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    Decal dilemma

    Hi all:

    I'm thinking of picking up some blank decal paper to try to print out custom transfers for my upcoming DIY Space Marine chapter. Has anyone ever tried this, and can they recommend any particular brand/dealer? I don't know anywhere to get them other than online. Any ideas?

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    Don't know much about the paper - but the best printer for doing decals is an ALPS thermal printer. Injets and laserjets may not give you the most durable decals.

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    Try ebay. You can get decal paper with a spray sealant that allows you to print from an inkjet on to it.

    Dont have the name of it but will have a look see for ya .


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    I'm not wealthy enough to afford anything more than a "household" inkjet printer, but as long as I give the ink plenty of time to dry, and it survives the immersion to free it from its backing, I plan to use my clearcoat primer to seal in the color afterward (and dull the shinyness of the decal, making it look more "realistic."

    Anyone know of a good brand of transfer sheeting?
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    That's part of the problem... you have to seal the ink to the transfer paper BEFORE submerging it in water. That's why most DIY transfers recommend printing, then spraying with a sealant before ever attempting to move the transfer off of the paper. The sealant makes sure that the ink doesn't wash off.

    You might want to look into taking the paper to Kinko's or another local printer that can do the printing for you. Shouldn't be that expensive, and it will work a lot better.

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    Griffon games does custom decal printing. I have not personally ordered from them but know people that have. Everything I have heard has been real good. They use a thermal printer and provide the paper - so bonus all around... Though they will most likely not print any copyrighted material.

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    Ok, I guess I can stand to "spraypaint" the sealer on after printing

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