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Do you use decal solutions?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Chicago area
Do you use decal solutions?
Posted by modelmaker66 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:20 AM

Do you use decal solutions and what do you prefer?

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 3:22 AM

Micro System for most.

Sometimes Solvaset.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:19 AM

Micro Sol and set. I have never tried any other. Solvaset is not avliable in the UK and i was only recently aware of other brands.

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:43 AM

Gunze's Mr Mark Setter (blue bottle) can be a lifesaver when working with decals which don't have enough glue (whether badly made or over soaked). It contains a mild adhesive to help the decals stick. It's actually white, but dries clear.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:25 AM
Micro Sol and Set. Occasionally Solvaset but you have to be careful with it


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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:59 AM

Micro set and sol when I have to use a decal.



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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:21 AM

Some people seem to believe setting solutions and solvents are the same thing.  I usually only use setting solution unless the decal will not bend and form properly in highly curved surfaces.  And then I use solvent very sparingly.  If you are not used to using decal solvents, I would practice on spare/unwanted decals before using it on good models.

I have found some brands of decals that deform and stretch even in setting solution, so I don't use it for those brands.

I find microscale products the easiest to find at my LHS.



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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:24 AM

As little as possible, and I start with Set. I try to avoid Sol.

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:00 PM

Tamiya has a decal setting solution called "Mark Fit."  It comes in the same kind of bottle as their thin cement, only with a yellow cap.  It seems to be very mild, with little chance of causing any damage to decal or paint.  I have used it and it works fine, although maybe a little slower than others.  I would call it a setting solution, rather than a decal solvent.

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