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Dot filtering before or after decals?
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Colorado, United States
Joined: December 31, 2010
KitMaker: 40 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 02:16 AM UTC
I'm going to try dot filtering for the first time. My model is ready to go except that I don't know whether I should apply the decals before or after the dot filtering. These will be actual decals, not dry transfers, if that makes a difference.
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Texas, United States
Joined: September 04, 2010
KitMaker: 289 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 02:29 AM UTC
IMO after; they will help blend the decals into the overall model. if you apply the decals after you filter they will look even more out of place.
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Florida, United States
Joined: May 16, 2002
KitMaker: 17,694 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 02:30 AM UTC
Apply and seal the decals first. If you don't you, will have a weathered paint finish and bright, clean decals. You want to weather it all the same so the decals blend is and don't look like they were put on after the weathering.
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Wojewodztwo Pomorskie, Poland
Joined: May 26, 2003
KitMaker: 1,208 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 02:31 AM UTC
1. Apply gloss varnish where the decals go
2. Apply decals using decal solution of your choice
3. Wait for the decals to fully dry
4. Apply matt or satin varnish over decals
5. Weather away!

IMHO all decalling should be done before any weathering to be done on a model.

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North Carolina, United States
Joined: June 06, 2006
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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 03:17 AM UTC
Do it after decaling,but give them an acrylic sealer 1st.