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TOM: Transferring Signs

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Our good friend and longtime model railroader Karl Osolinski provides this issue’s Tip of the Month. Primarily for diorama guys, it can be used to attach signage and lettering to weathered vehicles, too. The basic idea is to reverse an image and transfer it onto another surface. Here’s Karl to explain:

“If you’re tired of sanding the back side of paper signs to get them thin enough to apply to a building, try this simple transfer method:
1. Select a sign and reverse the image on your computer. Print the sign on something a little stiffer than copy paper. I use Epson Presentation Paper Matte (No. SO41062).
2. Mask the area on the wall where you’ll place the sign and paint that area white.
3. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium, available at most art and craft stores.
4. Stick the image on the wall (image side down) and burnish it with a piece of wood, like a craft stick.
5. Let it dry for usually no more than 30-minutes. Any longer and the transfer medium will get too hard.
6. Using a wet foam brush, rub the paper until it starts peeling away. The paper will ball up and the image will begin to show through. Finish up by rubbing the image with a wet finger until the entire sign is clearly visible.”


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