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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.