Waterslide decal and tru oil

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  1. Chordophonic

    Chordophonic Tele-Meister

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    Can I apply a waterslide decal on top of tru oil and then seal it with the same...the decal will be ink jet sealed with acrylic rattle can sealer.

    Cheers!

    Paul
     
  2. Speedy454

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    Yes you can. I have done it several times. Make sure the headstock already has enough Tru Oil built up to be glossy. Make sure it is very smooth where the decal will lay. Make sure the Tru Oil has dried at least 24 hours. Decals don't lay very well on bumps, nubs or ridges. After applying the decal and patting it dry, wait at least a few hours if not overnight before applying more Tru oil. Apply 3 coats Tru Oil at least 3 hours apart to the headstock. Apply it a little on the thick side for this. I use a 3" square of paper towel folded to about 1", and wipe it gently and evenly on the headstock. After you have a minimum of 3 coats on top of the waterslide, begin leveling. I wouldn't use anything courser than 1500 grit. I usually use 2000 between coats. Be very careful to avoid cutting through. I usually end up applying about 10 to 12 coats on top of the waterslide to fully bury it and make the edges disappear. I have a photo on another computer. I'll attach it later.
     
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  3. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, follow Speedy's advice. It will work out just great.
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  4. Chordophonic

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    Fab! Thanks!

    Paul
     
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    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Speedy, thanks for taking to write such thorough instructions!
     
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    +1 on this...works great!! [​IMG]

     
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