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  • Member since
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  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Older decals question
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Thursday, January 11, 2024 5:02 PM

I gtink ive asked tis before on a similar sheet, but can find it....  I have the attached decals which are old.  Is the brownish area under the decals the paper/film or have the clear film turned?  Are these still good?  Or has the clear film gone bad?

 

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William

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, January 11, 2024 6:05 PM

Mrchntmarine
 I have the attached decals which are old.  Is the brownish area under the decals the paper/film or have the clear film turned?  Are these still good?  Or has the clear film gone bad?

The brownish area is the film, and it will show if used as-is, at least on any medium-to-light colored background. If you can expose the decal sheet for a few days in a sunny window, that may take the brown discoloration away.

But -- be sure not to tape the sheet directly against the glass, as condensation formed might damage the decals.

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Greg

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fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, January 11, 2024 6:53 PM

Ditto to what Greg said above. I've saved quite a few old sheets that way.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Thursday, January 11, 2024 8:05 PM

Thank you both!

Keep on modeling!

All the best,

William

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, January 12, 2024 12:24 AM

Since it's wintertime, slide them into a zip lock bag before putting them against the window. This method usually works best in the summer with the hot sun, but can work in winter if you protect them from moisture that often forms on windows.

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  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Friday, January 12, 2024 9:38 AM

Thanks all - good tips!  And Yep on the moisture on the windows - get that here too especially in winter, hot, cold, hot , cold......

Keep on modeling!

All the best,

William

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 4:26 PM

I've noticed sometimes the discoloration is in the glue and not the clear film.  Try the window and see if that works any first.

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