How to apply dry transfer decals to simulated wood surface

yellow_cad

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I want to put a dry transfer decal on the side of a simulated wood boxcar. What is the best method to use? Thanks, Jim
 

beavercreek

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When I built my Hartford Products wood box car, reefer and stockcar kits, they came with dry transfers.
I used low tack masking tape to hold the decal in place and then used clay modelling tools to 'burnish' the decal so that all of the decal adhered to the painted wood.
Then a careful thin coat of Testers Dullcote flat to seal them
 

yellow_cad

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Thanks. So, are you basically saying that the uneven surface of the simulated wood doesn't cause a problem with the dry transfer?
 

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Thanks. So, are you basically saying that the uneven surface of the simulated wood doesn't cause a problem with the dry transfer?
No, as long as the dry transfers are in good condition and not old and dried out.
 

Fred2179G

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No, as long as the dry transfers are in good condition and not old and dried out.
Agreed. (Unfortunately all mine are dried out. :( )

A good friend and master modeller did suggest to me that warming the dry transfer with a hair dryer will soften the glue and make it stay on the surface.