Microscale decal issues

cfquinlan May 15, 2019 at 6:47 PM

  1. cfquinlan

    cfquinlan TrainBoard Member

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    I posted this on The Inspection Pit a few months ago and didn't get many responses. Hoping more people see it here:

    I'm having issues with Microscale decals not softening and conforming to the surface of models (smooth or irregular surfaces). I can't seem to get them to adhere well, especially Amtrak stripes and white decal film sheets that have been printed within the last few years. They are also super brittle and break easily (even with the decal restore solution). I remember them being easier to work with in the past. Has Microscale started using a new formula or material that has changed the ease of use? Also, areas of the decal start to discolor when Micro Sol/Set pool on them, even in small amounts that one would normally use for decaling activities.

    I've included two pictures:
    1. Shows a test decal on a glossy surface after Micro Set and Sol usage. Note the decal has actually lifted off the surface of the model.
    2. The other picture (with a red arrow and circle) show the discoloration issue on the blue portion of the stripe.

    Anyone else experiencing these issues as well? And if so, any solutions?

    I'm at a complete loss!

    For troubleshooting purposes I've:
    Used Micro Sol and Micro Set (in that order)
    I've tried the Walthers solution too
    I'm putting the decals on a glossy surface

    Thanks for reading!

    v/r
    Chris
     

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  2. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    How old are the decal sheets?
     
  3. wpsnts

    wpsnts TrainBoard Supporter

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    Perhaps contacting Microscale would get you some answers. What little I know it sounds like an age issue.
     
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  4. Rich_S

    Rich_S TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Chris, I've never had this problem with Microscale decals. Where have the decals been stored prior to use? Did they get wet or were they exposed to high humidity? Usually Brittle decals are a sign of very old decals. It sounds like you've tried the most popular setting solutions, you've either received a bad batch of decals or a set of decals that have been setting on the shelf for an extended period of time. Like Dave mentioned above, I'd contact Microscale for any additional advice or possible solution to your decal issues.
     
  5. bman

    bman TrainBoard Member

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    I've used some pretty old decals from Microscale and Walthers. Brushing their Liquid Decal Film on these has worked well for me. I've also not had a lot of trouble getting their decals to lay down. I've also not experienced the discoloring either. Like others mentioned contacting Microscale is a good first step.
     
  6. cfquinlan

    cfquinlan TrainBoard Member

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    Guys,

    Thanks for all the answers. These decals aren't that old, only a few months. I have contacted Microscale and I'm waiting to hear back still.

    Chris
     
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  7. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm curious what set your test decal came from? Amtrak?
     

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