More Decal Tips

I have some more experience under my belt since my last post on decals, and I have a few more tips I wanted to share with you:

  1. Put a clear coat on the decals after it has dried on the figure to help strengthen it.
  2. If you leave your figure out to dry, and find a corner of the decal has popped up later, just put a tiny amount of superglue underneath the corner with a toothpick and press it down flat so there are no bubbles.
  3. When you leave white areas on white decal paper and put them on the figure, they will not be perfectly white, but more of a light gray. This effect will be worse if the minimate base is dark. You can see this in the bones on the chest of my Crossbones custom.
  4. Use a sharp hobby knife to cut out the decals. If you use a scissors, the edges can slightly fray, and leave white marks on the decals.
  5. You can paint over the edges of your decals to help them blend with the rest of the figure. Matching the paint colors can be tricky. Check out my previous post on mixing paint.
  6. I have noticed that brushing on clear coat leaves brush stokes when the decal is viewed from a certain angle. One of the websites that makes these decals recommends using a spray-on clear coat instead. I have not tried this yet, but I thought I would pass it on.
  7. Finally, if you have not tried putting on a full face decal yet, let me warn you that it is freaking hard to get it right. On the Rachel Summers figure posted above I blew through five face decals before I got it right. The best method seems to be this: Leave the decal in the water for 30-45 seconds. Put your left thumb on the left side of the decal, and your right thumb on the right side, while supporting the minimate with your other fingers. Slide the decal smoothly onto the head horizontally using both thumbs at the same time. Let me know if you are still having problems with this and I will post a video showing how to do it.

I am happy to announce that next week I will be posting many of the decals I have made for you to download and use. I am hoping this will be a useful resource for you as you make your own customs. Good luck out there!

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8 Responses

  1. Bob Harris says:

    I’m hopefully going to do my first decal-based custom this weekend. I got the sheets and the clear coat and everything. We’ll see. But since I’ll do a face – don’t know, if it has to be a full face one – I’d appreciate your video!

  2. Deadpool says:

    You know, you should let other customizers share their decals if they’d like too. I think we could REALLY get something going here… Thanks!

  3. Luke314pi says:

    That’s a good idea Deadpool! Once I get mine formatted and posted, I will put out a call for contributions.

  4. Cappy says:

    I’ve found my decals transfer better if you: soak them briefly (like 10 seconds), then pull them out of the water and let them sit on the wet backing paper for the remainder of the time before sliding it off.

    Timbo gets credit for teaching me this trick.

  5. winkerbean says:

    Luke, feel free to take mine from the multiverse and use them mate

  6. Luke314pi says:

    Thanks for the tip Cappy, I will give that a shot.

    Winkerbean, thanks for the offer!

  7. TENIME_art says:

    Yes, video, please!! ^_^

  8. bilbofett says:

    Bless you. I don’t have gimp or photoshop, so making my own decals is virtually impossible(plus I tried using photoshop once and couldn’t figure it out). Thanks many times over. 🙂