The technique you use to apply decals onto armor model is essential. If you did not do a good job, flaws will appear after the “weathering” process. Decals tend to adhere better on glossy surfaces as compare to flat surfaces. If you happen to apply decals directly to a flat painted model, tiny white air bubbles will appear under the clear decal film when it dries. To solve this problem, apply a patch of clear gloss varnish over the area before applying the decal. Another method is to paint the entire model with gloss paint followed by a final coat of matte varnish after all the decals have been applied.
Here is a brief guide to apply decals onto armor models:
1. The first step is to trim away excess clear film from the edges of the decal. This is to avoid the excess film from reappearing after weathering.
2. Immerse the decal in a bowl of clean water for around 30 to 60 seconds. The decal film will then begin to slowly detach from the paper backing.
3. Next, transfer the decal out of the clean water and leave it on a paper towel for a minute or so. This step is to remove excess water from the decal and allows the film adhesive to soften.
4. Pick up the decal by the backing sheet and place it against the model.
5. Use a wet cotton swab to press against the decal to keep it still and slowly slide the paper backing away. Always remember to slide the backing away instead of the decal itself. This is to prevent the decal from ripping or folding over on itself. Use a pair of tweezers to hold the paper backing for small decal.
6. Use your fingertips to dab the decal with water and gently adjust it on the model to achieve the exact location you desire.
7. Once you have finished aligned the decal, gently purge out any air bubbles trapped between the decal and the model using your fingertips. A good approach is to start from the center of the decal and press outward.
8. Remove excess water around the edges of the decal by using a dry cotton swab. Leave the decal to dry within 10 to 15 minutes and refrain from touching it.
Expert model builders like to use a decal setting solution when applying decals. Its function is to soften the decal film that will stretch and shrink onto the surface of the model once it dry. A very useful application, especially when the decals must be positioned over hinges for other raised detail.
Can someone assist me with a custom t-shirt decal question?
I am running Windows XP, Media Center Edition, Version 2002, Service pack 2, on a HP Pavilion a1230n. My printer is a Lexmark X2350. I am interested in making my own t-shirt transfers but I have heard that many on the market don’t hold up in the wash. What product is best, or what should I look for in a transfer before purchasing it. Thank You.
Any t-shirt made with an conventional ink-jet transfer will not last very long. If you want to go into the custom t-shirt business you will probably want to look into Silk-Screening.
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