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Decal question/problem - curling and cracking

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Decal question/problem - curling and cracking
Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Monday, January 28, 2019 1:58 PM

I'm working on a Beemax rally car kit, which is pretty new, and having a blazes of a time with the red panel decals.  As soon as they hit the water they curl up in a tight roll, and when it comes time to unroll them they're cracking into multiple pieces.

Tonight I'm going to get a flat, heavy piece and submerge them under that piece to hopefully stop this issue.  I'm guessing others have run into this before, and if so, what did you do to stop the issue?

I'm thinking a decal holder which would keep a decal straight when submerged would be a popular aftermarket tool if someone made it.

 

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, January 28, 2019 6:54 PM

If they are cracking when unrolled it sounds like they are in need of a clear cover coat before putting into the water.  Testors sells a spray just for this, I can't think of the name right now.  Or even a couple light coats of clear would work.  However, be careful not to add too thick of a coat, it will show up on the model.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 2:44 AM

Yes nearly all kit decals I'm about to use, I use an enamel clear coat X2 first. I only opened a new to me kit the other day still in it's vacu-wrap and the 2 sets of decals won't separate from the backing and when I can realese them they fall apart. I've had to use some home printed decals in place of the kit ones

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:43 PM

I built the chevy cruze by Aoshima/Beemax model and the decals in that kit were the worst I have ever worked with. Fortunately I had gone for a different aftermarket decal graphics set so the few I used from the kit, even though they gave me huge amounts of grief, I was able to apply. I can tell you now that I doubt clearcoating will help because I did that and the decals still fell apart.  Interestingly, a number of the decals cracked right along the different color lines. It would be interesting to see if other builders are still having the same issues and whether or not Beemax has addressed the issue.  Keep us posted please.

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:41 PM

justmike

I built the chevy cruze by Aoshima/Beemax model and the decals in that kit were the worst I have ever worked with. Fortunately I had gone for a different aftermarket decal graphics set so the few I used from the kit, even though they gave me huge amounts of grief, I was able to apply. I can tell you now that I doubt clearcoating will help because I did that and the decals still fell apart.  Interestingly, a number of the decals cracked right along the different color lines. It would be interesting to see if other builders are still having the same issues and whether or not Beemax has addressed the issue.  Keep us posted please.

 

Mike, thanks for this info.  My decals, while they didn't stick to the cover paper, picked up something from them and they're not even in color.  I'm going to do a 'resin' (diamond) clear coat and hope that unifies them.  I am getting them to be more manageable by weighting them down, but they are still cracking.  I'd never have this problem with a Tamiya decal, or even the newer Revell kits.

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"

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