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Decals and White Glue
By Craig Brougher

Now that I have read Bruce Clark's full explanation as to how he used
white glue to attach decals, I have to say his method will work,
because he didn't take for granted that we would know how to do it.
The devil is in the details, as they say, and here is the detail that
made me realize how one can use white glue to attach decals.

"Let it dry several days..."

Most how-to books and articles leave me cold because they don't tell me
what NOT to do.  If someone would just write a "How-Not-To" book, it
could be short and to the point, and the rest of it I could figure out
myself.  The little comment about allowing the decal to dry completely
for "several days," is a good example.  In other words, "Don't give it
a day and then start finishing over it.  It will permanently blush your
finish, and ruin it."

When I write things, I try to think of a few points that may not be
obvious and include them, because I figure that if I don't someone will
not stop and think about it first, and will fall into my trap.  A trap
on the MMD is an article or idea that "looks" correct, but contains a
pitfall that is not accounted for.  I would sure encourage writers to
include the things that they know to do to make it work, but don't pass
that information along with everything else.  In this case, "Several
days," is the key.

I knew how to do this anyway, but I purposely wanted to smoke out these
comments to show how very important it is to get ALL the information,
first.  Thanks, Bruce.  And I'm sure you too will agree-- had a member
of MMD used your method, and then finished over their decal as usual,
it would have ruined their work.  Please, let's be careful for each

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Mon 24 May 1999, 12:23:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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