Over the summer, I picked up an old retrobike, a 1986 Ross Mt Hood. The frame is CrMo, with a chrome finish and many of the decals were a mess. I had an artist do the artwork, and recently got the decals back from a printer. They are printed on a clear plastic/vinyl sheet.
The problem is that when I put them on the bike frame, portions of the clear backing appears cloudy underneath. It seems that the decal isn't fully in contact with the frame. I'm applying them with liquid (I have tried Windex and rubbing alcohol) on the frame first, followed by using a plastic body putty spreader to smooth them.
What am I doing wrong?
Frustratingly, when I removed the first original decal, I found that they were not on a clear backing, but a chrome silver plastic.