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Testors Custom Decal System Tips & Tricks

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Testors Custom Decal System Tips & Tricks
Posted by crzyhorse on Sunday, February 1, 2004 6:10 PM
I just got through using the Testors Decal system for custom decals.

I created the design in Paintshop Pro. That actually was the easy part. Getting the decals to print to scale,& on the 1/2 sheet was the tough part.

Once i got the decals sized & oriented printing was as easy as sending it to the printer. I printed them out on a Lexmark X75 all in one. The printed sheet was sprayed with the included fixative, then set to dry for 2hrs as per the instructions. I found that intricate designs are best done in separate steps , my design included a stripe,& checkered flag design. I would've been better off to make the elements separate. The decal paper is commendably thin, but be ready if you're doing white over a dark color it WON"T cover in one step. I used the white sheet ,& had to paint a white mask for the flag portion of the decal. I reccomend cutting your design into maybe 2"x2" chunks for application.
Once you get to putting the decal in place dont try to rub it out with your finger, if you try you WILL be touching it up. all in all I found using the Testors Decal System easier than trying to paint my particular design. You may like it better for doing the included decals, just remember how thin the decals are,& that the color WILL bleed through.

Just my My 2 cents
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 8:41 PM
I have the Testors system also and I find the biggest problem I have is sizing to scale.
How did you go about sizing to scale?
Stoney
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 10:04 PM
Stoney a way you could size to scale would be printing it out on regular paper first and test fit it that way.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 1, 2004 11:07 PM
Thanks, Z. White for the suggestion. I do that, but was hoping there was something on the program (I may be overlooking) that would size to scale for you.
Stoney
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  • From: Trondheim, Norway
Posted by Slabbedask on Monday, February 2, 2004 10:11 AM
I think I asked this in another thread, but I can't find it now, so....
Where can I get this? Preferably a serious shop that has an online ordering system, since I have a bit of trouble getting to shops in the US in person....
You're never too old to have a happy childhood...! http://public.fotki.com/slabbedask/
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 2, 2004 1:47 PM

Slabbedask, I bought my decal program from:
www.decalgear.com
It is actually Tester's program, but they don't say that in the ad.
When you get to the site just click software, it will give you several
programs to choose from.
Hope this helps, Stoney
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Posted by Slabbedask on Monday, February 2, 2004 3:50 PM
Thanks, I'll check that out:.SmileThumbs Up
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Posted by crzyhorse on Monday, February 2, 2004 6:58 PM
To get the decals to size I used Paintshop Pro (PSP)

I guess i should've been more clear on that , I didn't use the encolsed software. To get it to size in PSP I first scanned the side of the model in my scanner (short of that you could simply lay the model on it's side & trace around it) Then I brought that image up in PSP to create my graphics. You could tape the tracing to your monitor. Once I got the graphics complete I measured how long I wanted the decal to be. In PSP you can control what the print size is. Then I set about arranging my graphics onto the 1/2 sheet. That took me about 2hrs & 5 sheets of paper (both sides top & bottom}

Here's the graphics on the car http://www.xpphotoalbum.com/showphoto.php?photo=60880&password=&sort=0&cat=5999&page=1
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 2, 2004 7:27 PM
crzyhorse that car looks great...the picture is a little fuzzy but ican see your graphics real good...this system sounds very interesting..just lately i have been hearing about kits like for the computer but noone knew where to get them...up here in canada things are a little slower than in the us........if you have it now we'll have it early 2005..hehe....Coolthanks for the tips and info..Thumbs UpThumbs Up..

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