Re: decals on wood
Ralph W. Brown
It has been quite some time since I last applied decal to a car, but I had no problems with either decals or dry transfers.
The decal were Champ or perhaps Walthers, and the dry transfers were from Clover House.
In at least one case, I applied dry transfers to a Central Valley car that came with pre-panted side and end pieces.
Most car were spray painted with Floquil or in a few cases Scalecoat (I), using a now long gone Badger single action air brush and cans of Propel (what a pain). At some point I started using Scalecoat sanding sealer prior to assembly and painting, not necessarily in that order. I used a setting solution on decals, Solvaset if memory serves. I later began using a flat finish over everything, probably also Floquil, but not initially. Dullcote was not yet in my quiver at the time.
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532
From: Bruce Smith
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 2:36 PM
Subject: [RealSTMFC] decals on wood
I could use some help. I have been working on an ABC USRA gondola with an
undec IM kit (in HO) and I'm getting near the end. I have the decals for this
car from the ACl/SBD/SCL HS. Most of the lettering goes on the wood sides and as
many of you know, this kit has actual wood sides. I have painted these black
with Model Master enamel, sanded them, and painted on a a second coat. The paint
is flat and so my plan is to give a third coat with Future and proceed to decal.
My question is, are 3 coats (2 paint, 1 future) good enough to seal the wood and
get good decal performance, or do I need more coats of paint to seal