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Post by Clonecommando007 on Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:22 pm

Well, since slapping decals on figures is possibly one of the funnest things ever, I'd like to try to write my own Decal 101 thread. Granted, I've only ever done it to one figure, and half of the decals broke, but my dad also builds model planes and puts decals on stuff virtually every day.

Decal Paper.
If you order a decal from a buisness like Fine Clonier, your decal will already come on decal paper. However, if you want to buy decal paper and print up your own decals, try this website: http://www.tangopapadecals.com/prod01.htm

Preparing a figure.
You need to prepare the figure you're putting a decal on before you put the decal on. Many of us have 'naked figures', meaning they have no printing whatsoever. However, many of us, similarly, do not. So: Before getting your decal out, find the right leg color, torso base color (The color of the sides of the torso is what color the plastic is, not the front), and belt color. If you are doing a clone trooper decal, get out a clone trooper, standard white. Now, go to the hobby store, and find a product called 'brasso'. It is used to clean brass pots, and to clean off the printing on minifigures. Spread the brasso on a rag and rub hard against the minifig torso. It should come off.

Putting the decal on.
Get out the figure decals on the decal paper. With a very sharp knife, but small, cut around the edges of the decal. Every single one. Make sure not to cut into the decal. Now, with everything cut out, go get a small bowl and fill it halfway up with warm water. Now get some tweezers. Grasp the decal you want with the tweezers on the side. Gently, but firmly, lower the decal into the water. Hold it there for about a minute. Now take it out. Make sure you have dissasembled your figure before. Now lay the decal, face down, against your thumb. Slide the decal backing paper off, it will be a bluish color. Trash it. With the decal still on your thumb, apply the slightly damp application surface (minifig torso, legs, arms...Whatever) to the back of the decal. The decal will adhear to the minifig. Now, with a cotton swap, slide the decal exactly into place. Make sure not to wrinkle. Let dry for several minutes.

Making your own decals.

Torso design:

1.422 cm Wide
1.201 cm Tall

Leg designs:

1.4 cm Wide
1.1 cm Tall

Belt design:

1.4 cm Wide
0.2 cm Tall
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Post by Clone Commander Bacara on Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:57 pm

CC007, do not hold it in the water, just dip it in the water for 5-10 seconds then let it soak on a flat surface for 1-2 minutes. I should know, I've done 100+ decal transfers on minifigs. Also, If you buy decal paper, you will need to by sealant or else the decals will rub off.



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Post by astoriabluelegos on Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:20 am

Clone Commander Bacara wrote:CC007, do not hold it in the water, just dip it in the water for 5-10 seconds then let it soak on a flat surface for 1-2 minutes. I should know, I've done 100+ decal transfers on minifigs. Also, If you buy decal paper, you will need to by sealant or else the decals will rub off.

Yeah I was wondering about that, so CCB what do you recomend? Also do you need a sealant for Kam's Decals? Smile Blue Arc
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Post by Clonecommando007 on Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:43 am

I followed kam's instructions and held it in for a minute, but CCB has done them MANY more times than I have. I've only done it to one figure. Laughing

You don't need a sealant, but I would suggest not handling the figure to much. I have mine in a display case.

I know all this 'cause my dad had hundreds of model airplanes and he uses decals for all of them. Smile
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Post by Clone Commander Bacara on Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:54 pm

You will need sealant if you want to print your own decals.
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Post by Uberlag on Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:03 am

If a torso has printing on it will the decal not stick? because I have this white torso with a really tiny picture on it and I'm wondering if its a problem or not.
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Post by DarthPineapple on Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:28 am

Uberlag wrote:If a torso has printing on it will the decal not stick? because I have this white torso with a really tiny picture on it and I'm wondering if its a problem or not.

No it won't. However, waterslide decals are transparent, so if you want to ut a big watersilde decal on something, you'd better remove the printing. That last is why I use my own stickers, no removal is needed, and I can peel them off again.
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Post by Clonecommando007 on Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:33 pm

Fordo Yo! Brasso would be the product to remove this with. Fordo Yo!
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Post by DarthPineapple on Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:04 pm

Oh yes, I forgot to say that. Thanks CC007. Smile
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Post by Uberlag on Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:07 pm

Couldnt I just paint the torso white? and Pineapple, what stickers?
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Post by DarthPineapple on Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:25 pm

Uberlag wrote:Couldnt I just paint the torso white? and Pineapple, what stickers?

1. You can, but it looks very ugly, I think.
2. What do you mean?
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Post by Uberlag on Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:38 pm

DarthPineapple wrote:
That last is why I use my own stickers, no removal is needed, and I can peel them off again.
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Post by DarthPineapple on Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:44 pm

Uberlag wrote:
DarthPineapple wrote:
That last is why I use my own stickers, no removal is needed, and I can peel them off again.

I buy some standard stickers sheets in the store, and them print them myself. I don't use waterslide decals.
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Post by Rook on Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:29 pm

Green Excellent! Thanks for the info. Green
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Re: Decal Paper/Decals for Novices

Post by Uberlag on Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:42 am

They sell sticker sheets? Like paper-stickers or the real stickers? And at what store?

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Post by DarthPineapple on Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:49 am

Uberlag wrote:They sell sticker sheets? Like paper-stickers or the real stickers? And at what store?

Not the ones you get from Lego, I use paper-stickers, because they can be peeled off again. Just go look in a bookshop or so, I think you have the most chance in there.
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Post by cln-cmndo on Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:57 pm

DarthPineapple wrote:
Uberlag wrote:
DarthPineapple wrote:
That last is why I use my own stickers, no removal is needed, and I can peel them off again.

I buy some standard stickers sheets in the store, and them print them myself. I don't use waterslide decals.




I do the same thing! Smile
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Post by astoriabluelegos on Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:36 pm

If I could get stickers to work, I would use them as well... Roll Eyes Blue Arc
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Post by DarthPineapple on Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:32 am

astoriabluelegos wrote:If I could get stickers to work, I would use them as well... Roll Eyes Blue Arc

It's not hard. Can't you find where to buy them or what?
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Post by cln-cmndo on Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:31 pm

Clone Commander Bacara wrote:You will need sealant if you want to print your own decals.



Would a clear paint work? :scratch:
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Post by DarthPineapple on Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:33 pm

cln-cmndo wrote:
Clone Commander Bacara wrote:You will need sealant if you want to print your own decals.



Would a clear paint work? :scratch:

We are talking about decals, not paint.
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Post by cln-cmndo on Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:55 pm

DarthPineapple wrote:
cln-cmndo wrote:
Clone Commander Bacara wrote:You will need sealant if you want to print your own decals.



Would a clear paint work? :scratch:

We are talking about decals, not paint.

As a sealant? (No more words were required for this post.)


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Post by ARC CloneTrooper141 on Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:34 am

Could someone resize my ARC decals for me please?

I dont have any program like fireworks or flash to do it. =[
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Post by Rook on Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:05 pm

How do you plan to print them? You should be able to select your print size when you print them on to a decal sheet.
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Post by Uberlag on Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:04 pm

Well, to maintain all the detail you lower the size, like when I print out Kam's decals, I resize them to 24%.
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