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I bundled this with an online order that includes a couple of preorders, so it won't be here for a couple of weeks -- but when it arrives, I want to get the stickers right.

Are there any common pitfalls to avoid? Tips from stickering veterans? Or am I overthinking this?
 
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Like everything else in life, practice makes perfect. I use tweezers, holding a corner of the sticker till I square it up with the block, then press down one corner to fix it and smooth from there. After a dozen or so it will be automatic....although that does not make it go all that much faster. For double sided blocks, you must get in the habit of turning the block over the same way each time to ensure that the "top" of the block stays oriented the same direction for each side. Good luck!
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Good tips -- thank you! I would probably have just used my fat fingers, but now I think tweezers sound like a much better approach.
 
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The other thing that I've noticed is that with the Columbia stickers for their block games, they will slide a bit after applied. So if one is off center, I don't try to peel it up and replace it. I just apply pressure with my thumb and slide it a bit to center it.
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Neat! That's really good to know -- thanks!
 
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Martin Ralya wrote:
Good tips -- thank you! I would probably have just used my fat fingers, but now I think tweezers sound like a much better approach.


I peel the sticker by bending the sticker-sheet and keep it between my fingers (my fingers touch the sides of the sticker). You have to apply the correct amount of pressure so the sticker doesn't bend or in the worst case, slip from your fingers!

I place it lightly on the block so i can move it and when in place i push it down using a tissue.

I applied hundreds of stickers that way without ruining a single one.

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GeoMan wrote:
I peel the sticker by bending the sticker-sheet and keep it between my fingers (my fingers touch the sides of the sticker). You have to apply the correct amount of pressure so the sticker doesn't bend or in the worst case, slip from your fingers!

I place it lightly on the block so i can move it and when in place i push it down using a tissue.


I'm not sure I'm dextrous enough for this method, but I can visualize it in my head. Thanks for sharing!

What's the tissue for?
 
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I use fingers. The key for me is to ensure the sticker is centralised before applying pressure to stick it to the block. I do this by checking the gap between the edge of the sticker and the edge of the block. For some games this is quite big (say 1mm to 2mm), for Sekigahara I recall it was smaller (I stickered it a few months ago).

I only fully press the sticker home when I'm happy it's centralised. As previous posters have noted after a few blocks it becomes second nature.

I keep a scalpel handy as if I do mess up a block (i.e. it goes on crooked or too much to one side) I can slide a scalpel under a corner to work the sticker loose without damaging it before re-applying.

I've been stickering game blocks since the late eighties (Columbia's Rommel in the Desert was my first IIRC) and have yet to have one come off - put them on straight, press them down hard to secure then forget.
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Another tip is if there is any noticeable blemish on the block---
Put the sticker on the blemish side or make it so the blemish will go on the bottom.
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I applied these stickers, while riding in a car, on a bumpy road! Mine turned out good and what's more...the color of the blocks is forgiving when it comes to sekigahara and the stickers on them! I went slow and did one at a time but I have a steady hand.

that's not advice...but just sayin' ; D

good luck!
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It seems like a funny thing to want tips for, but I appreciate them! I feel much more confident that I won't fuck my copy up horribly when it arrives -- thank you all for your help.
 
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Martin Ralya wrote:
What's the tissue for?


Drying your tears when you screw up the stickers on your $60.00 game ...
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