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Decal Printing Question
« on: September 22, 2016, 02:45:23 PM »
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Some decals have film only under the printed artwork.

Is this a vastly more complex manufacturing process?

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Re: Decal Printing Question
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2016, 03:41:18 PM »
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Not really, but you need special equipment (not easily done for home-printed decals).

Blank decal paper used by the decal manufacturers is just paper coated with a thin layer of water soluble adhesive.

The clear film is just another liquid "color" layer applied to the blank decal paper.  If the decals are done using silk-screening process (what Microscale uses) the clear areas are applied first, before the subsequent printings of color inks.

I guess nowadays there are probably decal producers using some sort of ink jet printing which can also print clear film before the colors get printed.
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Re: Decal Printing Question
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016, 04:06:19 PM »
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Thanks!