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Decal Removal
hkopper
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009 - 09:33 AM UTC
I ran into a snag and need to remove some decals on my build. What is the safest way to remove a decal without damaging the paint job underneath?
mother
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009 - 10:09 AM UTC
So long as the paint is hard and there is no dull/gloss coat over the decal, I say take a Q-Tip dabbed in water (HOT/WARM) and wipping leaving a bead of water on the decal. This should soften the decal and glue enough to slid off. I would stay away from any solvents as the my attack the paint.

Happy Modeling,
Joe
jaypee
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Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009 - 10:10 AM UTC
Pah I find this all to easy to do (ruining a lovely decal) If you have not coated with future or other varnish. Rubbed down masking tape will lift it off quicker than you can say "oh B&lls where has that decal gone"
If you've coated it with varnish you have to rub it down. If you want you save the decal try a setting agent microset to lift it off you might be successful but you might not it is a kinda risky thing.
hkopper
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 09:01 AM UTC
Thanks to all for the prompt response. I was able to remove the damaged decal with a piece of sticky tape but it took a small bit of paint along with it. That was not an issue because the replacement decal covered the damage done. Thanks again,

Hermann