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Making Custom "Wash Me" Decals

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  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Fort Worth, TX
Making Custom "Wash Me" Decals
Posted by RESlusher on Saturday, December 29, 2018 8:52 PM

I'm working on the Revell-Germany MAN 5-ton Mil GL truck and I'm going to do it in UN white.  I'm thinking about making my own custom decals with various translations of the phrase "Wash me" like it's been written in the dust and dirt on the body.  Does anyone have any ideas on a good font (and size) for this? 

Any help with translations would be cool too!  Big Smile

Thanks in advance!

Richard S.

On the bench:  Revell-Germany MAN 5T Mil GL truck

On deck:  No idea...haven't planned that far ahead!


  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:20 PM

There are several variations of fonts called 'Fingerpaint' that would probably do for the effect you're looking for. As to size, it's simpler to resize the text/image than to dial in a precise font size.


 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, December 30, 2018 1:33 AM

Assuming the text will be the clean white or clear window,

it might be easier to write the words on the model with white glue, weather over it and then pick it off.

just a thought.

  • Member since
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, December 30, 2018 1:49 AM

That's a good idea GM.  Like maksking off windshield wiper marks on a dirty windshield. 



  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, December 30, 2018 11:17 AM

This may be harder than it sounds.  You'd have to use the clear decal paper, and make the dust effect part of the decal.  The lettering would have to be bright white.  The trouble would be making the dust for all the truck surfaces.  You could do just the surface where the writing would be with decal, but the challenge there would be matching the dust on the decal sheet to the dust on the rest of the truck.

You could do a piece of scrap with your weathering paint and scan that to match the dust color- the challenge is matching the transparency/opacity.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
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  • From: Fort Worth, TX
Posted by RESlusher on Sunday, December 30, 2018 4:31 PM

Thanks for the info so far, everybody.

@Don:  Couldn't I make the lettering tha same color as the dirt/grime, put those down first, then apply something like a streaking grime pigment (Vallejo or AK Interactive products)?

Richard S.

On the bench:  Revell-Germany MAN 5T Mil GL truck

On deck:  No idea...haven't planned that far ahead!


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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, December 30, 2018 7:54 PM

I have done this a few time's .

After some "trial and error" I hit upon a solution that work's. using a small tiped paintbrush, I dipped it in a jar of Decanted Testor's Dull-cote and hand painted "Wash me" on the rear window of a muddy truck. It looked just like someone had taken their finger's and written it in the mud.

I have also done this to several 1/87 scale Southern Pacific diesel locomotives

I weathered them first, then painted the "Wash me" on the side's ( If you know the Southern Pacific, their loco's tend to get pretty Grimy. )

There's a bit of "Trial and error" to getting just the right  touch to it . Dont load the paintbrush up, just a bit should work. And if it doesn't, you can alway's go back and do it again.

the letter's should look a bit rough, remember, people do this with their hand's so "Imperfect" letter's are what you want.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".





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