I've just read MIGs new book (How to paint with Acrylics - Ammo Modeling guide)and the Accion Press volume Aircraft - Modelling essentials(yes ,sometimes I'm interested in wingy things too...).
In both books they said about applying decals that you should get rid of the clear film around the printed (Color) decal to avoid silvering. I wondered because IMHO and John Pringent
confirms this in the Osprey Masterclass volume "Armor modeling" that this clear film is often tapered to avoid a sharp edge of the decal to the surrounding color. So he says to keep it and make it invisible with a clear gloss coat.
However I found an older article from an Italian modeler who also cut the decals up to the printed area.
Now I'm confused. Is it really necessary to cut decals out like this?
What do you think and how do you handle decals?
Me, I tend to apply decals using Kleer (or whatever it's called now). This virtually eliminates silvering and reduces the sometimes obvious cut edge of trimmed decals. Therefore I'm not that bothered whether or not I trim decals, but sometimes, either for reasons of the overall space available for the decal, or because you are applying a sequence of decals close to each other (think unusual registration numbers), you just have to trim them. Have to say that the decals from Microscale, though not always accurate in design or even size, are the thinnest I have ever dealt with and appear to be painted on after application.