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Detail and Weathering Part I:
1: I purchased an 50' Athern BNSF boxcar, here it is, new and untouched. I then sprayed it with testors glosscoat and waited 24 hours to dry completely.
2: I used microscale waterslide graffiti decals...
3: Be sure to cut the decals as close to the ink as possible.
4: Microsol and Microset are key to quality decal adhesion. Also, keep your workspace somewhat tidy.
5: I soaked the decal in warm (85°+) water for 60 seconds, the backing (blue) should loosen slightly.
6: Using a brush dipped in Microset, slide the decal on to the Model. NOTE: I coated the Model with a glosscoat (step 1) to improve adhesion of the decal. Rough surfaces don't work.
7: Once the decal has dried completely (in about 6-24 hours depending), *gently* apply liberal amounts of Microsol. This softens the decal and allows it to "settle" in the contours of the Model. Ribbed boxcars are always a challenge.
8: Prototype photo of a boxcar near the same number range. I think I'll hand paint the rest of the graffiti (part no. II). While decals provide sharp lines and quick results, they're limited in variety and can be challenging. Thanks for reading this far, feedback is always appriciated. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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