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Storing decals

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Storing decals
Posted by B-36Andy on Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:38 PM

I've suddenly come to the realization that I might not get to all the models in my closet stash within the next few years!

How do you store decals to extend their life for those future builds? I live in an area where we have low humidity 5-25% and have large temperature swings. Currently I am keeping them at room temerature as best I can.


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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:06 PM

Prot4ect them from humidity. I use ziplock gallon bags.

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, July 13, 2018 2:10 AM

I keep all my decals along with the instructions in plastic bags in a file box in my model room. We don't have the high humidity here but it can get damp at certain times of the year and i did notice a couple of years ago that the instructions were feeling moist when i was storing them in their boxes in the shed. Better safe than sorry.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, July 13, 2018 5:28 AM


Protect them from humidity. I use ziplock gallon bags.


This works like a charm.Yes



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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, July 13, 2018 10:56 AM

Hi ;

 Like " G " I keep mine in ZipLoc brand bags . Slide the decal in there with it's protective paper and then press all the air out you can get out . Close and then keep them in a zippered notebook sized holder .( That keeps them in the dark too !)  T.B.

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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:48 AM

I, too keep them in a ziplock bag inside a small box labeled for decals only in my finished side of the cellar in my hutch by my workbench. It stays dark and cool with zero humidity and zero dampness year round. Just looked at them not too long ago and they look just as new as I received them in the mail yesterday. Works for me.

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    July, 2008
  • From: South of france
Posted by Vit13 on Friday, July 20, 2018 5:39 AM

Hi ,

same  ziplock bag in a box but in the box i put a desiccant silica gel packet to prevent humidity .



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