Can decals be attached to/and covered by poly

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08-03-2011 10:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: decals poly polyurethane

Hi gang,

I am thinking or creating my own decals with an ink jet printer. My big question before I start buying materials and testing is “can decals be attached to poly and then be covered with another layer or two of poly to seal it in?”.

I am also open to other finishes. I probably should address this to a model making group as well. Can anyone recommend a good one?

Many thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 08-03-2011 11:57 PM

I don’t see why not. I’ve done it once with some comic strips. And if you REALLY want to be certain, there’s decoupage mixes specifically for that sort of work.

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 12:07 AM

Yes. You’d just want to rough up the poly under the decal to
promote adhesion.

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 12:07 AM

I would test to make sure that the ink doesn’t run from the poly -other than that I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 03:50 AM

I have done a LOT of this. I call it “decopage” I print out the image, or text ,on regular dollar store tissue paper taped to printer paper. I then apply two coats of Deft brushing lacquer and after it dries I place the imprinted tissue on it and wet with lacquer thinner on a brush. On larger images I massage it in with my wet (with water) finger. Let it dry and brush on about 4-5 coats of lacquer or one coat of lacquer and then poly finish. It takes a little practice on scraps to learn how this works. The non printed parts of the tissue about dissapear and all that is left, for the most part, is the image. Here are some examples of it. Write me for more details if you like.

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 04:02 AM

Should work. I’ve stuck my business card to a project with rubber cement then applied the poly. Always worked.

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 06:37 AM

You can do it. After you print them off you let them air dry then spray a clear coat over them, not blush, but spray. Let them sit for an hour then re-spray. I used automotive clear coat. THEN WAIT A LONG TIME. Then water slide them and apply.

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