Mack, When making your own decals, you need to clear coat them before handling them. Micro Mark makes a product specifically for this but any spray can clear will work as long as you use light mist coats to build it up; too heavy and the ink will run and puddle.
Patrick, when replying to a comment, if you use the quote button (as I did here) the person you are replying to will be informed that they have been quoted in your thread. If you simply go to the bottom of the thread and enter a response then the person you are replying to won't know unless or until they re-visit the thread.
John Terresi did this one a few years ago; You might check out his thread for some painting tips. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/75054-31-nash-way-beyond-rat-fiink-coupe-new-project-5913/?page=1 Yours is looking good so far.