I wouldn't worry too much about using a matt one, at least for me, I always finish with an overall matt coat when all else is done. I use Klear for a gloss coat under decals & settle them in 50% Klear, so there is a fair bit of gloss about the model, so gloss decals aren't a problem, the matt coat settles the whole lot down. Steve.
Post by corsair5517 on Aug 26, 2013 22:54:15 GMT 12
Right, so the matte/semi-gloss/gloss is a bit of a blind alley? The decals I've made are scans of my fathers wings and his ribbon bar which are going to be affixed to the headstock of a custom guitar build, which is going to be a high gloss finish anyway.
I'm a bit wary of any paints or fluids reacting badly and having to refinish as I've got a fair amount of sweat invested in this thing already!! Once the decals are sealed with the afore mentioned acrylic clear, it should be impervious to other types of clear, right?
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Well this is topical, I have just finished making some decals for my loooooong stalled A-4K Kahu project as some of the Hawkeye ones I had were out of scale.
Are you asking what to seal homemade ink jet printer decals before using them? If so, I used Testors Decal Bonder which comes in a rattle can which I got at one of my local model shops here in Melbourne.
This is the first time I've dabbled in making my own decals and you apparently need to seal them so the inks don't run either when dunked in water to apply them or using decal softeners to make them settle. The Testors stuff is a lacquer and I've heard it said that you can use Testors Dullcote (essentially the same product) or even Tamiya TS-80.
I have put two very light coats over the printed decals yesterday evening and am just about to apply them - only jumped online to check my photo references for placement and thought I'd look in here as well - so good timing!
And I'd imagine you shouldn't have any bother using a final lacquer finish (which I'd imagine you'd be using on a guitar) over the top of the applied decals seeing as they have a lacquer coating from the decal seal. None of that worry about applying lacquers over acrylics which can cause problems sometimes.
But I haven't used the decals yet. Just about to go off and have a go now.