After the decal steps are finished, the locomotive can be lightly weathered as desired. Clear coating helps to protect the decal from peeling, cracking or sustaining other damage from exposure to the elements. Motorcycle decals are a popular item for clear coats and decals. 6. After removing all the decals I used a rubbing compound and then waxed and polished the bike. I go gloss for decals, then coat them with what used to be Future Floor Wax, a water-based acrylic. Kalgrm. 5. But as you will see daggerlee, there's several techniques. Orange peel is an imperfection in the paint job which makes the surface look bumpy. Expert columnists offer tips and solutions to modeling problems about muscle cars, racing vehicles, dioramas, and trucks. Pause for a break after the first coat and allow a little extra time for this sealer coat to cure to the limit, (do not allow to fully cure). A few questions: What are you tapping the decal with? However, for cars in colder climates, you should wait 45 days because low temperatures can slow the curing process. Three coats - two mist, one wet, 15 minutes apart. Then continue with further layers of clear. I always apply a clear coat over the decals and I have do it in all my models. I put about 5 coats of clear over them allowing 24 hours between coats. The good thing, if you are thinking about it, is that you’ll be applying the decals. I put the clear on in very light mist coats and let each coat dry before going for a heavier wet coat. You must first apply 2-3 very thin mist coats over the decal; allowing it to dry each time. Kris. just apply urethane base, then use clear base,apply sticker,GENTLY scotch brite with grey pad on sticker only, use first coat of clear lightly across the sticker( if you use medium coat-the clear will run off the sticker),apply second coat after 1st coat has got out of dust, 3rd coat normal Apply 3 layers of clear coat, letting it dry for 10 minutes between coats. Great how-to content and kit reviews help builders of all skill levels to improve their 1/16, 1/24, 1/25, and small-scale models. Extra tips: - Despite the fact a lot of clear coatings are acrylic/water-based, the spray contains solvents and are still harmfull to human and nature. If you've done a good job on the clear you shouldn't need any polish/cutting. On this '49 I waited a full week for the decals to set, and then cleared. Either completely flat or semi-gloss. When you add decals to your motorcycle or other vehicle as décor, you will want to add a clear coat over the top of the decal. In order to get the clear to properly adhere to the surface, you'll have to sand the powder coat before the vinyl goes on, apply the vinyl, and then clear coat it. The paint is Tamiya Acrylic applied with an airbrush. Laying down multiple layers of clear after the sealer coat … 6) Now apply any washes. When the decals are dry (say overnight) wash off any excess decal glue using warm soapy water and apply a second coat of the clear gloss over the decals to seal them, This also provides a consistent gloss finish over the entire model / decals and helps to achieve that … I laid the second coat on a little thicker, and ended up with major orange peel and even plenty of rough spots. It was Testors One Coat White Lightning and Wet Look Clear. 0 0. some guys I know in Texas put stickers all over their body work, then do a gac glue clear coat over it, and then airbrush clear paint over that. On my 02, I was going along taking off the graphics on the farings, all was great, lovin how it was starting to look. I do not have a good track record for clear over decals. I get to the gas tank, and realize its under the clear coat. Relevance. This seals the decals, and helps reduce silvering even further. Follow up with one to two coats of flat clear (or dull coat for those that use it). Since the new tins are cleared without a solvent based clear the make up of the decal may have been changed. ... its actually best to put the decals on after the last coat of color enamel has completely dried then do your clear coat, this protects the decals and gives it a more finished look and blends them into the cars paint nicer. May 20, 2011. 3. Ideally it should be re-coated as soon as the the last coat has tacked. After 2-3 days, sand the area with damp 1500-grit paper to blend it with the old coat. I've clear coated over the decals on my rough rider a couple of years back and had no probs at all you do need to apply more coats though as the clear coat needs to be the same depth as the decals that may sound a lot but if you where to clear coat before the decals you might only go 3 coats . Hello there, Yes, you should do clear coat before and after. In order to get the clear to properly adhere to the surface, you'll have to sand the powder coat before the vinyl goes on, apply the vinyl, and then clear coat it. At this point you can seal the model aircraft kit with either a flat, semi-gloss or glossy varnish prior to weathering. The response was that: they are 2mil vinyl with self stick adhesive on them already you should clear coat over them if that is something you do after painting 5 Answers. I learned that trick from a guy who builds models for the Smithsonian. 