Decal Setting and Solvent

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Decal Setting and Solvent

Postby patrickivan » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:48 am

I've never used decal sets or solvents, and there appears to be a myriad of information and types.

Including DIYers.

One issue I am having is finding this stuff in Canada. Hell, Amazon and ebay is even proving to be an out of country experience.

I've also noticed a LOT of people guessing what's in this stuff. But it only took me a minute to find, for examples, Testors Decal Set MSDS. http://www.rustoleum.com/MSDS/ENGLISH/8804TT.pdf That stuff is Glacial Acetic Acid...

I seem to be having difficulty locating microscale industries micro sol and set's msds... The key is finding who the mfg is and look up their product information. In Testor's case, rustoleum makes their set...

But this is the key to getting my hands on some to try. Because I ain't spending $20 for 1 oz of acidic acid, and have it shipped from the US. That's just nutty.
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Re: Decal Setting and Solvent

Postby trekriffic » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:56 pm

I've tried white vinegar diluted with tap water before. Worked pretty well.
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Re: Decal Setting and Solvent

Postby patrickivan » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:46 pm

Do you have any issues with the surface tension being so much that you can't get it to coat over the area you want?

It really just follows the brush around in a blob.

I've never tried this stuff before. I'm doing the Warp Sled Shuttle (Federation Markings). Heck, I've never done a model with so many decals before. Glad I'm doing this one before my 1/350 Enterprise
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Re: Decal Setting and Solvent

Postby patrickivan » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:20 pm

I've been using the Testors Decal Set and I'm not really sure how I like it. The decals seem to finish well if I coat them and leave them a few hours.

Once thing I'm not liking is that it doesn't help around corners, et c. But I've found that some liquid cement brushed on just wicks that decal flat and bonds it instantly and incredibly well. But too much and it'll rip or dissolve it.
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