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Old 07-17-2006, 07:49 AM   #1  
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Question water slide decal paper - any experience?

Not sure if this is the place to post this but it seemed the best one.

Has anyone ever used water slide decal paper? I think it is mostly used for models and candles. My DH is building his own pedal thing for guitars and wants to put a decal on it. They recommend using water slide decals but I have no experience with them. I hoping someone here has

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Not sure if this is the place to post this but it seemed the best one.

Has anyone ever used water slide decal paper? I think it is mostly used for models and candles. My DH is building his own pedal thing for guitars and wants to put a decal on it. They recommend using water slide decals but I have no experience with them. I hoping someone here has

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Just a little........you wet the decal and backing paper and then you slide the decal onto the surface. I think you would normally just use one of the translucient stickers for something like what you are talking about.
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It's been a loooong time, but I've used them several times. You cut out the decal you want to apply (as close to the design as you can, but neatly) and place it in a tray. After a while, it will lift from the paper (can't remember how long, a minute or so?). *Carefully* lift it out of the tray. Try to keep it on the original backing. Gently slide it off and apply to the surface. Use a soft-bristled paintbrush to brush out any air bubbles. Work from the center out to the edges.

Most likely, you will need to use a sealant to protect it, either a matte or glossy, depending on your preference. I used to use two coats just to be safe.

I hope this makes sense. If it doesn't, you can always go to a local hobby shop. Model railroaders use these to apply decals to their locomotives and rolling stock, and someone there should be able to help.

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Did you print your own? Or were they pre-printed? We would be printing our own. I was wondering if inkjet printers work ok with it in realy life (not the claims of the manufactor KWIM)?
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Yep, you can print your own designs on them. Check this out: http://www.edps.com/product_info.php...roducts_id/190
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Well DH just came home with some -- guess I'll be learning! LOL He was concerned because someone on the site he got his pedal thing from said that Epson's ink does not work with this -- I have an Epson Stylus Photo R800. But I decided I'm not worried since the decal package has an Epson printer on it!

Wish me luck.
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