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Brian Wilkinson » Nov 19 '15

Is there an article on here about making and  printing your own decals? No idea how to start ,what to buy and where. I've read that you have to seal them before cutting????

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Re: decals

Marten Richens » Nov 19 '15

Hi Brian

There are a few product on the market at various prices (and various results!). Personally I tend to prefer Experts Choice Decal Paper. It is a bit more expensive, but I have had better results with it. You also need to be aware of the type of printer as the paper comes in Laser and Inkjet types. You can also use acrylic paint on the decal paper, just seal it the same way as the ink.

Once printed you need to seal the decals as inkjet printing will come straight off in water. I use the Micro Sol Liquid Decal Film (on the same link as the paper), you just need to leave the ink to dry for a couple of hours as this stuff can make the decals run. I know Humbrol do an acrylic spray that can also work but I can't vouch for it as I don't use it.

A couple of points to watch out for:

Printing onto clear decal film will leave the result as slightly see through, so if possible prime the area with white first as the base colour can show through.

When creating your design on the computer, make sure that the image you are working on is CMYK and not RGB. The usual default is RGB as this is how the screen displays colour, but unfortunately printers use CMYK and there are certain colours that can't be replicated accurately. There is no feeling like spending hours on a project only to print it and the colours are wrong!

Don't make anything too fancy because cutting it out will drive you up the wall.

Make extras.

This is assuming that you have a good graphics program and are happy using it of course...

Hopefully this will give some pointers and be of a bit of help.

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Re: decals

Alun » Nov 20 '15

Ditto to what is said above.  There is also a good choice of decal papers available from Crafty Computer Papers who do a choice of white and clear for inkjet and laser printers.  You can use white if you can trim exactly around or you don't mind a white border and clear where you don't want this.  Clear (as Marten says) are translucent and only work on light coloured backgrounds.  

The only other alternative was the ALPS printers which were very expensive and no longer available.

I do have full access to a colour laser printer (it sits on my desk at work) and happy to do decals for anyone who wants them.  I'd just need the artwork.  Laser printed decals don't require any sealing and you can use them straight away. Best to fill an A4 sheet as it's tricky to feed through part sheets.  So do let me know if you need anything.  I have a stock of clear and white paper and would only ask for the cost of the paper plus postage.

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Re: decals

Brian Wilkinson » Nov 20 '15

Thanks guys some good info. Great offer from Alun too. I may take you up on that. I trying to think of stuff to fill one sheet though. AAt the moment I only need a few things

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Re: decals

Alun » Nov 20 '15

If you don't want it immediately then I can add it to a sheet next time I do a print. 

 

Just let let me know as not a problem!

 

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