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Personal logo Bravo Six Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2020 8:29 p.m. PST

So I'm not very proficient at applying water slide decals, but I've noticed alot of eBay sellers offering peel and stick decals for diecast cars like police cars and wondered if anyone has had success doing something similar at home?

I have some custom police logos I'd like to add to some 1/43 scale cars.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2020 9:56 p.m. PST

I have printed waterslide decals at home on my inkjet printer. I suspect if you went to a Staples or similar office supply store they would have clear or white sticky paper in the paper department that would work to make stickers. It's on my to do list for next year. I want to be able to put some temporary markings on a few science fiction items and I think this is the way to go.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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Personal logo Bravo Six Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2020 10:36 p.m. PST

Thanks Mike. I'll give that a whirl. I too think this is the way to go.

Sgt Slag04 Dec 2020 8:02 a.m. PST

I purchased full-sheet label paper off of Amazon, a number of years ago. I use it for 3D buildings, mostly, by applying it to 3mm thick cardboard, assembling them in a non-standard manner. I also printed shield designs for 60mm Viking figures (I use them as Frost Giants, in my D&D/BattleSystem games). They worked better than I had hoped.

I print a sheet off, cut to size, peel and stick to the figure's shield. The flatter the surface you apply them to, the better.

I also apply a coating of Mod Podge to seal and protect them. Be sure to print paper labels on a Laser Printer, not inkjet. The Mod Podge is water based, and inkjet ink will run… You could also spray on a matte clear coat, to seal and protect them. Apply light coats, to avoid running of the ink. Cheers!

Personal logo Bravo Six Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2020 11:13 a.m. PST

Thanks for the input Sarge. I have an inkjet so that may be a problem. :/

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 4:57 a.m. PST

US Letter –
A4 –

Why leave home? ;)

These are the glossy sheets, so they will look like the glossy ones you get with various vehicles. The linked pages also shot matte sheets (regular paper finish).

You can draw with ball point ink or pencil easily over matte. You can prime/paint over glossy without excessive bleeding.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2020 9:34 p.m. PST

I spray my home made decals with matte spray paint and they work fine. Just use a light spray on a warm day for best results.

Practice and you will get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

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