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It depends on what your preference is. If you have a laser printer and prefer a convenient product to use, laser waterslide decal paper is recommended. If you don’t mind acrylic spraying and have a high resolution photo quality inkjet printer, inkjet waterslide decal paper can produce better printing results.

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In the case of inkjet waterslide decal paper, you must apply a clear acrylic spray coat to protect the ink. You don’t have to use a spray with laser waterslide decal papers, but it is still recommend to apply a polyurethane spray coat after the decal is applied & dried to strengthen the decal. It will also make the decal edges less visible.

In the case of inkjet waterslide decal paper, you must apply a clear acrylic spray coat to protect the ink when putting the decal in the water. Most inkjet printers use water-based ink.

You can use white waterslide decal paper and then will have to cut very precisely to prevent it from looking bad. Otherwise you will need a special printer with white toner/ink to print a white background colour before printing other colours.

Carefully cut your decal to shape and place it in a saucer of cold water and leave to soak for 30 seconds or so, until the decal has released from the backing paper. Do not try to “force” (forcefully slide) the decal from the backing paper until it has fully released as this may stretch the varnish or cause it to break.
Slide the decal off the backing paper directly onto the surface you are applying it to. For larger decals it can be easier to slide the edge of the decal off the sheet first and then, whilst holding it in position, pull the backing paper away from underneath. Whilst the decal is still wet manoeuver it into its final resting position, ensuring that you have worked any air bubbles out to the edges. Using kitchen towel or soft tissue, carefully squeegee out any remaining bubbles and wipe away excess water and leave to dry for several hours in a warm place.
For best results, and to ensure the decal fits snugly over bumps and complex curves, use of a decal setting solution is strongly recommended. This will also help the edges of the transfer film to blend smoothly into your paintwork. There are a few fixing solutions available online, and I have found ‘Mr. Marks Softer’ to be one of the better ones. Brush the solution onto the area where you will be applying the decal and slide the transfer over this. Then brush some setting solution over the top of the transfer using a single brush stroke as too many brush strokes may cause the inks to bleed. Don’t be alarmed if the decal wrinkles up as these wrinkles will reduce, and pull the decal down firmly to the surface when fully dried. Then, leave to dry for several hours and do not touch the decal, or the surrounding paintwork, for several hours to allow everything to fully harden.
Transfers should only be applied to grease free, clean, glossy surfaces. If you require a matte finish to your model, spray over it with a suitable matte varnish after the transfer has been fitted and has dried thoroughly. As with all transfers, it is recommended that you coat them with a clear varnish after application to seal them in position and protect them indefinitely. Care needs to be taken if our decals are printed in metallic inks, as the metallic effect can be affected if you use a solvent based varnish. Water-based acrylic or 2-pack varnishes are recommended for these, but always ensure you have performed a test first to ensure there are no adverse effects to your finished piece.

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Both inkjet waterslide decal paper and laser waterslide decal paper will work well. Laser decal paper is easy and convenient to use but requires a reliable laser printer which can handle 200+gsm which is normally more expensive than an inkjet printer, inkjet decal paper requires one more step (spray coat) but is more cost effective.

You need to verify if your printer can handle 200gsm or thicker paper because waterslide decal paper is a lot thicker than normal paper. The backing paper itself is 170gsm and it will be around 200gsm including the decal film etc.

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You can use clear decal paper if the surface colour of your item is white or bright coloured, or need to use white decal paper and cut very precisely if the surface colour is dark.

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Yes you can order from our international site, www.drdecalmrhyde.com

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You can use white waterslide decal paper and then will have to cut very precisely to prevent it from looking bad. Otherwise you will need a special printer with white toner/ink to print a white background colour before printing other colours.

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We can print the decals for you if :
* your design does not involve any special colours such as white or metallic colours and
* it is to be used on a white or bright coloured surface and
* you can send us A4 size ready to print graphic file (pdf, jpg or png)

If you want waterslide decals for a white or bright surface, please order from https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/waterslide-decal-printing-services-laser-acrylic-blue-backing-film-free-decal-paper/
Or if you are looking for gold/silver (mono colour) waterslide decals, please order from https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/a4-size-metallic-waterslide-decal-printing-services/
Or if you want mono white colour waterslide decals, please order from https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/white-colour-printing-blue-backing-a4-size/
Please read through the instructions before you place an order.

If you want mixed colour decals including white or metallic, please contact www.decalspecialists.com.au They will be able to help you.

