In the car world, decals are a common sight on almost any type of vehicle. From custom cars to racecars, decals can be found on almost anything with a roof and wheels. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to make a clear cast decal. These decals are made using a special type of resin that allows light to pass through it but not the pigment within it. When designing your own decal, you need to keep all of these things in mind.
What is a Clear Cast Decal?
A clear cast decal is a type of sticker that is made with a very specific type of resin. This resin is the same type used in making clear acrylic signs and display cases, since it allows light to pass through but does not allow the pigments in the material to be seen. This is important for a few reasons. Firstly, it means that you can print whatever you want on the sticker and it will be legible. Secondly, it means that you can make the decal out of any type of material you’d like, including clear plastic! When making clear cast decals, you are casting the resin into a mold and letting it get cured to make the sticker. This process means the sticker is very hard and durable, making it ideal for applications where the decal will be exposed to extreme weather or wear and tear.
What Goes Into a Clear Cast Decal?
Designing a clear cast decal is a lot like designing any other type of sticker. You’ll need to consider a few things, like what type of materials you’ll be making it out of, and what you want to be printed on it.
Materials: The type of resin you use will have an effect on the overall look of your decal. You’ll want to think about things like whether or not you’ll be making it out of clear plastic, or if it’ll be black.
Design: You’ll want to design your decal so that it’s legible, with enough contrast between the text and it’s background so that it can be read.
Printing: Depending on what materials you choose, you may or may not be able to print your decal. If you are making a clear decal out of plastic, you won’t be able to print on it.
Equipment You’ll Need
- A Design – As with any project, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you have everything planned out and ready to go before you start. This will make it much easier to avoid costly mistakes and keep the project on track.
- Resin – The type of resin you use will have a huge impact on the look and quality of your finished decal. For clear cast decals, you’ll want to use a type of resin that allows light to pass through it, but doesn’t let the pigments pass through it.
- Molds – Clear cast decals are made using a special type of mold. The mold is designed to retain a high level of detail while being clear.
- Accessories – You’ll also want to be sure to have everything else you’ll need on hand, including things like gloves, safety equipment, and other materials required for the casting process.
How to Make a Clear Cast Decal Step by Step
First, you’ll need to choose the materials you’ll be making your decal out of. If you are making a clear decal out of plastic, you’ll need to cast the resin into a clear mold. If you are making a black decal, you’ll need a black mold. Once you have materials ready, you’ll need to prepare your workspace and have all of your equipment ready. This includes everything from your mold to your decal paper and decal squeegee. Casting decals is a very messy process, so it’s important to have everything you need close by and easy to get to so that you don’t get anything on your clothes or other items. You’ll want to fill your mold with resin, and then place your decal paper over it. Once the paper is properly placed, you’ll use a decal squeegee to draw it down into the resin. This process removes any bubbles and makes a smooth surface.
Tips for Making Your Own Clear Cast Decal
Now that you know what goes into a clear cast decal and how to make one, it’s time to start designing your own! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you get started:
- Keep your design simple – A clear decal is meant to be an unobtrusive as possible. You want to draw as little attention to the decal as possible, so keep your design simple and clean.
- Keep your design legible – It’s important to consider the legibililty of your decal. You don’t want it to be so small that people can’t read it, but you also don’t want it to be so bold that it draws too much attention.
- Keep your materials in mind – If you’re making a clear decal out of plastic, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to make sure you choose a type of material that’s as durable as possible. It’s also important to keep in mind that plastic decals are not UV resistant, so they will fade in the sun.
- Make a mockup – As you get started designing your decal, it’s a good idea to get a mockup printed out so that you can make sure everything reads the way you want it to.
Now that you know what goes into a clear cast decal and how to make one, it’s time to get to work! Clear cast decals are a great way to add a little flair to your car or truck. From custom logos to racing numbers, there are tons of different ways you can use a clear cast decal.