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Old 06-04-2009, 09:31 AM
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I've been building planes for quite a while but have never taken the time to apply the decals that came with the kit. But I'm building a BH T-28 that I won in a club raffle and would like to dress it up. So, how do you get the decals off the backing sheet, how do you apply them to make sure there are no bubbles and how do you ensure that they will stay on and not be affected by fuel spray, cleaning solutions, etc? Any help will be much appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:42 AM
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Spray the target surface with windex. Peel off the decal and lay it down and position. Squeegee out the windex and let dry for a day. I don't know what to fuel proff with but you amy try clear polyurethane.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:47 AM
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Thanks. i thought you might have to soak them in water but I just tried one and it came off.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:59 AM
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Default RE: How to Apply Decals?

There are several different types but after they are down and dry Ihave seen everything from fingernail polish to clear dope lightly painted around the edges just to keep them from lifting. The ones I use are vynal, Iput them down with windex but I ended up shooting poly-U over the complete plane and decals, they have lasted for years.
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Default RE: How to Apply Decals?

If they are "peel n stick" vinyl no soaking is necessary.

I tell my customers to use foam window cleaner. Comes in a aerosol can. It's much better than Windex. They should be fuel prof without clearing.

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This Thread may help.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_84...tm.htm#8462647

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:10 PM
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Thanks again. I've used clear nail polish to safety the edges of Ultracote numbers I've put on my planes for racing. I think I'll do the same here. Avaiojet, thanks for the link. Far beyond me now but I think I'll put that technique on my "Soon-To-Do" list. I'll have to do it by hand as I do not have a plotter to cut vinyl. I'll see what I can get from the sign shop. It seems the transfer paper is critical to the process.
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It seems the transfer paper is critical to the process.
Yes, the transfer paper holds all the letters together or images in place. Sign shops will give you their short rolls for free.They will alsosave you their scrap vinyl, which they would normally throw out.

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