I didn't, and I had to re-do a couple of stencils when I put it on too thick. I like the idea of doing a water-based flat clear first, wish I had thought of it. But if you roll it on *very thin* it won't wreck the decals, and you can build up a couple of layers then lay it on thick. Note that Createx paint is fine no matter how thick you put it on.
what kind of roller you used?
Cheap dollar-store foam roller - the kind that is usually a dense white foam with a plastic tube in the middle.
Quoted from goingincirclez:
The pf needs to be coated before decals, and then coated after, so I need something that can be easily done in stages.
In my case, I didn't coat before doing decals and it worked fine, they lay flat on the "bumpy" Createx paints. I'd recommend pre-filling all the inserts though, I didn't and I had some paint issues that needed correction, also decals over inserts works better when flat with no gaps.
I too would appreciate a little more info on how you applied the brush/roll product.
I used a small tray to semi-saturate the roller.
Then roll it on without applying any pressure to the roller - just let it roll on under its own weight. I had more problems with crap in the clear due to my dirty working environment than bubbles. I did 8 coats total - two thin then six thick. I used half a can total.
Your results look great though! How does it look now? Is that your own custom art too? I can't say I recognize it... looks pretty cool!
Thanks. It looks "okay" now, but I only say that because some of the woodgrain is visible because I sanded and polished too soon after drying and it wasn't 100% cured yet. So operator error. It's fine for what I'm doing, it's a custom re-theme with my own art.