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    July 2023
Microscale Micro Liquid Decal Film
Posted by Colonel Klink on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 2:57 PM

I recently used some Microscale Liquid Film on the decals so that they don't disintegrate when applying them.  The problem I am having is that they are pretty stiff and don't bend well around curves. My question is, will Micro Sol and/or Solvaset soften them?  I've made multiple applications and the decal film doesn't seem to respond. Does the liquid film not react with either solvent?

 

Thanks

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    September 2023
Posted by Steev on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 3:54 PM

I've used Microscale Liquid Decal Film on decals that I printed on laser film and they conform reasonably well although not as well as some commercially printed decals. I used Micro Set on them but not Micro Sol. I also use a hair dryer, often going back and forth between Micro Set / brush or sponge and then heat. I hope you find a combination that works.

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    July 2023
Posted by Colonel Klink on Thursday, November 30, 2023 12:51 PM

Steev

I've used Microscale Liquid Decal Film on decals that I printed on laser film and they conform reasonably well although not as well as some commercially printed decals. I used Micro Set on them but not Micro Sol. I also use a hair dryer, often going back and forth between Micro Set / brush or sponge and then heat. I hope you find a combination that works.

 

Thanks for your feedback.  Maybe I'm applying the liquid film on too thick for it to react to Micro Sol/ Solvaset well.

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, December 2, 2023 9:21 AM

Ditto

Never use SOL(vent) unless you absolutely need to, and then with meticulous care.

 

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  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Saturday, December 2, 2023 12:26 PM

I've used that liquid only on custom printed decals per suggestion from the printer. Light coat 2 times with ample drying time between and no problem. thats the only time I've ever used the stuff. 

Keep on modeling!

All the best,

William

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    July 2023
Posted by Colonel Klink on Sunday, December 3, 2023 7:17 AM

missileman2000

Ditto

Never use SOL(vent) unless you absolutely need to, and then with meticulous care.

 

 

Thanks.

I've been using Sol(vent) on all my decals to one degree or another with out any negative issue.  It just seems to have very little effect on decals with Microscale liquid film applied.  They don't seem to conform well.

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    April 2023
Posted by ctruss53 on Thursday, December 28, 2023 12:14 PM

Interesting.  I always use Micro Sol instead of Micro Set.

And Micro Sol seems to work well with the liquid film.

Insert wise quote here.

-Chad

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    July 2023
Posted by Colonel Klink on Monday, January 8, 2024 12:38 PM

ctruss53

Interesting.  I always use Micro Sol instead of Micro Set.

And Micro Sol seems to work well with the liquid film.

 

 
Thanks for your input. I've had a hell of a time with decals curling up and not adhering after using the liquid film.  The film works great for keeping bad/old decals from disintegrating but then caused the new problem I'm having.  Maybe I'm applying the liquid film on too thick.
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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 9:17 AM

Again, we need to look st the difference between setting solutions and solvents  They are for different problems.  Setting solutions are wetting agents, like shower cleqner sprqys and photo wetting agents.  Tap watter contains a fair amount of air dissolved in it.When it is laying on a thin surface this air comes out of solution in the form of tiny  bubbles.  This gets trawpped below the decal and keeps from getting max adhesion.  It does not soften most decals (there are some brands of decals that do soften froM wetting agents.

Decal solvent is designed to soften the decal to let it lay flat on compound sufaces.  It does add some stickiness.  If you are applying decals to a flat surface or a single curvature one, you should be able to avoid using solvent.  Surfaces with large (boiler) rivets is an exception.  These are helped with solvent. 

The problem with solvent is that a softened decal can be distorted when you move lt.  Also too much solvent can make the decal subject to tearing.

 

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