Trying to do this with large pieces will create wrinkling, folding over of the decal, or worse, tearing. Topcoats are clear paints, so those environmental factors are important. Once the decal has been dried completely it's time to apply some top coat to help protect it. As such I generally suggest that builders avoid them all together. Matte top coat seals the applied panel lines. DESCRIPCIÓN. Using your tweezers carefully push and pull the decal into place. 0 review(s) | Add your review $ 10.00 $ 10.00 $ 10.00 Option not available.  Redditor? This means that the area of the decal is predefined and you do not need to worry about excess white space. This gives me a chance to fix any air bubbles or work the decal into panel lines. After application they can easily be scraped up a little bit with a toothpick to give it a very realistic worn feel. They're cheap to produce and very easy to apply. Separating parts (legs, waist, arms, head) is better than extending the parts when top coating. Top coat (Mr. Hobby recommended) can be used to protect applied decals. The joints will have higher friction and thus be tighter. Wonder wtf Bandai's marketing team was thinking, and more! Top coating Gunpla is basically a nine-step process. They're absolutely not forgiving. We are the premier destination for all your Gunpla and model kit needs. If you've dried out the decal too much you can add a drop or two of water on top, let it seep in underneath, and should be able to freely move it again. I would flat coat first before applying those type of stickers. Matte top coat seals the applied panel lines. Top coat does not need long to dry and because its based on lacquer paint which is most durable type of paint and the fastest to dry on a warm day just give it 10~15min to dry and it should be all good. Water slide decals require more effort than stickers or dry rub decals and there's a bit of a skill curve. Line up whatever is still on the the sheet with what's been applied and proceed to step 3. Since the parts move around you will not be able to paint it entirely in one sitting. So, covering it with something is unnecessary. +15. Gunpla: Question about micro set and micro sol Anime and Manga - Gundam This is a split board - You can return to the Split List for other boards. Top coats also come in Flat and Gloss. If the decal rests over any detail lines I carefully cut along that line with a hobby knife before applying that second application of solution. ... i just followed a fellow Gunpla … What is Gunpla?Buying Kits & First, I would like to apologize that it took this long for me to get started. Water slide decals are the most prevalent, are fairly easy to apply, and look fantastic. Then again, those type of foil stickers always ruined the illusion of these models and I would just recommend painting them all together anyway. thanks for asking these questions i've thought about top coating a few times but wasn't sure how to go about it this helps a lot. small stickers used for fine details), so they often look pretty good even without painting. Want to see what kits and builds I'm getting into? The plan is, build the kit, apply the decals, apply Mr. Mark Softer on the decals and apply semi-gloss top coat. I'm pretty sure that they're all basically watered down vinegar. 2)Correct. Just make sure to shake the can very well before you use it and in between parts for at least 1 minute. I know for sure I will do it to the Sazabi and Moon. Where a good decal will have edges that contour to the design stickers are generally blocky with a lot of extra white space. An optional step here is to use a bit of Testors' Decal Set, Micro Set, or similar product. Clear stickers can employ added detail to your Gunpla kit, and they are the easiest to apply compared to the other two types of decals; this is because they work in the same way as the foil stickers that are usually included in HG kits. Just added some nice stone color decals on my hull & need to protect them. Dry rub decals are very easy to apply but take a bit of skill and patience to get lined up properly. If that begins to happen there's no turning back. Either way, they're meant to clean up the spot you're going to apply the decal. Dull surfaces will allow lots of little air bubbles underneath giving the clear parts a silvery appearance. This will press it onto the model. Place the decal in a bit of water and let sit for 10-20 seconds. Have Gunpla questions? Overdoing this process could result in damaging the whole part. On the one hand, RG have a pre-built inner frame but you have to work with smaller pieces and if you apply the stickers, there's more of them, on the other hand, most MG make you build the inner frame but you work with bigger pieces and you have dry transfers (in addition to stickers) which are slower to apply. Once the decal is in a place you're comfortable with it's time to apply some MicroSol. ... Mr. Hobby Gundam Marker Color Metallic Color Shift Clear / Top Coat Weathering Primer Thinner Tool Cleaner ... Newtype Swag Clothing Decals Gift Card Stickers Information. *4.) When applying the decal I like to hold it just off from where I want. If you spray sections like arms, legs, or torso you can typically get 2 MGs per can unless it is something with lots of accessories like fin funnels on the Nu Gundam. It would be nice to answer these as if taking an exam. Make sure you spray a thin mist coat first If you apply a thick layer of topcoat (even acrylic) it can smudge up your panel lines, 3) Correct. Using your paint brush (make sure it's clean!) 