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    January, 2017
Tearing Decals
Posted by Calmo2 on Sunday, May 07, 2017 9:51 PM

Hello; I am having trouble with tearing decals!!!! Is there a way to condition your decals to keep them from tearing so easily when they are wet? I am building a 1970 GTO Judge and the cheek decals are 3 decals, 1 on top of the other and are 3 different colors. I managed to get the first one ok but after I wait for 24 hours to dry I tried to put the second one on over top of the first and every time I try to position it buy moving it around gently as I can it always ends up tearing!! Is ther some kind of secret of moving a decal around without it tearing or am I just taking too long to position it and the decal is getting too soft? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Sunday, May 07, 2017 11:16 PM

Is the decal sheet old? If so, I would have sprayed it with a couple of light coats of clear lacquer and let that sheet dry for 24 hours before using the decals. Did you use a setting solution like Micro Set on the body before appling the decals? This seems to help with placing the decals in position, which I use almost all of the time when I work with decals.

High octane

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, May 08, 2017 8:43 AM

Are you using decal solvent? I know we have discussed using this stuff before. Though it can be very helpful for helping decals snuggle down over surface features, it can also soften some decals too much, such that they may tear when handled.

And as HO said above, old decals can be troublesome as well. Some builders coat them as he described. There is also a decal coating product by Microscale called Decal Film, used to help preserve old decals that may be helpful. I tried it on a set of decals once, but they were already hopeless so not a good trial of the product. otherwise I haven't tried clear coating decals before use.

 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Trevor

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, May 08, 2017 8:50 AM

There may also be anothe option. It sounds like you are using an old set of Fred Cady decals. These were the only game in town at one time, but Keith Marks now does decals for the 70 GTO. Check here https://public.fotki.com/mofobow/pontiac/gto/70_71_gto_the_judge/ and see if there is anything of interest to you. You may have better luck with these. His decals get good reviews. The best part is, no stacking of layers for the individual colours.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by Calmo2 on Monday, May 08, 2017 11:23 AM

Thanks Guys!  Hello bainford, You are right they are Fred Cady decals. I am not using Micro Sol but I am using Micro Set. The other web site you gave me looks like his decals are better and it also looks like the fender cheek decals are just one piece decal which is going to make my life alot easier rather than trying to put on 3 decals, one over top of the others. I am going to order those ones. Thanks again.

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