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What is the decal coating?

We offer an option for a clear coating over our waterslide decals. The clear coating is applied after printing, and has no effect on the method of application or finishing of the decal, nor the final appearance. It does two things:

  1. Gives the ink added protection when handling the decals during application.
  2. Slightly thickens the decal making it easier to handle and apply. This does mean, however, that you'll need an extra coat or two of lacquer over the top to make the edges vanish.

Generally speaking, if you're used to our decals and comfortable applying them then you don't need the coating. If you're new to our decals (which are thinner than any you're likely to have used in the past) then you may find them easier to apply if you opt for the coating.

The coating is also useful if you are applying a particularly large decal, as the added thickness will make it easier to handle and less likely to tear when sliding the backing from underneath.