Applying waterslide transfers to Heljan Diesels

Discussion in 'Techniques' started by TheSnapper, 10 December 2019.

  1. TheSnapper

    TheSnapper Western Thunderer

    This may seem a naive question, but does anyone have experience of applying waterslide transfers to Heljan Diesels?
    I need to apply a Large Sector Logo to a Helajn Triple-Grey Class37, and am keen not to see any transfer film.

    In the past I have had experience of applying transfers to a Cellulose Gloss Finish surface and after a final coat of clear varnish, they just "melt" into the paintwork.
    The question is: should I first spray the area with a Gloss coat (eg Alclad), or is the Heljan paintwork sufficiently smooth to "accept" the transfer.
    I would then finish off with a coat of matt or semi-matt to seal everything.

    I'd be interested to know the techniques used by others.

  2. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer


    Do not use Humbrol acrylic varnish, it eats Railtec transfers and the paint on Heljan 37s, as I know to my cost.

    I'm happy to just put them on and weather away.

  3. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    Hi Tim,

    I have used Johnson’s Klear as a base for water slide transfers on Heljan locos and then applied two ‘sealer’ coats and seemed to work well.


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  4. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Hi Tim , having used waterslides on Heljans i would advise applying a gloss finish to the area where you want to put the transfers and once finished then knock it back with with a flat to blend in with the original finish and seal in the transfers . I now use Testors dullcoat after having some Tamiya flat lift the edge of some decals , easy to fix but a pain all the same . For the gloss i still use a Tamiya spray can .
    Cheers Paul
  5. TheSnapper

    TheSnapper Western Thunderer

    Richard, Mike, Paul

    Thanks for your replies.
    I'll let you know how I get on