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B2Blain

Masking over decals

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Anyone have any suggestions to mask over decals so I can paint.  It seems when I want to remove decals, masking tape will not lift them.  But when I want to mask decals for painting or touch up the masking tape lifts the carrier film.  I have tried to seal the decals with future after drying with mixed results.

 

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What type of tape are you using? You probably need a low tack tape. Try Tamiya's masking tape and further reduce the tack by first sticking it to the back of your hand. Or you can try Stick-it notes. I have a paper type tape roll that has an extremely low tack adhesive, about the same as Stick-it notes. I bought it quite a while ago, but I think this may be the same thing (going by the comments).

https://www.amazon.com/3M-3051-WI07536-Scotch-Paper/dp/B000SPOHCY/ref=sr_1_12?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1530596418&sr=1-12&keywords=masking%2Btape%2Blow%2Btack&th=1

 

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Make sure you use Microsol or Walthers Solvaset and its over a well-cured gloss coat (I like Tamiya Clear X-22) (test Walthers before applying on a decals/big decal cause sometimes it'll literally melt the decal), give the decals several days to thoroughly dry, and then seal the decals after its really dried well after a couple days with some more Tamiya X-22, this will also make the carrier film border harder to see.

 

Dan

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Thanks for all the suggestions.

 

I've been using blue painters taps and them have been "selling" the decals with future.  Maybe I will try the low tack tape or post it note.  I'm concerned with bleed through, but if I spray a coat of base before the final coat maybe that might help.  

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Give future a solid 48-72 hours to cure and even better is Tamiya x-22 clear.  And try using Tamiya yellow or kabuki tape which works good and is low tac 

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Blue painters tape is definitely too high tack. Get some Tamiya or Kabuki tape as mentioned.  The only thing I use the blue tape for is holding parts together when dry fitting.

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Little bits of paper over the decal image and Tamiya tape over that where the adhesive only touches non-decaled surfaces. MAYBE Tamiya tape won't pull off decals, but I don't take the risk.

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Another vote for Post-It notes or similar. I wont say Tamiya tape WILL remove decals but it definitely CAN since I have intentionally removed decals using it

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I have a roll of Tamiya tape but have not used it previously.  I am intrigued by the post it note idea.  I'm thinking it might be a good option for flat surfaces.  Is there a greater chance of the paint bleeding through?

 

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Blain

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I am using Gunze's Mr. Setter.  Is it just suppose to help move around the decal and set or are there some adhesive properties contained in it?  Also sometimes Mr. Setter leaves a white residue.  Is it dissolving the future coat or does the white residue come from Mr. Setter?

 

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