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Water slide decals
Posted by Calmo2 on Sunday, April 16, 2017 7:45 PM

Hello; Not sure if this is the right place for this question but here goes. I am building a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge like the one I used to own. The problem is that I have purchased all the decals for it but the cheeck decals over the wheel wells is a 3 part decal. Now, can anyone out there tell me how I can put the second decal over top of the first and then put the third decal over top of the first two without scewing up the bottom decals? Any help would be greatley appreciated. Thanks. George.

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Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 16, 2017 7:48 PM

Sounds like an old set of Fred Cady decals.

Apply the first (bottom) decal then let it dry completely. Then apply the next decal and let it dry completely. Then the next one, and so on until the top decal is in place.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by Calmo2 on Monday, April 17, 2017 1:57 PM

Thanks Bainford: After I put the first decal on, how long would you recommend I wait for the decal to completely dry? And when putting on the second and third do you put a light mist of water on the dried decal or just put the wet decal over the dried decal. Thanks again.

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 17, 2017 5:17 PM

I would say at least 3-4 hours with good drying conditions, but be your own judge on this. Rushing it may risk screwing things up. Personally I would wait at least 10-12 hrs or overnight with good warm ventilation just to be sure. Waiting longer won't hurt.

But once the first decal is completely dry, wetting it to prepare for the second decal won't hurt it. You could mist it with water or apply a bit of setting solution. If you have to 'work' the decal a bit to get it to lay down or use decal solvent, keep an eye on the first decal to ensure it isn't beginning to loosen.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by Calmo2 on Monday, April 17, 2017 7:52 PM

Thanks again Bainford. Just one more question if you don't mind. I have "Micro Sol". Is that what you mean by decal solvent? Would you recomend using this or just use plain water for the second and third decals after making sure that they are completlet dry between decals? Thanks again for all the help. PS. As you can tell I am just getting back into this after about 40 years. Every thing has changed since then!!!!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 17, 2017 10:03 PM

You are quite welcome.

Yes, Micro Sol is decal solvent. If the decal will lay down well without using the decal solvent, I think I would avoid using it and stick to just warm water. The decal solvent will soften the decal and cause it to swell a bit, sometimes causing it to wrinkle. Wrinkles are usually ok, they will disappear when the decal dries, but there may be complications when layering decals. It may be perfectly OK, but I think I would play safe if you can. If you have to use solvent, I would go sparingly and 'work' the decal as little as possible.

Yes, much has changed in the last couple of decades. There seems to be so much available in the way of kits, parts, & accessories, tools & supplies, and so much information readily available in the way of tips and techniques. There is more than you can keep on top of. Kind of overwhelming at times.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Calmo2 on Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:53 PM

Thanks Bainford; I think I will wait a good 12 to 24 hours before puting on the next decal over the last. I am puting on cheek fender decals on my GTO Judge and the are pretty fine little long oval stipes so I think I will just try some warm water. I ordered some Microscale Micro Set and is this a solvent to, or just a setting solution? Thanks again!!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:48 PM

I believe the Mocro Set is just a setting solution, not a solvent. Its purpose is to prepare the surface before a decal is applied. I use it sometimes, but to be honest I have not noticed any difference.

Micro Sol on the other hand is a solvent used after the decal has been applied to the surface and is still wet. It can be very effective, though I am told that some decals react badly to it. I have not had any problems, but I can see how it might be trouble on a delicate decal.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Calmo2 on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:11 PM

Thanks. The decals I got come in two diffrent colors so I might try the Micro Set with the color decals that is the other color on a scrap peice of plastic to see how well it works! If I have trouble with it I will just go with your advice and just use water and let it dry at least 24 hours between colors. Thanks again for all the advice.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 24, 2017 5:10 PM

No Problem Calmo. I hope it all turns out well.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Calmo2 on Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:58 AM

Hello Trevor; I bought a set of "Keith Marks" decals and they are great decals. His cheeck decals are a one piece decal which solved all my decal problems!!! Thanks again for your help. George.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:33 PM

You're welcome George. I'm glad it worked out. Cheers.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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