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Old 10-28-2019, 10:53 PM   #1
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Help Rescuing Decals

I have a (another) set of decals that is missing the clear film on top of the printing. Anyone have a trick to save the decal?
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Old 10-29-2019, 01:31 AM   #2
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Lay them on a flat surface and Spray them with clear Krylon and let them dry. Usually 2 or 3 coats will stabilize the decals. You just need to trim them as close as possible. Let them dry well too....

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Old 10-29-2019, 11:20 AM   #3
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Testor's gloss coat will work as well.....
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Lay them on a flat surface and Spray them with clear Krylon and let them dry. Usually 2 or 3 coats will stabilize the decals. You just need to trim them as close as possible. Let them dry well too....

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They make a special coating spray for decals, but why pay 3 times as much for it.

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Old airplane model trick...

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Are we talking about decals with damaged decal film, or is the decal layer completely gone and all that is left is the printing?

If the decal film layer is just aged or damage, then some basic clear coat (brush or spray) should stabilize it enough to keep using the decals.

If the decal layer completely gone, then I'd advise the purchase of "liquid decal film" which is cheap and useful. It will create a whole new layer of film even if all that's currently left on the paper is printing.

Best of luck!.
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Are we talking about decals with damaged decal film, or is the decal layer completely gone and all that is left is the printing?

If the decal film layer is just aged or damage, then some basic clear coat (brush or spray) should stabilize it enough to keep using the decals.

If the decal layer completely gone, then I'd advise the purchase of "liquid decal film" which is cheap and useful. It will create a whole new layer of film even if all that's currently left on the paper is printing.

Best of luck!.
Pretty sure someone forgot the final layer when making the decal. I was holding off til I finished but I ended up using glosscoat because it was there on the work table. Two decals went on easy then a bigger one shredded, so I put on another coat. Hopefully I can finish in the morning.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:01 AM   #8
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Dullcoat this morning, looks good.
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Looks great! The decal rescue technique isn’t perfect, but it works most of the time.

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