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What Makes Decals Crinkle Under A Clear Coat?

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Am working on a 1/72 Dragon Rapide, using the great...and hard to find...Whiskey Jack decals. Starting with a nice, glossy surface of Testors enamel that had cured for about a week, the decals seemed to go on fine, over a dab of thinned, white-glue solution that I use to prevent silvering. When the 'cals looked dry, I hit them with the mighty Solvaset. I usually wait at least a good day after Solvaset, Micro-anything, etc, before doing the top coat, but it was about another week of cure-time before that step, which should have been a good thing. When I sprayed on the Testors clear coat, a couple of the smaller decals crinkled up. !#$%"!

 

After this nightmare dried, I started making numerous fine cuts with an extra sharp knife and re-applying the Solvaset, to gradually knock it down. Some progress with that, but it still appears that I'm basically hosed. What happened here?

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Sounds like the clear was too hot for the decals. Even some enamels have the power to wrinkle decals....

 

Ralph

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And "Yes" for anyone who has been trapped in a convergent dimension for the last couple of years, "It's called Pledge with Future Shine now." :smiley1:

 

Mike

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"Future" is your friend. I'd quit using the Testors clear gloss (laquer-based) and use Future for your gloss coat.

 

You can apply Solvaset, Mr. Mark Softer, anything...without ill effect.

 

Yep, all true....you can even use oil washes over it with no worries.

 

I used to use Metallizer Sealer as my clear decal/wash base (it dried to a hard, smooth finish that took deacls and weathering well), but I switched to Future because the smell from the Sealer was more than overpowering. While Future isn't bulletproof, it is extremely friendly and for most purposes works great.

 

Mix in a little Tamiya Flat Base and you get a semi- or full matte finish that you can adjust and tailor to the requirement at hand.

 

Ralph

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"Future" is your friend. I'd quit using the Testors clear gloss (laquer-based) and use Future for your gloss coat.

 

You can apply Solvaset, Mr. Mark Softer, anything...without ill effect.

Oh, yes. Just make sure you let the Future cure.

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Hmmm - I think I can see the Future, sts.

 

Thanx guys!

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