is a common problem that has a very easy fix. This happens when the decal is placed
on a flat surface. The decals turn silver because light is reflected from under the
decal. Light passes through the decal and is reflected back up from the picks and valleys
in the paint. Because flat paint is not smooth, it forms air gaps under the decal.
No matter what your final finish is going to be, if you are
going to apply decals apply them on a gloss finish. If you apply the decal to a
gloss surface, it is smooth and allows the entire surface of the decal to contact the
painted surface. Since there are no gaps, light can not get under the decal and
turn it silver. After you apply the decal, give it a top coat of the desired
finish. (Gloss, Semi-gloss or Flat)
are two reasons that I know of that causes decals to turn yellow. The first being
that the decals are old. Over time the carrier (the clear film that the ink is
printed on) will get a yellow hue to it. The second reason is that the manufacturer
uses low quality decal material. The higher the quality and thicker the carrier, the
less likely the decal will yellow.
of the paint I use are made up of very fine pigments. The Testors Model Master
paints make up the bulk of my paints. I drop a few BB's or stainless steal shot in
each bottle. This helps mix the paint.