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    April 2017
Decals falling apart
Posted by KarlK on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 9:59 AM

Recently I have had decals from various model manufacturers that have just disintegrated after being dipped in water. Is there anything one can do to decals that can stop them from doing this or is it simply out of our control. i have heard that spraying the decal sheet with clear works. any suggestions. There is nothing like getting ready to finish a perfectly good model only to have the decals break up on you. Totally frustrating.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 3:13 PM

To prevent cracking coat the decals in Microscale Liquid Decal Film and let dry before immersing the decals in water. The decal film will bind the decal together.

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, June 15, 2023 8:57 AM

Ditto

Love that stuff.  There other folks making decal liquid film, but Micro Scale's stuff works best for me.

 

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    December 2021
Posted by Tennis Coach on Friday, June 16, 2023 9:14 PM

I'll add my two cents to that.  Whenever I build a older kit from my collection, I coat the whole sheet with Micro Scale Decal Film.  Works great, just remember to cut close to the image before placing in water.

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    April 2017
Posted by KarlK on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:25 AM

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I will give Microscale a try.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:37 AM

Cool

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:49 AM

I scan every sheet I get. Then print if the decals are junk.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    October 2015
Posted by Comanche pilot on Sunday, August 6, 2023 10:41 AM

I have the microscale product but haven't used it yet. I used Badger's decal preservative, various clear lacquers and Testor's decal bonder. So far the Testor's product works best. The others do preserve the decals well but for reasons I can't ascertain they cause the decals to curl up and resist Solvaset's setting action strongly. It takes many applications to get a decal down. Testors? They stay together and lay right down. I must take my chances with Microscale on the recommendation of the above responders. 

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, August 6, 2023 1:14 PM

Age of the decals is so important.  If the kit is more than about six or more old I regularly coat them with decal coating  I usually us microscale but have also found others work reasnably well.  I also scan my decals, in case there are other problems other prblems like mistakes in placement.

 

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    October 2015
Posted by Comanche pilot on Sunday, August 13, 2023 8:01 AM

I've used all these: Badger's decal preservative, Testor's Decal Bonder, various spray can clear lacquers. All work. Badgers caused the decals to curl up and took several applications of Solvaset to lay down. Clear lacquers also somewhat stiffen the decal and present a little problem laying down with Solvaset. Testor's Decal Bonder has never failed to give excellent results even when the decal could be seen cracked on the backing paper. 

I have the MicroScale product and intent to give it a try, soon. 

I'd also like to try an acrylic clear. Possibly on an extra decal set. Possibly Createx's two part clears. 

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