I noticed that Testors has their own brand of inkjet decal paper. Since I have been a fan of their Model Masters paints for many years, I thought I would give it a shot. A few weeks ago I ordered an assorted pack online, along with their recommended decal spray sealer, just to be safe. I finally got around to testing the paper last weekend. The results were quite disappointing.
I was surprised to see that the paper was 5″x7″. The description on the web site didn’t specify the paper size, so I assumed they would be 8.5″x11″. The paper came with decal printing software that was pre-loaded with decals for model cars and planes. I decided to just print a sample sheet of these to test, and left it to dry for the recommended 20 minutes. I planned on using my usual brush-on clear coat on some of the decals, and using the Testors spray-on sealer on others, to see if there was a difference. Well the brush-on clear coat made the decal smudge so badly that it became unrecognizable. That never happened with the other two types of decal paper I have tried. So I sprayed the rest of the decals with sealer and let that sit for 24 hours.
When I checked the decals the next day, I noticed that the decals had microscopic cracks all over. The paint had also smeared slightly. I applied one of the skull decals onto a minimate body. You can see the problems with the decal above. I printed some of my decals on a sheet, let them dry, and sprayed them with sealer. I got the same results again. I checked the instructions several times to make sure I wasn’t doing anything wrong, but everything was by the book. Using the decals without sealing them would also cause the toner to run. There doesn’t seem to be a good solution to this problem.
The decals are easy to apply. However they are very glossy – too glossy to blend in with most official minimates. One positive aspect is that they cut easily with a scissors without harming the decal at all, which is different than other brands I have used.
Overall, this decal paper was an oddball. It was a different size than any other decal paper I have seen, and it is incompatible with any brand of sealer, including the recommended one. It might be possible to get it to work correctly, but I don’t think its worth the effort. It was the same price per page as the decal paper I currently use, except the pages are half the size. I say pass on this one.