How to decal professionally
1. First off, the tools you will need, semi old paint brush, cotton wool buds, scissors, tweezers, blade, water and micro sol & set.
2. You will need to make sure the surface of the model is nice smooth and glossy (I give my models 2 to 3 coats of future after painting and leaving for a day to cure).
3. Use the tweezers to dip the decal in the water and lay down on a flat surface.
4. Apply micro set to the surface you wont to add your decal to, this will help soften your decal to help conform to the models recessed panel lines and help adhesion.
5. Slide the decal on to the area you want the decal with your finger and adjust with finger, toothpick or blade
6. Apply more micro set on top for the same reasons as stated in step 4
7. Leave to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes to let the micro set do its work, you may notice a bit of wrinkling
8. ROLL a cotton wool bud over the decal lightly to remove water and air from under the decal.
9. Apply micro sol with a paint brush, this is what will make your decal have that painted on look as if it was not even a decal, it will help adhesion and conform to panel lines.
10. after about 5 minutes the decal will wrinkle, do not do anything at this stage, let the micro sol do its work and wait about 20 minutes when its part dry and no wrinkles.
11. Prick in to any air bubbles
12. Repeat steps 9 & 10
13. With a blade cut in to the panel lines carefully and make small cuts were there is any silvering
14. Repeat steps 9 & 10
15. Keep repeating steps 13 & 14 until all your panel lines are conformed with your decal and all silvering has gone
16. Micro sol will leave behind a sticky substance that will give you problems when applying coats of future, simply take a clean cloth then spit and polish, make sure to leave your decals for about 45 minutes to dry before doing this stage.
17. Apply two coats of future to seal your decals in with a third coat concentrated on the decals
18. Job done