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Small Decals On Body and Wheels Questions?

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  • Member since
    July 2017
  • From: Boston
Small Decals On Body and Wheels Questions?
Posted by George123 on Monday, March 4, 2019 5:09 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm finishing the 1/24th Tamiya Ferrari Modena (Yellow version).

1)There are tiny circular Ferrari waterslide decal logos that go on the center of the chrome wheels.

It's my experience that these do NOT stick well, and in fact come off if the model is handled during finishing.  Any tips on what to do here? Maybe a small pinhead size of Elmers white glue?

2) On the Ferrari logo decals for the body itself I would apply as usual then use Tamiya markfit to flatten down.  Will Mark fit or even micro-sol affect the TS 16 yellow paint?

3) Finally,  once the decals are dry can they be waxed over with Tamiya model wax without damaging them?  Anything I should look out for in doing this?

Thanks for any advice I really appreciate it.  This is a great model, as I approach the finish line I don't want to screw it up.



  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:34 AM

In my experience Mark Fit and other common decal solvents will not damage Tamiya lacquer, or any other lacquers or enamals that I have tried. I have had decal sovlents damage Tamiya acrylic paint, though.

I use Tamiya wax directly over well dried decals for years with no problems. In fact I find the wax gives a nice, realistic sheen in the case of decals that replicate vinyl stripes or stickers.

Without seeing the specific wheel or decal in question it is difficult to make a recommendation. I would suggest trimming the clear carrier film as close to the image as possible, and use decal solvent. If needed, once the decal has dried, apply a drop of Future or other thin clear coat to the decal.

I have read of builders using a tiny drop of thinned Elmer's glue under decals. It may work in this application, though I have no personal experience so can't make any specific recommendations. It might be worth trying this on scrap wheels using scrap small decals to get a feel for how it might work.

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  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 11:08 AM

In addition to Bainford's suggestions regarding the wheel decals, I have used Testors Clear Parts Cement/Window Maker to help small decals in odd places like this. The small applicator tip is handy for getting just a tiny drop of glue in place without making a mess, and has been very compatible with decal adhesives and setting solutions in my experience.

  • Member since
    July 2017
  • From: Boston
Posted by George123 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:23 PM

Thank You both for these great suggestions and advice.

I bought a sheet of small Ferrari logo decals on Ebay which I can use to do some tests.  

When I built the Tamiya LaFerrari a couple of the decals came off the chrome wheels while I was handling the model during the final finishing stage.  Hence why I bought a decal sheet of logos to have.


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