09-18-2021, 03:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Decaling diecast models and...maybe clear coat
Originally Posted by flight8841
I have newbie questions here:
If I am looking to add decals on top of a diecast model I own, and then want to make it look like no decals were added, what would I do? I have heard mention of clear coating so I assume that is the path to take? If so, I have further clear coat questions:
1. what clear coat is advised? is there a clear coat that can be applied without investing in anything fancy like an airbrush?
2. does the entire model fuselage need a layer of clear coat, or only the area where the decal is?
3. once clear coat is added, is that it? Or is there another step?
I know, I know, these are probably silly questions...but I really don't know anything, nor do I know where to start.
Thank you all in advance
I have made over 100 custom model and created my own decals to complete them. Using available decal paper to use on a home printer you will always slightly notice the edges after they have been applied, but in answer to your questions,
1) Humbrol Clear Cote can help to minimise this.
2)I generally will coat the entire fuselage after applying the gloss Cote over the decals. Be aware that undiluted Humbrol Gloss Cote is fairly thick (similar to a gloss paint) and it will dry extremely quickly(in about 20 minutes), so apply sparingly in one pass. A second coat will help reduce the visibility of decal edges.
3)after applying gloss Cote no other step is necessary.
Decals purchased from specialist suppliers are generally thinner, so edges will be less visible, but they will need more care when applying.