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Teeny Tiny Decals
Posted by 1940fORD on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:40 PM

Trying to put a teeny tiny radio decal on a 1940 ford dashboard. My old stubby fingers don't work as well as they did a few(?) years ago. 

Have tried using tweezers with some success, but still difficult. Any help is appreciated. 

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Posted by OldTallDad on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:51 PM

Try having the decal in place before you slide the backing paper off. If necessary, trim the decal very close to the edge before you moisten it.

After moistening the decal, position it, and (lightly) place straight pin (or other pointed device) on the decal, holding the film while you slide the backing paper out.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:03 PM

Try using a pair of tweezers more often and keep using them until you get use to using them.

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:12 PM

I use a small paintbrush. I "float" the decal in a drop of water, while the decal is still on the backing paper. I then dip the paintbrush into the drop of water, and "Skim" the decal off the paper. Then it's just a matter of posistioning the decal where you need it.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...







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Posted by High octane on Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:55 PM

I use tweezers to hold the decal while soaking it in water, then I position the decal as close as I can to the spot where I want it and slide it off the decal paper with a toothpick.

High octane

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Posted by 195X on Friday, October 26, 2018 3:29 PM
I use LittleTimmy's method as well, even when not doing gage's. Keep the paint brush wet while positioning the decal, then wipe the brush dry or switch brushes to wick away excess water once it's in position. This method can pull glue from the decal as well if you work at it too long. Micro scale decal set is recommended.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, October 26, 2018 4:54 PM

Thank you. 

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Posted by 1940fORD on Friday, October 26, 2018 4:57 PM

Thank you all. 

My question had a error. The radio is printed on regular paper, it is not a decal and the seller suggests using white glue. Sorry for the misleading. 


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