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Old Decals
Posted by B-36Andy on Friday, July 15, 2016 9:57 AM

I hope this is the right forum to post as I need input from "out of the box" thinkers and scratchbuilders are good at that!

I have some old Monogram decals that will crumble in water so I coated them with Microscale decal restorer. They hold together now but do not stick to the smooth surface and try to roll up on the edges while setting. I am using Decal Set and tried Micro Sol. Even tried putting them on with Future.

Any thoughts on this?

Andy

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, July 15, 2016 3:51 PM

Hello!

Don usually recommends scanning your decals (especially the old ones) before touching them. This way, if something goes wrong, you can re-print them. I have already made several custom decal sheets using CorelDRAW for drawing and custom printing companies for the print itself.

While it probably isn't heplful in your case, mabe re-drawing your decals would be less work than experimenting with all that chemistry?

The biggest set I made was for my Whale:

1:72 Hasegawa EKA-3B Whale by Pawel

Here I used amix of custom made and kit decals. There were moments, where I regretted not re-drawing all the decals, for example when the wing walkway (kit decal) warped in an ugly way in process of putting it on. The custom-printed decals went on like a charm.

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:45 AM

A thinned solution of white glue will help decals adhere.  Apply with decal and then carefully wipe away excess while holding decal in position.  Get all the excess off- any seeping out around the edges will change the flatness of the finish.  Also, gloss or flat coat sealing coats may help hold them on, but not with much strength.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2016
Posted by B-36Andy on Sunday, July 17, 2016 7:40 PM
Thanks guys!
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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, July 22, 2016 9:05 AM

Pawel

Hello!

Don usually recommends scanning your decals (especially the old ones) before touching them. This way, if something goes wrong, you can re-print them. I have already made several custom decal sheets using CorelDRAW for drawing and custom printing companies for the print itself.

While it probably isn't heplful in your case, mabe re-drawing your decals would be less work than experimenting with all that chemistry?

The biggest set I made was for my Whale:

1:72 Hasegawa EKA-3B Whale by Pawel

Here I used amix of custom made and kit decals. There were moments, where I regretted not re-drawing all the decals, for example when the wing walkway (kit decal) warped in an ugly way in process of putting it on. The custom-printed decals went on like a charm.

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

 

 

That is one fantastic aircraft build, Pawel!

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