DECALS TO SUBSTRATES
all decals as closely as possible.
the decal in the vessel of warm water. Water for wetting the decals can be taken
straight from the hot water tap and should be between 85/95 degrees. When the
decal is immersed in the water it will curl up and then in a few seconds it will
flatten out. It is at this point the decal is ready to be safely slid from the
carrier sheet onto the substrate.
the decal to the substrate by sliding it from the carrier sheet onto the
substrate. Blot carefully with a paper towel or spnge,
to remove excess water. Fold a clean sheet of paper towel to a size that just
covers the image and press straight down to blot. Using the now dampened paper
towel apply light pressure to the center of the decal and work outward in all
directions to force out excess water from under the decal and smooth it out. Do
a final overall blot of the decal.
the carrier sheet into a waste container away from (under) the work
the imaged substrate aside to dry for four hours.
Decals when wet are somewhat delicate and
should be handled as gently as possible to avoid wrinkling, folding or tearing.
After applying a few to substrates, you will acquire the
only one decal at a time. Prolonged retention in the water bath liberates to much of the mucilage attaching the decal to the carrier
sheet and weakens the decal.
decals to a concave or convex surface requires more care than applying to a flat
surface. The decals tend to "wrinkle" and extra care must be employed to smooth
them out and remove excess water. Dipping your fingers in water aids the
smoothing process. pre-wetting the substrate also
imaging several pieces of substrate at one sitting be
sure to frequently change the water; because after soaking several decals it
will become saturated with the mucilage that adheres the decal to the carrier
sheet, plus if the water is too cool the mucilage will not loosen enough to
allow the decal to separate easily from the carrier sheet.
sure the substrate to be imaged is laying flat before
you begin sliding the decal from the carrier sheet onto
the decal and carrier sheet very close to the substrate and as parallel as
possible. Being right handed; I grasp the decal with my left hand and slide the
carrier sheet out with my right hand.
wet the decal can be moved (carefully) to position it as desired. DO NOT LIFT to
reposition, just slide it.
When imaging opposite sides of a substrate; allow the substrate to sit for 15/20
minutes between each decal being applied. Substrate must then dry for four hours
after last decal is applied
the substrate in an oven.
oven to 350 degrees, load the imaged pieces and cure for 15
the end of the curing cycle remove the pieces and set aside to