Initial laquer coat to apply decal

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  1. bionic

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    I am applying a decal on my headstock and just brushed on one thin coat of laquer before affixing the decal. How long should I wait for the laquer to gas off before sanding and then applying the decal before adding top coats?
     
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    Depending on how nice a finish you're after, I'd recommend making sure there's at least enough of a film on there to provide a smooth surface, as any irregularities tend to telegraph through. It's a long process with nitro, as most of the carrier needs to blow off before you've got the actual film.

    If it's just a few coats I'd say 4 days if using rattle can and a week or so with a gun - more carrier = more waiting time.

    Whether it's under the decal or over, if you want a glassy film with no witness line at the decal's edge you're gonna need to be patient.
     
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    I guess I'll wait the four days and give it a sand with 600 grit to get the initial coat smooth, put on the waterslide and then keep adding coats and wet sanding with 1200 grit until the decal is level with the rest of the laquer.
     
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