It may have happened if the candles you used were too oily. Some of the options you can try are:

  • use warm water (nice to do)
  • use gelatine to enhance the adhesion (nice to do), FYI, some of my customers dip candles in wax after they have applied decals
  • use a proper rubber squeegee and apply more pressure on the edges of decals (must do)
  • use warm water (nice to do)
  • apply another overcoats, especially on the edges, after the decal has completely dried

If you still have the same problem, try different brand candles.

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My decal products are decorative and not dishwasher safe. Firing decals have to be used for products to be safe for food serving. Printing firing decals requires very special printing systems and cannot be done with a laser printer / inkjet printer. The only exception is iron-oxide printing using HP laser printer and so called ‘Bel-Type’ decal paper https://drdecalmrhyde.com/shop/waterslide-decal-paper-firing-bel-type-laser-printers-a4/
I don’t specialise in ‘how iron-oxide printing works’ but all I can tell you is I have quite a few customers produce firing decals using a HP laser printer, the Bel Type decal paper and a kiln (for firing at 800+C). You can google this to find more detailed information.

In case of laser waterslide decals, just any polyurethane spray will do as long as it is crystal clear. Some of my customers use nitrocellulose as well.

If you use inkjet watreslide decal paper, you have to use clear acrylic spray. Normally we recommend ‘Crystal Clear Acrylic’ spray, White knight.

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The thickness of both inkjet and laser decal film is about 13 microns and that of the backing paper is about 200gsm.

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Our product are made of paper (pulp), polyurethane, starch and acrylic. Nothing from animal.

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Yes we do have size of 1 x 30 M rolls for solvent printers.

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Yes we do have A3 stocks of inkjet waterslide decal paper and laser waterslide decal paper but it cannot be ordered online as our online standard size is A4. Please email to sales@drdecalmrhyde.com.au and advise me what product and how many A3 sheets you want to order. Then we will reply you with a quote.

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The waterslide products we supply are:

  • Inkjet Waterslide Decal Paper / Laser Waterslide Decal Paper – General use for candles, plastic models, guitar decals and many other applications
  • Magic Coating Film – Used with inkjet decal paper and it replaces acrylic spray coat and makes stronger finish
  • Laser Waterslide Blue Backing – For white ink/toner printers (i.e. OKI white toner printer and ALPS printers)
  • Laser Waterslide Acrylic – For small scale decals for plastic models
  • Laser Waterslide Super Thin – For plastic models and very small scale decals
  • Laser Waterslide Film Free – For ceramic & glass decals. It can be used for any glossy surface items which can be heat applied
  • DIY Metallic Gold / Silver Waterslide – Mono colour Gold/Silver for guitars or candles and many other applications
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If you have a laser printer, you can use https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/laser-water-slide-decal-paper-copy/

Or if you have an inkjet printer, https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/inkjet-water-side-decal-paper/

You will have to apply clear spray overcoat such as epoxy coat to protect the decals.

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It is possible if the surface is glossy coated or painted. If it is raw wood,

  • the surface must be well sanded and flat
  • you have to apply thin spread of our flexi glue to the surface
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If you have a laser printer, you can use https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/laser-water-slide-decal-paper-copy/

Or if you have an inkjet printer, https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/inkjet-water-side-decal-paper/

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You will have to apply clear overcoat to protect the decals on the flat ornaments and I think you can apply waterslide decals to spherical bauble only if it is big or flat. When it is tiny ball shape, it gets very hard to apply waterslide decals.

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It will last very long years if the watch is not much exposed to the sun. Generally, laser waterslide decal lasts longer than inkjet one.

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The thicknesses of backing decal paper are:

  • Blue Backing Decal Paper – 200 to 210 gsm
  • Other Decal Paper – 180 to 200 gsm

The thicknesses of decal film are:

  • Standard Waterslide Decal Paper – 13 microns
  • Super Thin Waterslide Decal Paper – 8 Microns
  • Thick Waterslide Decal paper for Wrapping Candles – 23 Microns
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Around 1 minute should be ok. There is no harm to keep the decal paper in the water for longer time but at least 30 seconds or longer is recommended.

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In case of inkjet printers – ‘Thick Glossy Photo Paper’, ‘Premium Photo Paper’ or similar option

For laser printers – ‘Heavyweight Glossy Paper’, ‘Transparency Film’ or similar option

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I would suggest you to try our standard waterslide decal paper.

If you have a laser printer, you can use https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/laser-water-slide-decal-paper-copy/

Or if you have an inkjet printer, https://drdecalmrhyde.com.au/shop/inkjet-water-side-decal-paper/

It is recommended to apply clear spray overcoat to protect the decals.

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They all are for laser printers.

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