I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this. But in my search on the forum, I could not find anything that addressed this, so I thought I'd share.
I'm working on this kitbash/scratch build caboose project and it's been very difficult for me. I'm painting it in Chessie Colors, so I have been masking and painting a lot.
I got to the steps and there is an orange stripe on each step. 4 stripes per step x 4 stairs = a lot of small masking. That or crooked painted lines.
Then I thought, what if I use decals? But spend $15 on a decal sheet for stripes that may or may not match my paint? No, I could just make my own. I used to think home made decals were just for special graphics you could not get anywhere else. But why not for something a simple as stripes?
Using some scrap decal paper from another project, I simply cut off a small section and spray painted it with the same paint I used for the caboose. No need to clear coat, like I do with printer decals. The paint does not come off in water.
Then cut small stripes with a paper cutter. Instant custom decal.
I hope I can wrap this project up soon. It's been many many slow hours.
Here is a sneak peak.
Have Fun! Ron