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Decals help

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    March 2013
Decals help
Posted by ditdah54 on Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:51 AM

I know it must be too much to explain here, but could you point me to a video? Say I have a decal that is any color but white and I want it to be white. How do I do it with inkjet printer and decal paper?

Thanks, Ed

  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:53 AM

Here's a relatively simple technique to create white decals without using a printer that actually can print white ink. You use white decal paper instead of clear decal paper.

I make may own decals and include them on most of my projects. I use inexpensive decal paper that I buy on eBay. I use a relatively cheap Canon inkjet printer so from a printing and paper point of view I'm not doing anything special.  I do my own design work using Photoshop.

A few years ago I did a rat rod for the theme table at BNNL West that year. I designed a speed shop logo for the car which was primarily white with black outlines. The art for the logo included a background which matched the body color of the car. Here's the basic art I drew up:

To apply the decal I carefully cut around the edges of the image as close and accurately as I could. The center areas of the logo were impossible to cut out because they were too small. This is where printing the matching body color for the background is used to simulate a clear decal. The white "ink" areas of the design are the white decal paper. Here's the decal applied to the car:

If you look carefully at the picture above you'll see the white decal paper edge along the top of the "Hippie Eye" text. This is a problem with white decal paper which is thicker than clear and sometimes shows along the edge. For this project it suited the rough look I was after, but sometimes it is best to leave a little extra width to the edge and then touch up any white which shows with a fine brush using the body color. Obviously it's worthwhile printing several test runs of your body color when developing your decal art to make sure you get a good color match.

There is a member here, Texwardfan, who is a master at this technique. Here's a picture of a model he did last year that is an example of his abilities. The basic car color is dark green.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by ditdah54 on Sunday, May 19, 2019 3:20 PM
Wow thanks.
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    May 2014
Posted by les.61 on Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:40 PM
Thanks for the info and photos. Great models both of them.
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 8:43 AM

Nice write-up Bedrnard, and very informative. Thanks.

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Posted by ditdah54 on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:53 AM

Bernard, please one further question. I would like to use stripes and some decals that were supplied with kit, but I would like to change them to white background, or change from gold to white (mustang GT 350) any more suggestions?



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