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Applying Fred Cady Decals

 
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Rob Spires
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:27 pm    Post subject: Applying Fred Cady Decals Reply with quote

Hey guys, I came into the hobby during the Slixx era, so Iíve never used a set of Cady decals, but now is the time. Are there any particular tips to for layering them or any gotchas I need to look out for?

Do you find itís better to lay the outlines first to get the right positioning, or should I begin with the background color and layer ďupĒ?

I can already see at least one instance where I might need to switch up the layering, but any tips for general best practices are certainly appreciated!
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spooker



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always place the background first, then the border or shadow. Sometimes a sponsor logo with 3 or 4 layers requires some thought before applying. Fred's decals were the first aftermarket decals I ever used, and I've always found them to be very forgiving and easy to apply. Solvaset has always worked well for me. The key is patience, both with the first layers drying thoroughly and with the Solvaset. They will really wrinkle up but almost always dry perfectly flat and adhered well. They also seem to age better than most other decals, I've used some over 25 years old with no problems.

Brian
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything spooker said X2.
-Bobby
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Rob Spires
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Spooker and Bobby. Great info. I will be using Solvaset, so good to know that it works well. No concerns about the Solvaset messing up the layer under it? Of course I will wait until it is completely dry...

Thanks again for the info. I know Fred was a pioneer in aftermarket decals, so itís cool to be using one of his sheets.
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George Andrews



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Double agree on the Solvaset. Also try to trim the decal film as close to the artwork as possible. A SHARP pair of scissors is a must here - look at a JoAnn Fabric of Michaels Arts & Crafts for FISKAR brand. Kinda pricey but worth it.
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Rob Spires
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip George, fortunately I have some good scissors.

I laid the first layer last night, and you guys were right about the Solvaset. It started working almost instantly. I actually tore one of the decals with the Solvaset brush while I was applying it. Itís THAT fast...

One other takeaway is how thin they are. I had to be really careful to watch for edges curling under since theyíre so thin.

All in all it went well, though, and Iím looking forward to seeing it really come alive with the second layer tonight,
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