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  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Home made setting solution
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:49 PM

I was going to apply thirty two decals on the shields of my Viking ship when I found out I was out of setting solution.  Needed it right away, so decided to make some myself.  I heard it was mostly a mix of white vinegar and water.  Tried about three drops of vinegar in a teaspoon of water.  Seemed to work fine- got all 32 decals applied.  I am not claiming it is as good as commercial stuff but it seemed to be usefulin a pitch.

I have no idea what is in decal solvent, but I have almost a full bottle of that so who cares.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:55 PM

A handy tip, Don, thanks.  I'd heard this stuff was a mildly acid solution, but I wouldn't have thought of making my own, and you're a brave man to try it on a model!

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Posted by MJY65 on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:56 PM

I used vinegar many decades ago before I knew about setting solutions.  In my opinion, it works just about as well as MicroSet, but not as effeective as Tamiya.  It doesn't have the softening effect of MicroSol or Tamiya Strong when adaptation to detail is critical, but not bad on a smooth surface.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 3:06 PM

Set has that characteristic acetic acid smell.

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Posted by Faux fisherman on Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:44 AM

I have been using 2 parts water / 1 part vinegar to apply decals and it works very well even on Academy decals !

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:25 AM

Faux fisherman

I have been using 2 parts water / 1 part vinegar to apply decals and it works very well even on Academy decals !

I've used that same formula (probably gleaned from some ancient IPMS publication) several times when my go-to Solvaset has been in short supply. Worked quite well even on compound curves and detail, as long as they weren't overly-'dramatic.'

Greg

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:46 AM
I'm going to have to play with this for some PrintScale and Academy decals I have.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:12 PM

Hi Don;

 Smell the setting solution. There is either Vinegar or a chemical that smells like it in there!

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:31 PM

Yeah, acetic acid-white vinegar-is an old-school setting solution.  Many commercial solutions have acetic acid as their active ingredient.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:04 PM

Hi Baron;

      Yeah, That's what I thought. In many formulations even tissue tightening for Japanese Lanterns and Tissue on Frame Aircraft. That's the major ingredient. In a pinch I used to use Diluted Lemon Juice( Store-Bought) No Pulp that way!

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