Review: Bake-On Decals

When I ran out of decal paper a few weeks ago, I started looking at all the different options available online. One product that caught my eye was the Bake-On Waterslide Decal Paper by Papilio. The difference between this paper and standard waterslide decal paper is that after you apply the decal and let it dry, you bake it in the oven for 25 minutes. An additional chemical reaction takes place and the decal is supposedly stronger. I ordered a pack and put it to the test.

The first thing I noticed is that these decals are MUCH easier to apply. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to apply a face decal after struggling with the other decal paper so much. This paper is slightly prone to tearing, but I experienced no stretching or warping. I usually go through three or four face decals before I get it right, but with this paper I got it right the first time almost every time.

The instructions say to bake it at 325° for 15 minutes. From my experience, this temperature is too high for minimate plastic. It screws up the joints. I decided to bake mine at 225° instead, since I have used that temperature before and I know its safe. I did remove any non-decaled parts to save stress on the joints. I also increased the baking time to 25 minutes to make up for the lower temperature.

After one day I didn’t notice much difference between the decals I applied with this paper versus the standard paper. But after four days the difference was clear. This paper is definitely stronger than the standard paper. A quick swipe of a toothpick ruined a standard decal, but did no damage to the bake-on decal. They are still not as strong as official minimates, but I think this is as close as we will be able to get, especially if you coat them with clear coat.

I highly recommend using this paper over the standard waterslide paper. The website I purchased it from is here. It looks like they only offer the bake-on decals for laser printers, and not inkjet printers. However, perhaps the ease of applying the decals wasn’t limited to the bake-on decals. Perhaps all of the decals this company produces are easier to apply. The standard ones might not be quite as strong, but as long as you aren’t banging the minimates together they should hold up just fine.

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11 Responses

  1. TM2 Dinobot says:

    Amazing. I have absolutely got to try this!

  2. Cappy says:

    So the company lists a “bake on water slide” paper and also a “bake on white wate slide” paper. Does that mean they sell it in transparent? If so, which did you use?

    And I do like the subject matter of your bake-on test run. 🙂

  3. TENIME_art says:

    Tutorial? Recommendations? Warnings? #^_^#

  4. Luke314pi says:

    Cappy, the one that is not labeled White is their transparent paper. I use the white paper for my decals, but some people prefer the transparent.

    TENIME, these apply the same way as the standard waterslide decals that I demonstrated in an earlier video. They are simply stronger, and therefore more awesome. 🙂

  5. TENIME_art says:

    Lol…How do you put the ‘Mate in the oven, without it melting? I’d imagine a cookie sheet would be a horrible idea…

  6. Luke314pi says:

    At that low of a temperature the plastic is not really affected. I use a small glass cookie sheet, and it does not damage minimates at all.

  7. TENIME_art says:

    Had another question:

    I was telling a friend about wanting to be able to do these myself, and he was under the impression that a lazer printer only prints in black & white.

    Obviously, I knew this was crap.

    So, what I’d like to know is: what kind of printer do you have/use? Make/Model/SRP?

  8. Luke314pi says:

    I use my work computer, which is a Ricoh Aficio C3500. It is a beast of a printer than cost several thousand dollars. I am lucky to have access to it.

  9. TENIME_art says:

    Crap. Well, that sucks. T_T”

    But if these are made for hobbyists, wouldn’t they work on printers that average Joe could afford?

    And, when my friend said it, that was the first time in my life I’d ever heard of a laser printer ONLY printing in black & white…

  10. Luke314pi says:

    You can use the bake-on decals on any color laser printer. I’m not an expert on printers though, so I don’t really know of any affordable color laser printers for consumers.

    Soon I plan on ordering a set of the inkjet decals from this company. I have a theory that their ease-of-use isn’t limited to the laser bake-on decals. I will make a new post once I am able to try them out.

  11. TENIME_art says:

    Sweetness. Thanks, man! ^_^