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Tamiya Decals [:S]
Posted by Dax-Bane on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:42 PM

Tongue Tied  Since the early 90s I've had a tough time with Tamiya decals --- mostly getting them OFF the stock paper they come on.  I splurged and bought Vallejo DEcal Medium and Decal Fix.... still had to wait the better part of five minutes before the decal was managable to remove from paper.  

Any advise?? 

Tags: Decal , decal fix , Tamiya
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    April, 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:27 PM

Vallejo's decal medium and fix are setting solutions, much in the same vein as Micro Sol and Micro Set. Those products are not intended to get the decal off the backing sheet, but are used to pull the decal down over the model's surface once they are in place.

Tamiya decals can occasionally be a bit of a pain, but getting them off the backing sheet is fairly simple. Use warm water to help soften the glue. Dip your decal into the water for around 30 seconds - you want the adhesive to soften slowly, so soaking it for long periods of time just washes the adhesive away.

Set the wet decal onto a piece of paper towel and leave it alone for a minute or two. Once the decal begins to slide over the surface of the backing paper, brush a little decal fix over where you want it to go on the model and slide the decal into place. Once satisfied, use a bit of the decal medium to draw the image down tightly over the surface.

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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, June 07, 2018 9:01 PM

Dax-Bane

Tongue Tied  Since the early 90s I've had a tough time with Tamiya decals --- mostly getting them OFF the stock paper they come on.  I splurged and bought Vallejo DEcal Medium and Decal Fix.... still had to wait the better part of five minutes before the decal was managable to remove from paper.  

Any advise?? 

 

I‘d skip on the Vallejo stuff and use Micro Sol / Micro Set. As Knight already mentioned, they’re used to apply onto decals ON the kit itself, not as a soaking agent. 

I usually have better luck soaking decals in hot water. Warm water is good too.

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, June 10, 2018 12:05 AM

As a kid, always left the decal in water until it floated away.

Wait until the backing paper just turns color.

Take it out, as said lay it on paper towel. You can tease it a little with your finger. At a pint the glue let’s go.

IMO Tamiya decals are just ok but usable.

Its worth looking for better decals for a kit, based on online reviews.

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