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BlaxlandAlex3
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Well, I knew it was too good to be true, but I bought some "Sealed" Microscale decals I needed. There were two packs, Gold and White, both of which I could use. $7 with best offer and free shipping, heck yes, shut up and take my money!

To be fair, yes, the seller does state in all their listings that they may be brittle, but hey 5 bucks! Why not!


Of course they all broke apart into a gazillion pieces. I've only used some, but I don't want them to go to waste! Is there a way to restore and possibly save my dear decals? I heard Chops sprayed some gloss clear over his CN decals. Would this help?

I would like to use the gold ones on a future project. I haven't even tried one to see if that sheet is also a no - go.
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Crown Vic
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You can do it a few ways.

Spray it with Testors dullcote....or do what I do that is no-fail, coat the decal sheet with Microscale Decal Film.

I do this with any decal sheet that I suspect has some age on it. Even newer Microscale decal sets are more susceptible to cracking because they are so thin to start with.

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BlaxlandAlex3
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quote:
You can do it a few ways.

Spray it with Testors dullcote....or do what I do that is no-fail, coat the decal sheet with Microscale Decal Film.

I do this with any decal sheet that I suspect has some age on it. Even newer Microscale decal sets are more susceptible to cracking because they are so thin to start with.



Originally posted by Crown Vic - May 08 2020 :  3:21:11 PM



Dullcote? Hmm, I'll try that. Don't have any decal film. Well, worth a shot, thanks for the tip!
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Srenchin
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Check out "my Tyco plug door boxcar rebuilding program" thread in the kitbashing section to see my solution for brittle decals. Look for the yellow Chicago and North Western rebuilds where I discussed running into this problem.
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Chops124
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I did the dullcote thing first time, it worked. It was necessary to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the backing to saturate and release the film.
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BlaxlandAlex3
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Interesting, Chops, thanks. I think I'll try that as I don't have any of the products Srenchin mentioned.

Also seems the link for "VitaChrome" is no more.
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Helm
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There's also Microscale Liquid Deal Film from the same company that makes Micro-Set and Micro-Sol decal setting solutions.

It's a 1 ounce bottle that you brush on. A bottle last forever. The label on mine says $2.50, but it's probably around $5.00 for a new bottle.

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BlaxlandAlex3
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There's also Microscale Liquid Deal Film from the same company that makes Micro-Set and Micro-Sol decal setting solutions.

It's a 1 ounce bottle that you brush on. A bottle last forever. The label on mine says $2.50, but it's probably around $5.00 for a new bottle.

Rich

Originally posted by Helm - May 11 2020 :  10:49:20 PM



Everyone says this is the tried and true method, I'll have to see if my friend Brian has any I can borrow. If not I'll go with the dullcote.
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