4. Afterwards, instead of immediately applying dull coat or a flat clear, apply one thin even coat of a gloss or semi-gloss clear. Before buying the decals I contacted DRATV to ask if they were a stick on decal or a water type slide-on or did I need adhesive. I was crushed as the model was looking so good. Clear-Coat Over Vinyl Decal Advice on how to apply and coat a decal on a wood table top. After you see how good they look when applied, you just might leave the clear-coat paint on the shelf! With a standard automotive process, you would wet or dry sand the old clear coat with 800 to 1000 grit before re-clearing. Your model may have a flat finish, but you can coat decal areas with clear gloss, apply the decals, then return after they are dry and apply a clear coat with the desired sheen. I think the important parts are: gloss before and after decals, barrier coat, then dullcote or whatever you want. 04-19-2006 #2. We like to blow-dry it to prevent watermarks. [7] 4) After all the decals are applied, let the model dry overnight. The final clear coat can be wet sanded and buffed if needed to get rid of any bugs, dirt or orange peel. I havent used a decal under clear in at least 8 years. Then wash off the excess setting solutions by gently using soap and water on the model. How long after you have a car painted do you need to wait before putting on decals? It’s the final clear coat that seals the decals and makes them appear like natural paint. Install decals as shown in your order's enclosed instructions. The clear coat before gives a smooth surface so the decal will set properly. Inkjets provide better resolution and slightly better color control, but the final design will have to be clear coated before use. The clear coat is Krylon Triple-Thick Cyrstal Clear Glaze 0500 (recommended by a Model Maker at work). Again wait till the previous layer is sticky dry. 3) The only time you need to wet sand between clear coats is if you wait longer than 24 hours. The first coat was rough, of course, because it was so thin. After you have sealed the decal with thin coats you may apply a heavier coat if you want. Clear hides nothing so any problems in the base must be corrected first. With a standard automotive process, you would wet or dry sand the old clear coat with 800 to 1000 grit before re-clearing. 5) If desired, apply another gloss coat. When you are in a bit of rush you can use the decals after a hour of drying. 07-16-2002, 05:31 AM. After decal has been allowed to dry, use a tack cloth to remove any dust from surface and decal. Just before? Worked for me! I wet sanded between coats. My only reference to the powder coat was that the new decals may not be compatable with solvent based clear. January 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm. airbrush clear coat is okay over decals as long as it doest have alcohol. Once your final paint job is dry, you will need to apply 1 or 2 thin layers of varnish or Klear to create a gloss or semi-gloss finish before you apply any decals. However you better let it dry several hours. Hi Darrel, When you put decal in water to soften, do not keep it for too long. Clearing soon after paint should be ok, and actually after a mist coat I would probably lay a couple of wet coats down, leave it a week, then decals, mist again, then another couple of wet coats. For good decals, gloss coat, apply the decals, then gloss coat again. Here’s what you can do to get decals right the first time: • Prepare the surface: Decals adhere better to gloss or semigloss finishes. The old XL250 in my signature picture has had mylar decals applied and then clear coat applied over the top to protect the decals. The decals wrinkled after the first wet coat. For warmer climates, waiting 30 days should be sufficient. Clearing over decals is a nerve wracking ordeal. After this drying period, wipe away the excess solution with a moist cotton rag. The problem is the transfers will not be applied until after my base coat is fully dry, and trying to sand or scuff the area around the decal can be very tricky. Once that is dried, almost anything can be sprayed. This allows the clear to seal and bond properly to the decals. Same decals after computer restoration and repair by theauthor . We cannot guarantee the performance of any other clear coat. :) Gainsbourg. I am trying to learn the best method for applying clear coat over water slide tranfers. The clear coat after is to seal the decal on. It's been 3 years and still look good as new. Water transfer decals MUST be applied over a "smooth, shiny" surface so they do not turn milky. Scale Auto is the leading authority for car modelers. After applying decals, how do you wash the surface to remove the setting solution marks and decal glue residue before applying the next clear coat? ... 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