this media is NOT
for ink-jet printers; desk-jet, office-jet or bubble-jet
Note: this decal paper is ready to use out of the
package. It is a water-slide transfer paper that is pre-coated with
a state of the art clear decal material that is soft yet strong.
this media is specially made for thermal Wax color
printers such as ALPS printers. Many of our customers have reported
success using this media in office copiers and some laser printers.
Please see the precautions at the end of this page or in the header
of this page about using this or any specialty media in your laser
Use this decal paper to place images on: wood, glass,
metal, ceramic/porcelain, CD's, even the mouse you have in your hand
as you read this. And that's just the beginning. Our customers are
constantly surprising us with the creative uses they come up with
for our decal paper. Such as adding photos or artwork to wax
we recently received an e-mail from a customer who
places custom wedding photos and artwork onto large pillar candles.
She let us know that our decal paper has helped to move her small
business in a new and more profitable direction.
Another customer let us know he has been using our
decal paper to transfer images of cartoon characters onto custom
built wooden furniture for children.
the possibilities are endless. Let our paper and
your imagination work together to create a new and exciting product
this paper is NOT compatible with ink jet printers. For water-slide
decal paper for inkjet printers take a look at our
*this paper may be used in most late model personal office copiers and
laser printers. However, we do not recommend that. If
you are looking for Decal paper to use in laser printers and copiers,
we recommend our Papilio Perga Flat Paper or for newer, higher heat,
color laser printers we recommend our PAS/Z media.
Using Papilio Aqua Slide Paper
Print a mirror image onto the PAS paper using your ALPS printer or
late model personal copier or laser printer. Test your design on
plain paper first to prevent media waste.
Cut out the decal with scissors and dip it in warm water. the paper
will curl up, then straighten out again.
Place the paper on the surface face down so that the film is
touching what you wish to decorate and the paper is facing up. Slide
the paper away leaving the film behind. Now use a decal squeegee to
remove any air bubbles, and let dry.
After drying you can use our liquid laminating spray to offer UV
protection and improved adhesion to the substrate.
It is important to remember that the decal film is clear, and not
white. Any white in your image/text must be provided by using a
white paint or applying the decal to a white substrate.
Our PAS media is NOT intended for firing. Ceramic plates
decorated with PAS decals make beautiful wall hangings but are not
suitable for food bearing.
decals look great on ceramic mugs. It is important to note however
that mugs decorated with PAS decals should be washed carefully with
a non abrasive soap and are not dishwasher safe.
Wax Candles: Applying
decals to wax candles is easy. Simply apply the decal to the candle
as you would to any other substrate. Heating the decal with a hair
dryer may help if adhesion is an issue due to the wax of the candle.
Wood and general Applications:
we recommend that you only apply decals
to finished or painted wood. the process is the same with metal and
all other painted substrates.
You can experiment with placing a decal on
an item before the paint is fully dry if using an oil enamel based
paint. When the paint is dry to the touch, but not fully cured apply
the decal then your clear coat if desired. the water used to apply
the decal should not harm the oil enamel paint. Oil enamel usually
takes 24 hours to fully dry, we suggest applying the decal after 8
hours, but this can vary greatly depending on humidity, temperature,
and other factors. Use this technique to finish your items with very
If you don't put the decal face down,
your Alps ink will not be protected and when finishing with clear coat
you will run into compatibility problems, as the Alps ink will not accept
just any solvent-based clear coat.