Making Your Own Custom Decals Pg.#8
Application of the decal onto the surface of the aircraft requires you "lubricate the surface" with water. Water which has a drop or two (2) of dish detergent desolved in it. This softens the water, reducing surface tension, letting a decal "slip" onto the surface from slippery mucilage sheets. One of the names for water based decals is "slip decals". Water suspends a decal above the aircraft surface allowing positioning with your finger tip. Light pressure on the decal will provide enough "grip" to freely move it about.

Look back at the decal application illustration...on page #6...note the water puddled on the aircraft surface to receive the decal as it is slipped off of the paper. This flowing motion is necessary to help the decal lay flat on the surface. Quickly position the decal on aircraft surface and wick moisture from beneath the decal by pressing lightly with Kleenex tissue folded into a square. Spounging quickly fills the tissue. Do not continue to use a soaked tissue as it will disolve, leaving paper fiber on top, or possibly under the edge of your decal.

Simply press straight down onto the decal. Do not drag the tissue across it. Be patient, if the decal appears to have dried out before you are finished, or you discover it is frosting underneath, place a drop of water on the edge of the decal, it will usually wick back under the edge, rewetting decal and making it easy to press down, wicking remaining water out. One method of applying a decal has you turning the mucilage paper over and pressing down on the decal with the slippery side to "squeegie" out excess moisture from under the decal. Be careful not to tear or distort your decal..

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