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Micro Set and Micro Sol; how to use them with my decals?

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    March 2021
  • From: Quebec, Canada
Micro Set and Micro Sol; how to use them with my decals?
Posted by DarkWoods on Saturday, March 13, 2021 11:25 AM

Hi everyone!

I have just received a bottle of Micro Set and a bottle of Micro Sol to use with my decals. The only thing is that I don't really know how to use them.



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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 26, 2021 9:48 AM

Red is the stronger stuff,it works well if its a thick decal, or if it needs to snug into panel lines or over raised details.You apply it to the decal after you apply it in the normal way,it softens the decal.

Blue isn't as strong

You should Google some videos on their use if I'm not clear also.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, April 26, 2021 11:17 AM


     Although I don't decal often, I use the Micro Set to help( with water) to maneuver the decal in place and soften it. I then apply a drop of Micro-Sol to help it. After I blot it the first time. I apply another drop of Micro Sol. This softens it a final time and let's me blot with a soft cotton cloth and it then takes on the contours of what's around it. If it doesn't set entirely one more very small drop of Set and dry over nite. Next day, beautiful painted on looking Decals.

     Sorry, when I first posted this, I got the names switched around.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, April 26, 2021 12:02 PM

Like Tojo said, Micro Sol in the bottle with red markings is the stronger of the two.  You can use the Micro Set in the blue bottle for wetting and positioning, but don't use the Micro Sol until you have the decal exactly where you want it.  If you use Micro Sol during the positioning process you'll ruin your decal.  That stuff you just want to brush on and then leave the decal alone.  As it sits, the decal will take on a wrinkly appearance, but don't mess with it.  Just leave it alone and let it do its thing.  If you try to smooth out the wrinkles, you'll ruin your decals.  The wrinkles will go away on their own.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:00 AM

I usually use the setting solution (Blue bottle) for all decals.  However, I do not use solvent (Red bottle) unless I really need to.  There is a risk.  After putting it on decal, you MUST let it sit until dry.  Any attempts to smooth surface risks damaging the decal.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:01 AM

In addition to the above information, the directions for usage are listed on the backs of the bottles.

As a general rule, you'll usually just need Micro Set on surfaces that are fairly flat with minimal contours or raised/recessed details. On more complex surfaces such as corrugated or compound curves, that's when Micro Sol is more likely to be needed.


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