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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: SETX. USA
Posted by tho9900 on Sunday, August 21, 2005 9:26 AM
Another thing I have heard being used is Testors Decal setting spray. It is part of their decal making kit but can be bought separately. Just spray a coat or two (lightly) on top of the decals, allowing it to dry between coats. Then cut the decal off the sheet as close to the colors as possible and apply. I haven't tried it either but the idea has been passed around on here by people who have used it and say it works. And judging from the custom decals I have made and used it on I am sure it will.

And as Quincy said... I would seriously look into aftermarket decals. They aren't expensive most of the time and you get a crisp new set that usually will leave you enough spares for another kit...

Good luck to you!!
---Tom--- O' brave new world, That has such people in it!
  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: Central USA
Posted by qmiester on Saturday, August 20, 2005 9:14 AM
If the kit is an orgional issue, I would probably pitch the decals and use After Market decals. However if you want to try to salvage the kit decals, try a product from Micro Scale called Decal Film. You brush it on over the decal on the paper (2 or 3 coats usually), let it dry, cut it out and apply just like any other decal (However, decals will eventually reach the stage that even Decal Film won't work).

Another thing you might try is to spray a coat of clear over the decal sheet - I've never done it but have some friends who swear by it.

And another thing you don't know yet, is the glue on the decal going to work - in the past I've used old decals that came off the paper like they're supposed to and gone on apparently like they're supposed to. And come back the next day when the decal is dry and it is either curling up on the model or fallen completly off the model. And another thing I've had with happen is the decal refuses to come off the backing paper - it's gotten damp sometime during storage and the glue has been activated the result of which is an unusable decal. Which is why I usually go with an AM set
  • Member since
    November 2005
restore old decals
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 20, 2005 8:15 AM
I just got back into the hobby after a 20 year break---wow at all the info. I bought a P-47 in 1/32, it was about a 1965 kit. it might have been a collectable but its built now. one problem, the decals are old and brittle. After being diped in water, they crack into little pieces. How can they be restored? Maybe I just need a new set. Any help would be appreciated!

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