painting decals

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Is it possible to paint decals? I am thinking of the stripes on the 1/12 mustang gt 500.

I could paint the hood roof and trunk stripes directly on the car but the side stripes supplied with the kit have gt500 in them. I am thinking of changing the color of all the stripes. Any opinions/suggestions?

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I used to paint decals all the time. I was really into "hand lettering" back in the 60's and 70's. I found it much easier to paint a decal flat on my bench rather that work directly on the side of the model. I used Testor's enamels, and it worked great. I think a lot of the success came from the fact that the enamel paint remained sort of flexible, so the application process was easy. I think I still have a couple of the models I did back then, I can take pics if you're really interested.

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Thanks for the input. I kinda thought it would be do-able but it's always good to hear from someone who has done it. If it is not a lot of trouble, a pic would be good. I know peoples time is valuable.

I used to paint decals all the time. I was really into "hand lettering" back in the 60's and 70's. I found it much easier to paint a decal flat on my bench rather that work directly on the side of the model. I used Testor's enamels, and it worked great. I think a lot of the success came from the fact that the enamel paint remained sort of flexible, so the application process was easy. I think I still have a couple of the models I did back then, I can take pics if you're really interested.

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I would like to see photos as well.

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I dug the old "girls" out. They're swimming in dishwater right now. They havent seen the light of day for 4 decades. Pictures to come. It is very very easy to do!

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Back in my Indy Car building days, I used to overpaint just about all the decals I used, given the generally poor quality lithographed decals most kits had in them back in the day. I found it pretty easy to paint over them, using the original printing as a guide, almost exactly the same as working with old-fashioned paint-by-number sets that were popular in the 50's and 60's. I also found that after learning how to do that, I could easily hand-paint my own graphics, without the benefit of having a decal to use as a guide.

I built this AJ Foyt Coyote (1977 Indy winner, AJ's historic 4th trip to Victory Lane) in 1988, all the graphics are hand painted, except for the accessory decals:

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Very nice Art. Here are my examples. First bear in mind that I did these at the ripe old age of 16. The quality is not what I would accept from myself today. "Pacific" is all Testors enamels, with lettraset dry transfers for "trucking co". If you look close you can see I ran out of dry transfers for the right side and had to hand letter it.

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The "carter" is testors spray gold with hand lettering and again dry transfers. In retro spect, I should have cleared the gold, as its flat and doesnt look all that good.

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What I discovered is that the better the base decal is, the better your results will be. I found that AutoWorld decals, as well as old school Monogram were perfect. I didn't have so great results with the AMT decals. Look for glossiness on the base decal. If its really shiny, you'll get good results.

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Very nice pics Art and Glen. I will go ahead with my decal painting, now that I know it can be done successfully. Thanks

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