6) No need to soak the can. For the second topcoat spray the joints first but then this time spray the armor parts. With the decal cut along that line the solution should work it's way in and help form the decal against the lines. Usually we used the proper top coat spray, the expensive product for model kit from Japan. Xin Chao to anyone reading this! The first Gunpla kits were sold in 1980 in Japan.Gunpla kits consist of several trays of parts or \"runners\" that either snap-fit (most post-1990 models) or require glue (older models prior to 1990) to put together. You see I’m into gunpla and I haven’t tried the water slide decals. Just as with the “why”, the number of answers for “when” can certainly vary from those above. Thank you in advance to people who can enlighten me with answers. Some cans are under less pressure so you can move in closer, around 25cm / 10". . Masking tape is the easiest method of choice. View. First, prepare to spray your Gunpla model. The trade off is great for folks working on weathered kits. March 4, 2014 12:15 am. The decal needs to fully saturate before it will slide off the backing. Looking to build a Gundam model? You won't ever want to go closer than that for topcoating purposes. Applying decals is another great way. There are several sites where you can create your own decals or buy pre-designed sets, a favorite of mine being Samuel Decal. Once you have it where you want it carefully remove any leftover water with your paper towel by adding and pressing the piece against the kit. It's simple, easy and a great way to customize your kit's appearance. If there are any bubbles under the decal they should be obvious after applying another dab of solution. Putting flat top coats on glossy paints or glossy top coat on flat paints can produce semi gloss or matte or satin finishes. Correct again, break down into the smallest sections that you can (without taking the whole thing apart piece by piece obviously) as this will allow you the easiest application of your topcoat so you get even coverage over all parts. Availability. The final top-coat determines your finish. Gunpla are manufactured by Bandai in Japan, or China, which has an exclusive license in manufacturing and marketing the kits around the world. If using matte/flat-finish top coat, it is advisable not to spray on the clear/translucent parts - can be done by masking or spraying top coat while the said parts are separated. Panel lining and top coats are simple and great ways to spruce up a kit. It's very important that you do not press the decal against the piece until you have things lined up or the decal may start to transfer before you're ready. I just bought some Tamiya TS-80 flat clear and on the top it states that I shouldn't spray it on decals and stickers. Meanwhile make sure the surface you're going to apply the decal is clean. Use your hobby knife to carefully cut out the decal you want to apply. While stronger than water slide decals they're still susceptible to scratches. Would I have to mask off the joints when spraying these? Then, with a thumb on the decal, I slowly slide it off the backing a little bit. Once the first application of decal setter solution has fully dried I like to go back and apply a second. As your final topcoat (in this case matte) protects the decals & underlying paint while the smooth layer below made the decals apply properly with minimal chance of peeling up. My cameraman Tom and I had a lot of personal life issues getting in our way, but I won’t bore you with the details. Applying decals to your project may seem like a daunting task at first. I will use the side of the Justice’s legs as an example here. Add to Cart. Wonder in amazement as all the detail. MG Top Coat (30ML)Premixed Lacquer Based and ready to be use with airbrush. This is generally advised as you want the can to be around 72-76°F or 22-24°C. Always heard about top coat here, top… Make sure to keep this in place when cutting. The type that you use is just in place to give you a desired look. Be careful only to poke downward, never moving across the decal, or you might rip out a piece. *1.) Premium Top Coat Flat. Still I’ve learned a lot in a short time. How/When/Why Painting and Top Coat? Most dry rub decals come with some sort of backing sheet that helps prevent the decal from prematurely rubbing off. Question to all who top coat their gunpla. Remove any extra water pooled on the decal by brushing it gently against the dish. Having s Welcome to the top coat tutorial on the Layman's Gunpla Guide.Top coating is an incredibly easy way to add an extra dimension to your Gundam model. For best results I'll let the decal dry out a bit so when I apply the Micro Sol the decal doesn't lift back up. I almost forgot. While its true that a topcoat will help "seal them in" if it wasnt already loose in the first place the topcoat will get under the sticker/decal and you will get silvering. Dry bub decals can be easily identified as they're usually a sheet of transparent plastic, one side glossy and the other side dull, with the dull side (the side with the decals) protected by a bit of paper to prevent the decals from rubbing off prematurely. I know its a noob Question to ask but i got to. With the RG stickers many are cut to to fit a specific area of the kit so things need to be lined up perfectly. You don't want any dust or unwanted markings underneath the decal. It's easy to break or wrinkle larger decals. spray Gloss ? If you notice any parts missing, lay the decal down again and re-rub. Also confirm that there is no dust on the surface of your model or else it will get trapped during the application process. Difficulty GradesTerminologyBuilding EquipmentDetailing EquipmentPainting EquipmentMisc EquipmentGlue Guide, Project FlowchartConstruction GuideDetail LinesDecals & StickersTop Coats, Paint Space PrepPaint TypesSampling PaintsPaint ReferencesPrimingAirbrushingPreshadingSpray CansDecanting PaintsMaskingCamouflageHand Painting, Weathering (Old Tutorial)Weathering General Top Coat is to protect painted surface, stickers and decals from peeling off. I guess I'll start doing top coating tomorrow since the weather here looks gloomy at the moment. . While they've gotten thinner over the years they still stand out quite a bit on a kit. We have the latest Gundam model kits, and we have a vast selection of paints and tools. 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