Meth fix transfers - am I missing something.

Discussion in 'Talk' started by Rob Pulham, 23 April 2011.

  1. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    I have used meth fix transfers for the first time today on my Slaters MR fruit van and I have found them a nightmare to use. I have previously used either press fix or waterslide without too many issues.

    Am I missing something? I cut around them as for pressfix, wet them with a mix of meths/water, keeping them damp for at least 15 mins and then wet them completely and removed them to find that they move about all over the place :headbang: :headbang: So all the letter spacing from the paper that aligns them disapears leaving guess work. :shit: :shit:
  2. Phill Dyson

    Phill Dyson Western Thunderer

    The only 'Methfix' I have used are HMRS , might be a silly question but did you peel them from the backing before applying them ?
  3. D1054

    D1054 Western Thunderer

    Tricky blighters these Methfix jobs. I took me a while to put my GUV transfers on, but it's work persevering with them until you get them right because the finish is so much better (when they stay together!!).  I use a weak meths solution - certainly no more than 8:1 water:meths ratio (any stronger will affect the paint finish - particularly on Heljan 47's!). Having peeled the back off, I position the transfer exactly where you want it, then dab the backs with cotton wool buds dipped in your 8:1. I keep the backing paper moist, but not sitting in a puddle. After 3 mins, I then dab the back with a dry bud to apply a little pressure to "fix" the transfer in place, then dab again using clean water - not too much, until the paper very gently slides away - if you're lucky you might find all the transfers stay in position, but I generally find that there's one or two in any group that will need a tweak to slip them back into place. Practice with a few spares first until you get the hang of it...  and Good luck! :headbang: :wave:
  4. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Not a silly question Phill but I didn't need to as it was already loose.
  5. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Perhaps  have my mix to strong I will try it with a weaker mix.

    To be fair now that they have dried I am quite pleased with the results. It just seemed hard work to get there :(