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Decal glare
Posted by Mars on Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:42 PM

I have painted a 1/48 Corsair with Testors flat sea blue and put on the decals. The decals look good until they are at the right angle with a light source, then the whole decal shines. Can I paint it with a flat clear and remove or reduce the glare? Or any other ideas? Thank you in advance

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:19 PM

Did you apply the decals straight onto the flat finish or did you apply a gloss first.

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Posted by Mars on Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:10 PM

Bish

Did you apply the decals straight onto the flat finish or did you apply a gloss first.

 

decals on a flat finish

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, July 15, 2017 9:47 PM

Mars

 

 
Bish

Did you apply the decals straight onto the flat finish or did you apply a gloss first.

 

 

 

decals on a flat finish

 

 

 

Decals adhere best on gloss coat. I would have sprayed the kit a coat of gloss clearcoat before applying any decals. Once the decals are applied, I then would seal the whole kit with flat clearcoat to cut down the glare.

You could try spraying a flat clearcoat on the kit to cut down the glare of the decals.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:47 AM

Yep, thats the problem. As Blackshep says, try a coat of flat, but you may still have some silvering.

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Posted by Bearcat57 on Monday, July 17, 2017 3:06 AM

You can shoot clear flat over those decals til the cows come home and you'll still see that silvering beneath them. That's due to air trapped between the decal and all the thousands of microscopic valleys in the flat paint.

I would strip those decals off, glosscoat, then re-decal.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, July 17, 2017 10:44 AM

Hello!

Let's not mix two things here - one is genuilne silvering, where you can see the border of the decal film no matter from which direction you look at the model. Then there's this slightly other effect, where you see the decal film outline only if youlook at it from a certain angle. Sometimes you have this effect looking at book pages printed on a very glossy paper and then you can see the differences of reflectivity between paint and paper.

Anyhow, it sure would help if you covered the whole model, or at least most of it' where the decals go with gloss clear. Now if you want to remedy the effect you have, I'd recommend painting the whole thing clear gloss until the difference between decals and their background disappears or at least gets less noticeable. Just then it makes sense to put a flat clear coat on. If you do it without hte glossy layer, you run the risk that the difference between decals and their background gets more and not less noticeable. Remember never to put the flat clear coat on "wet", you have to mist it on gently for it to work.

Hope it helps - have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Monday, July 17, 2017 2:43 PM

Mars
I have painted a 1/48 Corsair with Testors flat sea blue and put on the decals.

You didnt mention if you used Solv-a-set or anything else to set the decal.

If you didnt set the decal you should be able to re-wet the decal and float it off the Corsair. Then you can Gloss-cote the plane and re-apply the decals. Then set the decals, THEN gloss-cote, then finish with the Dull-cote.

If the decals are already set your only hope is to do as Pawel suggested.

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