you can see the individual brick behind the inkjet decal...
These waterslip decals dry white, as you can see by the Tobacco text. And with just a bit of gentle weathering with a piece of steel wool you can take some of the inkjet decal color off. We did this step with the man's hand in order to see more of the brick through the decal.
This Inkjet Decal Package includes Five full-sized sheets of 8.5" x 11" specially treated water-slip decal paper
The only thing you need to buy! No over spray, no top coat, just these sheets of decal paper.
How to Apply a Decal
Iíve printed my decals and I will wait and allow the ink to dry half an hour to an hour. Then
Iím going to cut out my decal. I want to cut as close as possible to the edges, so that
there will noy be any white showing once the decal is applied.
I have my cut out decal. Iím going to set the rest of my designs on this sheet aside. You want to
keep these dry until youíre ready to use them.
I have a small dish of water here and I put
the decal in. Make sure to get the back wet. Youíll notice that the decal curls up. When
the backing uncurls itís ready to be water slipped. So Iím going to just wait for the
backing to uncurl.
Now the decal is uncurled. Itís ready to slip off its backing. Iím going to locate the decal on my building, then remove the backing. While itís wet like this I can
move it around a little bit if necessary to get the right position.
Now, I want to press on the decal to try to get
good adhesion and make sure that it adheres to the brick, so you can see the bricks
through it. Youíll notice that the decal is clear when itís wet, but it will dry white.
Ok. Now I have my applied decal.
How to Soften a Decal
I have my decal applied, but sometimes a corner or two can lift up a little bit and also, I want to
make sure that I get the decal really down into the seams between each brick. So how I do that is with a decal
softening solution. We like to use regular lighter fluid. Itís actually Naphtha. Naptha
is also used in furniture cleaning, shoe polish, camera lens cleaners, gunk remover and lots of other commercial product. Just put a
little bit of lighter fluid onto your paper towel and press down with the lighter fluid on
Depending on the surface that youíre apply to and depending on the look you want, you
can actually do this step, oh, several times Ė up to eight times or so. After that youíre
going to start to have decal coming off.
Press down again and now I can see that I have more brick
showing through and more adhesion to the brick. So Iíll let that dry and then Iíll repeat
those steps a few more times.
Iíve now applied several coats of solvent and if you look closely you can see that the
bricks are really showing with good definition, the decal has really softened nicely!.
Select your designs, you can use any design that you have on your computer, or use our Amerian Ads or Graffiti
Place this decal paper in your inkjet printer with white-side toward your printer
Print your designs and wait one hour for the ink to dry.
Cut out your Decals. SAVE the unprinted portion of your Decal Paper for later use.
Put a few drops of water onto your decals making sure to get it all wet. The decal will curl up, then after a few moments it will uncurl
When the decal uncurls, it is ready to separate from its paper backing and use!
Place your new decal onto your building, rolling stock, die casts, or structures.
Press down on the decal while it dries to ensure a close adhesion
Use a decal softener, In our testing, Cigarette Lighter Fluid works best to melt the decal onto uneven surfaces such as building brickwork and boxcar ribs.
How to Age your Decal
Now, this building is an older building. Itís been painted to look kind of worn and this
decal looks a little too fresh.
So, another thing that you can do with this decal is weather
it by taking just a little bit of fine steel wool and paying very, close attention to what
you are doing take just a little bit of the decal off. I can make more brick show
through and actually get a more classic, older decal.
Now I have an aged decal. If I wanted to, I could also do some stains and further weathering with chalk or watered down acrylics.
How to Clear the Decal
Depending on your project, there may be times when you want to have a clear decal
instead of have the white showing. In that case, the easiest thing we have found to do
that is Canola Oil. So you want to put a little Canola Oil in a dish and then just apply
with a paper towel or paintbrush and the oil will actually turn the decal clear.
One thing to be aware of when youíre turning your decal clear is that the color might not
be as vibrant as it allows some of the underneath color to show through, so with
experimental techniques, we do recommend that you test on something similar color than
on your model.
With the oil application, this decal will dry clear. You may notice that the oil turns your
decal a little bit shiny, so you can blot lightly to remove some of the oil, but you donít
want to turn your decal back to white.
Also, at this point you can lightly spray or paint on a dull coat, such as Testor's or Krylon to
make your decal more matte finish.
" I use decals on all of my buildings. I've tried several kinds of Decals, and yours are by far the best I've used."
== Donna, Trainy Day Hobbies
With nearly 40-years experience as a small-scale model maker, I'm VERY impressed with this product! Easiest to use and consistent best results if you follow the directions. Thanks, Model Train Software, for making it available!