I am not sure that you want to go with clear varnish or varnish decals because they varnish changes color over time and discolors the original decals. Water transfer decals may be a better choice...
I own Raleigh frames where the decals became ruined over time (30 years) because the factory clear varnish dulled the paint finish and weakened the decals. Any attempt to remove the varnish removed the decals also.
Clear varnish for a topcoat is circa 50s - 70s and better paints that can be custom matches and topcoats are currently available if this is going to be a complete repaint. However, it depends on how close to the original you want to get...
Regards, Steve Neago aka Questor
scott davis wrote:
> I'm restoring an old Benotto and would appreciate any
> suggestions for applying varnish decals, including the
> best type of varnish for this. Thanks Scott