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Applying Decals Over Irregular Surfaces

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  • Member since
    August, 2017
Applying Decals Over Irregular Surfaces
Posted by laskdjn on Friday, January 19, 2018 9:28 AM

So, I'm on the decal phase of the Revell 1:48 F-15E, and I'm trying to place the green/white strip at the top of the vertical stabilizer.  The problem I'm having is that it's an irregular surface and no matter what I try, I just cannot get the decal to settle down over top of the surface.  No amount of micro-sol or solvaset will get it to settle in. 

Even if I adjust it such that it fits around this long bulge at the rear of the stabilizer, I get a wrinkle in the decal right front of where the bulge begins.

So, my question is this:  How do you guys get decals to settle in around very irregular surfaces without getting wrinkles and without damaging the decal?

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, January 19, 2018 9:53 AM

I use two methods.  Often slitting the decal at the edge helps, especially for a single curvature area.  Or, if paint available matches the color of the decal, I will just trim the decal off at the end, and paint it.  Sheens will likely not match, but a clearcoat evens out the edge.  There are occasions where a kit decal just plain will not work, as on an ogive nose (double curvature area with sharp curves). In this case painting is a better solution than carving up the decal and trying to get it to set.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    August, 2017
Posted by laskdjn on Friday, January 19, 2018 10:07 AM

Yeah, it's a very weird surface.  If you look at the trail edge of the stripe at the top of the vertical stabilzer in the picture I have linked, you'll see the curvature I'm talking about.  I'm probably going to have to just paint it.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 19, 2018 10:26 AM

Painting it is a good option. In fact the more that can be painted, the more control you have over weathering and a scale look.

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, January 19, 2018 4:55 PM
Also agree best bet mask it off and paint it



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