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How to remove Aztec decals

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  • Member since
    September, 2018
How to remove Aztec decals
Posted by GlennS_TX on Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:49 PM

Hi everyone. This is my first post. Hope you can help my return to modeling be a success. I never was very good. But one thing I love about the internet, you usually can find out how to do something.

Before he passed away last year, my father was building on the Polar lights 1:1000 Refit Enterprise. He loved modeling. And was very good at it. Although he stuck to WW2 planes and some cars. He assembled the kit and was working on the Aztec decals. For whatever reason, they look bad. They’re on straight. But they have bubbles and a glossy film to them. Maybe he wasn't done.

Anyway, I want to complete this kit. I broke it down into sub assemblies. Fortunately, the only Aztec decals completed are the saucer top. I tried using the tape method. that did not work well If at all. So I tried sanding. Started with some used 6000 grit. Not much came off. Tried 1000. Not much better. So I went down to 600. That started taking it off. That sheen is gone except in the grid line. But it now Looks like a sticker with the print part gone but the paper backing is still there. And the gray hatches didn’t come off. Should I so more? Or just sand and prime?

Thanks.

  • Member since
    September, 2018
Posted by GlennS_TX on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:02 PM
Hi again. The night I posted this, my girlfriend took a scotch pad to it and finger nails. She got it all off. Guess all it needed was something more abrasive
  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:42 AM

Hmmm, I'm surprised someone here didn't know. I'm not sure of any way other than just stripping everything. Sanding down to the bare plastic like you're doing should work. You might also try soaking the parts overnight in Simple Green or brake fluid. They'll strip off paint, it should take the decal right off without affecting the plastic. Spraying her with oven cleaner, allowing it to soak in overnight and then scrubbing it off would work too- it's much more toxic though. 

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