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I don't usually use decals, but right now I'm working with a WW2 armoured car that came with some amazingly detailed decals. I have used decals before and have found that they always come out glossy. I've heared about Testor's Dullcoat and was wondering if this would work, or what else could be used. Also, would it be best applied before or after a matt varnish?
One trick to try out is to put a layer of gloss varnish down first, put the transfer on top and then once completely dry to spray it with the dullcote. The dullcote will take away the shine and having the layer of gloss below will disguise the "silvering" effect you usually get around the edges of a transfer. You can also paint over the transfers before putting on the dullcote to repair any unsightly mistakes.Originally Posted by Bubbaganoosh
The gloss varnish will also help prevent air pockets underneath the decal.
Wow, thats alot of work for a detail so small :rolleyes: ...imagine doing that to a guard army...just thinking of it made my brain hurtOriginally Posted by slorak
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It's not so bad if you assembly-line it. Apply gloss to 10-20 models and let dry. Cut out transfers for them all, start applying. Let dry again and then hit them with the spray varnish. DoneOriginally Posted by whiteshields1830
What is your alternative? Just put it on and have a bad result? I think using slorakÂ´s technique is the way to go, if you donâ€™t want to just paint the symbols on.Originally Posted by whiteshields1830
you could put the transfer on and then paint over the top of it?
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It'd probably be worse if you try paint the decals by hand.Originally Posted by whiteshields1830
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well, i do use gloss varnish underneath the decal, and the result is amazingly good. I varnish the decals when dryed with gloss varnish too (to protect them), and then apply matt varnish depending on the desired effect.
i have applied decals in this way during years, and i have not found anything better. it's not a hard work, the only real trick is to cut the decal trying to remove the translucent borders of the image. That will cost you less than a minute of your life, so it's not a real waste of time.
hope that helped
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Wow, thanks. Now, where can i get dullcoat?
I don't know where you are - but I get mine at a local railroad/hobby store. You should be able to at least find distributors from testors website.