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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:49 pm    Post subject: Decal Salvage? Reply with quote

I'm working on a Wally Dallenbach, Jr. #46 - Woody Woodpecker. The decals look great on the paper, but 1) they crack super easy and 2) they seem to be stuck to the backing paper. Any suggestions as to what to do?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used this before with decals that were brittle.....It's not 100% but it saved the majority of them.


https://www.amazon.com/Microscale-Industries-Micro-Liquid-Decal/dp/B0006O9K5G
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Warm, almost hot, water helps, too. I always use distilled water for decalling as it has no minerals or chemicals in it (esp. important if you have municipal water). The Microscale decal Film can hold the decals together but it also thickens them a little. I have also used it as a glue to hold older decals down that have lost their adhesiveness until I could get my clear coat on. If the decals are a little stiff and not wanting to conform, a hair dryer can help with that.

Brian
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've tried Testor's Decal Fixative with these (which smells a LOT like their Gloss) So far, it's been hit-or-miss. I did happen to have another sheet (3 sheets, actually). It's plugging along; although I've ruined a few decals where they tore (one wouldn't release from the paper). I hadn't considered the distilled water; I may have to pick up some today.

I appreciate the tips!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's where I am so far. I've used Testors decal fixative and LOTS of MicroSol and MicroSet.







Still need to finish marking and then clean up the residue from the decal solvents. I'll be clearcoating this one for certain. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did get the hood decaled! This was on the second try ...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, looks good so far, I never had any issues with decals when I did mine, as a matter of fact I'm pretty sure I had all the decals on in about 2 hours, the hood did give me some fits though. The very warm water does help A LOT though, and I cut all decals first and soaked a couple at a time so they would slide easier.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian, thanks for the tip on using distilled water! City water here is loaded with water softening salt.....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
I think my biggest issue has been the age of the decals. Although, I was surprised. I keep my decals in a closet in the guest room; sealed in a plastic case. This is the first time I've had significant issues. But, that is okay. I got clear on the kit recently; so it's onward and upward!
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