How Do I Keep My Decals From Lifting ?
Posted 24 March 2008 - 04:18 PM
I just got back into the hobby after many, many years away. I have read your Mag for about the past year now, and have picked up alot of valuable information. Going over the past year of issues, I have not come across the problem that I'm having with my decals. Heres how it went. After finishing the body with spray enamel, And letting it dry for about a week. I set about decaling. First I applied Micro-set to help in decal positioning, after I hit the right spot, I applied Micro-sol to help with the comforming and softening of the decal. After drying for an hour. I blotted the decals with water to remove the residual adhesive from the face of the decals. After another hour, I clear coated the body, with spray enamel. Now i am running into the problem of the decals lifting around the edges ( see attached pictures ). Any and all help will be greatly appreciated
Thanks for a Great Mag./ Keep up the good work..
Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:05 PM
Hope this helps.
Edited by Brendan, 24 March 2008 - 05:11 PM.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:09 PM
As for how long to wait, if you don't force dry the decals with a dehydrator, I'd let them sit at least several days to be sure. Many clearcoats can damage decals if you don't apply it very slowly/carefully.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:17 PM
I have had this happen before
I now wait at least a day
and always use the dryer
Posted 24 March 2008 - 07:44 PM
Again, thank you for the help
Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:49 PM
I think that a lot of models look better without clear coats, depending on the model.
You don't see old race cars with miles-deep layers of clear over decals, now do you
Just my ten cents (inflation, sorry)
Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:33 AM
I've had good results polishing lightly over decals that aren't clearcoated. Obviously all the buffing to get the paint smooth was done before the decals were put in place. A light buffing of the decals is only needed to clean them up after application.