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 Post subject: Clear Coat Over Decals?
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 7:44 pm 
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Hello Forum -
Working on an RCA 19K and have gotten to the point where I'm going to float the decals for the knobs on to the front:

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Lacquer will eat these things alive. Luckily they sell extras in the sheet they send. :)

Are there any suggestions for a clear coat that won't shrivel these?

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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 7:48 pm 
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I've used lacquer over decals without problems. Just don't dilute the lacquer with lacquer thinner. If the particular decals your using happen to be sensitive to lacquer, then experiment with a scrap piece of the sheet, to find when and where the sensitivity occurs, then avoid it. Another option is to use clear enamel. Cheers, Russie


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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 10:47 pm 
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Me too on the lacquer over decals. I've only done 3 radios and all decals came from Radio Daze. I use rattle cans. I found I do a better job with the decals if I do a coat of lacquer then 300 paper first. They move around easier for me. Two more coats of lacquer and let it sit a few days. Then I hit it with 300 paper to get the type of sheen I like. I'm no expert on cabinet work for sure. A lot of members here are artist when it comes to that.

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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 10:49 pm 
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Put them on after the first coat of lacquer. Allow plenty of time for the water to evaporate (I usually wait a day) before spraying lacquer over them. Lacquer will not damage them. If you apply them last, the edges will show. If you do it after the first coat, then apply more coats of lacquer, the edges will not show.

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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
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Always starting with mist coats works for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
PostPosted: Dec Mon 02, 2019 4:16 am 
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Thanks for your help gents. Letting the decals sit and dry for 60 minutes is a good idea along with a few dusting coats of lacquer so as not to re-soak them deeply. Good result.

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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
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I have used a product called Deft for years and it does an excellent job. It come in rattle cans as satin , low luster, and high luster. Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Clear Coat Over Decals?
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Good. Now that you have done one, others will be easy. We are fortunate to have suppliers for such water-slide decals! I just got an HMV decal from Peru, and it is just what I needed.

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