Headstock Decals

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Headstock Decals

Postby Andrew McSpadden » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:24 am

I am having trouble with cloudiness underneath my headstock decals. I am using Testors paper and Enduro Var. Any hint, tips, or sources for better product?


If this belongs in Finishing please let me know.
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Re: Headstock Decals

Postby Chris Richards » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:15 am

Quite often with cellulose lacquer this happens, initially when slid in to place the decal will be cloudy but the subsequent coats of lacquer lacquer will make the decal transparent, once the lacquer is sprayed over it will still appear cloudy but within 5 minutes it should go clear. I have found that old waterslide paper is worse, may be just buying new stuff will help.
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Re: Headstock Decals

Postby Mark Swanson » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:33 am

In order to make that happen you need to spray just the right thickness of lacquer. The lacquer needs to "melt in" the decal, to make the film and cloudiness go away. Too much or too thick lacquer will melt the decal and blur it, and not enough will not melt in the film.
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Re: Headstock Decals

Postby Freeman Keller » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:30 am

There is a brief article on waterslide decals in the back of the latest issue of American Lutherie. You might contact the people who wrote it. (Disclaimer, I don't do decals, just passing along the information)
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Re: Headstock Decals

Postby Peter Wilcox » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:52 pm

Make sure the substrate is flat and polished with no defects.
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