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#1 shafer

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:40 PM

While opening a 1984 STP Pontiac I became stressed. I was concerned with how I was going to build this car with out having to locate new decals -84 is hard to find. These decals were junk. I was able to salvage the decals , here is how I accomplished that feat
* scan decalsheet with scanner just incase you need to make more with inkjet decal paper
* sprayed a coat of polyerithane clear coat on the decal sheet
* using akylic paints carefully apply filler colors in the cracks matching the rest of the decal.
* respray 3 coats of clear of the decal (trying to get them to hold together)
* wait 3 days before doing any cutting
* decals must be cut close because the clear coat does leave a film
* when putting decals in water , do not try to slide them off the paper , let the water completely separate the decal from the paper before using.
* clear coat whole model to insure decals stay in place, if you dont like shine use a dull coat, i like high gloss.

some cracks may still be visable , but my wife says that is better because it adds to the nostalgia and oldness of the model.
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#2 Chief Joseph

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:42 PM

Great save!

#3 Deathgoblin

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:14 AM

Nice work! :)

#4 shafer

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:52 AM

thanks i have posted the complete build in the nascar section.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:42 AM

nice save i coulda never done that i woulda just gonna crazy and tryed to get a new set or like you said print a set

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:24 PM

Thanks