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Water slide decals question...

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Phil_tre, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Phil_tre

    Phil_tre Tele-Holic

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    Hi !

    I will soon have all the parts to finish my "partcaster"
    and I would like to put a custom water slide decal BUT
    I don't want to spray clear over my new neck that is
    already finished... Will it work ? will it looks clean ??

    Thanks !

    Philippe
     
  2. RussBert

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    Decals are VERY delicate and will flake off unless it's covered with some clear finish
     
  3. mellecaster

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    There are a lot of Old guitars around with their Decals still intact, that would challenge your statement.
     
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    Spray the decal with several coats before you cut it out, then apply. Ive done two this way, then sprayed one after I applied and one did not. They both turned out well.
     
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    I don't find this to be true at all. I put decals on top of the lacquer all the time without any negative consequences. No flaking yet.
     
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    Same here
     
  8. LoudTele

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    Why not just tape off and spray the headstock? That's what I do.
     
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    It doesn't always come out evenly...like with my headstock...
    :(
     
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    Undisturbed, a properly-applied decal with no overcoat won't come off...but if something should scrape against it, there's a strong possibility that it will be damaged.
     
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    From personal experience, let it dry for a day after you apply it, before you spray it. I got some nice blushing. :(
     
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    This one managed to survive 59 years. I guess it never got scratched.



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    The point is, if it is properly applied, on top is just fine. If you scrape it hard enough to remove the decal, it would have scraped it hard enough to damage the lacquer as well.
     
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    While experimenting with my own waterslide decals I've applied and removed decals that were applied on top of finishes. They are pretty durable.

    I always coat my decals with a couple coats of lacquer before they are applied so that helps. The decals are much more fragile when they are uncoated.

    It took a lot of picking and scratching to get them off and I had to re-buff the surface below before putting on a new decal, so yeah, they are delicate if they come in contact with a sharp surface in the wrong place/wrong time, but can be pretty tough once applied.
     
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    piece of ash Friend of Leo's

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    Cool website Rhomco...
     
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    I've heard that that stuff is just repackaged "white vinegar".

    I have a bottle of decal setting solution made by Walthers (or bottled by walters) the model train company. It says the ingredients are:

    "Methoxy-2-propanol, methoxy-1-propanol"
     
  18. Colt W. Knight

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    Ive heard the exact same thing. Ive talked to some model train guys, and they told me just to use white vinegar.
     
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    There are different grades of setting solution...the ones that are made to suck the decals onto contoured surfaces (e.g., rivets and panel lines on an airplane's skin) are more potent than just vinegar...they are chemical-based...but probably overkill for applying a decal to a headstock.
     
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