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Decals.. Vinyls.. Stickers?

I want to stick some custom lettering on the side of my build.  

What is best for Nerf applications?

At what stage during the painting process are they added?  (Do you lacquer over the top of them?)

Can you get embossed versions? (I realise this may be a question for a supplier,  but hoped someone may have experience)

Anything else I need to bear in mind? And any suppliers who can be recommended?

Waterslide transfers- Ask UKNerfwar if you want some making. Usually they are applied after one coat of clear then you clear over them again when dry.
Hot cut vinyl- apply after painting, it's usually durable enough to not need clear to protect it and some solvents dissolve the backing.
Embossed stuff can usually only be done with laser cutting or etching. You can make layers of sign writing vinyl but that is more time consuming.
Gold leaf lettering- make a mask or have one hot cut for the size, apply size, apply leaf, clear over the top.
My favourite is waterslide transfers, they are the easiest. The only downside is not being able to print white, so you have a choice of white or clear backing.

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