), so that the paper peels off but leaves the sticker behind:
Here are both sides completed:
Another small project has been completed. These decals may not have a long-term life if the CJ gets repainted in the future, but I thought it was a cheap and important improvement that breaths a bit of life back into the CJ.