" Decal Fixative Alternative "


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" Decal Fixative Alternative "

Something for those of you interested in making your own Custom Decals------------------

“Decal Fixative Alternative”

For coating my Decal sheets as they emerge from the printer I've tried lots of products with good to excellent results.

I started out using cheap Painters Place Enamel #20014 in the aerosol can from the spray paint department at WalMart.

It wasn't bad and only cost 90 cents.

Then I used Duplicolor Clear Lacquer DAL #1695 also in an 11 oz. aerosol can from AutoZone.

This was a better product that dried much quicker and thinner for $4.59.

Then I used DEFT Clear Gloss Varnish in the 11 oz. aerosol can in the Paint Stain Dept at Walmart, about $5.

By far, this is the best of the aforementioned and makes the edges of the Decals disappear after final ClearCoat.

However, all I've used for the last 10years is House Of Kolor InterCoat Clear.

InterCoat Clear is a product used to protect your art as you lay down progressive layers.

It's used to coat an existing layer so it can be taped off without fear of raising the paint.

It's also used as a carrier to lay transparent colors or pearl powders over basecoats.

Well the results are fantastic.

One 1/4 oz. AirBrush cup filled 2/3 way with a 50-50 mix of InterCoat Clear and RU311 Reducer is enough to coat a full page of Decals.

It dries to an almost negligible thickness in a matter of minutes.

With this InterCoat Clear the edges of the Decals disappear as they are laid down.

The extra control of applying the InterCoat Clear through your AirBrush instead of blasting some other product out of an aerosol can gives you the ability to lay down just the barest minimum needed to seal the ink on the Decals.

The Decal film remains just as thin and pliable as if there was no coating at all.

Nothing is wrong with the DEFT but this InterCoat Clear is giving far better results.

--CadillacPat the UnCustomizer--

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Posted · Report post

Thanks... I will try this!!!

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Posted · Report post

Thanks... I will try this!!!

You bet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CadillacPat

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you can also try microscale decal film, it's great stuff

even if you slather it on with a brush it is nearly undetectable once dry

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Scale, that's not a sealant or fixative.

That stuff is actual Decal film or something close to it.

It's touted as a means of brushing the stuff on paper and then printing a single decal on top of it.

CadillacPat

Edited by CadillacPat

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More good information Pat.

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