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normsmith Inactive Member02 Jun 2016 5:07 a.m. PST

I have Warlord 28 Celtic warriors and have it decals on 4 shields so fare.

The problem is that I thought these were just rested in water and then slid on over the shield, but I have found that to get a fit, I have had to trim off the transparent edge to the decal . Then to get it to sit nicely around the shield boss, I have had to cut the decal in half.

I am guessing that I am doing something wrong since I can't find anyone else commenting with the same problem.

All hints, tips and suggestions gratefully received.

Garand02 Jun 2016 5:16 a.m. PST

Trimming carrier film is not a bad thing. However, 2 tips I can provide is to make sure you are applying over a glossy surface, and to use a decal setting solution. The setting solution will soften the decal, allowing it to conform over irregular shapes, and the gloss coating simply helps the decal to stick better, and prevent fogging ("silvering") over the clear parts of the carrier film.


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 5:31 a.m. PST

Same as Garand said.

I add use Future (as in the dip) both before for the glossy surface and after as a sealing agent.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 9:45 a.m. PST

The setting solution will soften the decal, allowing it to conform over irregular shapes

Thank you, I had never heard of such a thing. I have had serious problems with 'folds' on the surfaces of domed shields.

normsmith Inactive Member02 Jun 2016 1:46 p.m. PST

Thanks, I have some Future already.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 6:04 a.m. PST

Google "Decal Setting Solution".
I have used most of them with good results.
Another tip is to not put the decal in a dish of water. Place it in a dry lid, upside down, and put water on the decal back to loosen it. It's much easier than chasing the thing around a dish of water. Handle it only with a paintbrush.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2016 6:16 a.m. PST

If you feel adventurous, cut out the boss with a new X-acto blade and slide the decal over that.

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