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Old 02-24-2006, 11:40 AM
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I wish to make some of these, using colors from a printer. I have no idea how; what to buy, how to make these fuel proof. Can anyone tell me where I can research this, or what has worked for you?
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Old 02-24-2006, 12:14 PM
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Search the internet under water slide decal paper... Print let dry. then spray top flite clear coat. Let dry again then use...
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Old 02-24-2006, 12:28 PM
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Another product that works really well to fuel proof your decals with it clear fingernail polish. Print your decals, apply them to your plane, and then paint a layer of polish over them to fuelproof them. It works great.

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I also used clear finger nail polish. At least on my smaller decals. On the larger decals i put it in my airbrush. Works very nice, but can be a pain to clean up though.
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Old 02-24-2006, 01:22 PM
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I also used clear finger nail polish. At least on my smaller decals. On the larger decals i put it in my airbrush. Works very nice, but can be a pain to clean up though.
Hmmmm, I've never tried it in my airbrush. What do you use to thin it with???

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I print whatever on Avery 8 1/2 x 11 full sheet label paper (05165). Cover the image with clear packing tape before cutting it out. After it's stuck in place I seal the edge with ca. This method won't give you a first rate decal but if you aren't too fussy try it...it's cheap and easy.
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Bent, I have a question about your method. Instead of the clear tape --- will clear Ultracoat / Monocoat work as well?
Then seal the edges with something clear fuel proof.
Lots of times when using Monocoat you can use Windex to activate the adhesive and it works great.
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Default RE: making fuel proof decals

The clear Ultracote/Monokote works quite well on the waterslide decals. I use Ultracote. How I apply it is to mist (or put on a very light coat) a coat on, let it dry for about 15 - 20 minutes, then give the decal a second coat and let it dry for 72 hours before putting it in the water.

A word of advice - spray the area where the decal is going to be applied with Windex prior to putting the decal on. This will let you shift the decal if needed and this is especially true if you have large decals (much over 3" in diameter ). With the larger decals especially, be careful of how you handle them in the water. Until the paper backing is completely soaked and the decal "relaxes" you can crack the clear coat if you are not careful.

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I found 'sticky-back' acetate paper at a graphic arts supply store.. You can buy it in white or clear, laser jet or ink jet. Clear coat afterwards.

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I use acetone to thin out finger nail polish. Use gloves if you are gonna to do it. You dont need a lot of acetone to thin it out. Just put a little in a colorcup and add a few drops of acetone to thin it out. I use a moderate airpressure, probally around 25 psi. Very the pressure depending how it is spraying.
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fastplane,
I'm presently doing just what you asked about. I'm printing my decals on AVERY label paper. Using both the clear (when there isn't any white color in the decal or there needs to be clear areas) and the white sheets. Both obviously work great through my pc inkjet printer. I first made some up and applied clear Ultracote film over them. No edge sealing is necessary. That worked ok, but seemed a bit too much work.

I've done some testing with a number of clear spray paints that're readily available at Lowe's Home Improvement. It appears that almost all the clear paints will fuelproof to some degree. And of course, the clear spray paints sold by the LHS work too. They're usually only a couple of dollars more so that's no worry.

I make up a full sheet of the images in different sizes and spray the sheet with a light coat of clear paint. After that's dry, I spray one or two full coats. The image has to be cut out along it's outline but it's worth that little effort. They look great and cost almost nothing.

Here is an example........
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