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Decal protector in an everyday household item
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 9:43 AM

I'm sure a lot of people here have run into the same kind of trouble I seem to get myself into a lot with build sequence and decaling.  That trouble came up just a couple of days ago on my F-4B build where I put all the little placards and other markings on the fuselage...only to remember that I still have to somehow mask small sections of the leading edges of my wings to apply the corrogard paint I made.  I thought I had planned everything right, by NOT decaling the wings yet, but the area that needs masking goes right up to the side of the fuselage...with tons of tiny placards right in the area that needs to be protected from overspray.  I have never been able to successfully mask over decals without incurring some kind of damage to them, but now I have a way.  Toothpaste can be dabbed onto the decal and allowed to dry to protect it from the masking paper's adhesive...and then it can be completely removed with a little bit of plain old water.  Tried it on a HUGE decal I put on a spoon last night, and it protected the decal from damage, and didn't have any ingredients in it that damaged or discolored the decal.  Left no residue and required no solvents for cleanup.  Just thought I'd share.  Not sure if anyone has tried that before.

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:43 AM

Sounds like a good one!

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

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 9, 2022 11:50 AM

Just don't leave it on too long or toothpaste will harden to the point where it can only be removed by scouring and scraping, probably destroying the decals underneath. In other words, a few hours is likely okay, but a few days can be a recipe for disaster.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:14 PM

That's definitely a possibility, which I'll be checking into when I get home tonight.  Wanted to see what it would do after 24 hours before I commit to putting it on the model itself.  Last night I only had it on for an hour before doing the first masking test, but wanted to see if its easier to deal with if I give it more time to dry.  Just not wanting it to be so wet that it could end up oozing out along the edge of the masking paper, so I'll see how it behaves after it dries.  I tend to unmask right after painting anyway, so it shouldn't be a factor, but that is definitely a good point, Stik.  Thank you.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, June 9, 2022 5:08 PM

I am happy to report that after 24 hours, the toothpaste still protected the decal from being damaged by the masking paper (burnished the masking paper down to the spoon and pulled it back off) and could still be easily removed with a few gentle wipes of a semi-wet sponge.  Its a keeper.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, June 10, 2022 11:40 PM

         Bucky Beaver recommended this......

                 

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

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Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, June 11, 2022 2:12 AM

disastermaster

         Bucky Beaver recommended this......

                 

 

Thats goin' back a long ways-----Love itPropeller

 

Steve

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  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, June 12, 2022 4:06 AM

Thanks.

That's what I used back when I was just a lil' kid.

"Brusha, brusha, brusha. Get the New Ipana—it's dandy for your teeth!"

I was always a humming that tune from the animated TV commercial.

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

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