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I'm currently trying to get my Tamiya decals to settle on my 1:48 Zero. I've already applied micro sol about 4 times, but the decals still look like decals and are not conforming to the detail underneath.

Im worried that if I keep coating them with micro sol seeking perfection I may damage the decals. Is this something to be careful about, or should I keep plugging away with multiple coats until I get the 'painted on' finish I'm after?

How many coats of micro sol do you experienced guys use?

Any advice welcome.

Surprised at how thick the Tamiya decals are TBH. This is the 1st Tamiya kit I've built and everything else has been good. Come to think of it, the instrument panel decals went down rather nicely.

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did you gloss coat before hand? Or rough surface? Micro set and push out bubbles water etc?
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I applied a klear coat and used micro set. I'll persevere with additional applications of micro sol. Maybe I'll just have to accept that they are as good as they are going to get. I should have explored and looked for appropriate mask for the main decals so I could have sprayed them on.
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I've bought some solvaset - supposed to be stronger than micro sol and good for thick decals. Will post an update and let you know if it works.
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yea recently i used microsol on a tamiya decal and it stayed creased after numerous times...
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The Tamiya decals are indeed very thick.

I put on part of the decals for the Swordfish this weekend. I actually followed Bobby's tutorial for this with the difference that I applied both of the solutions a few times more.

Micro Set royally to lay down the decals and move them into place, let everything alone until almost dry and re-applied Micro Set, again royally. Rince and repeat. So 3x Micro Set

After that I applied four coats of Micro Sol, giving it ample time to nearly dry, this did work out quite well.

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Thanks Wim.

I've finally got the decals to an acceptable look on the underside of the aircraft. But it took 10 (yes, ten!) coats of Micro Sol.

My Walthers Solvaset arrived via the post at the weekend. So I am going to try this on some of the decals on the the upper surfaces of the aircraft. Hopefully, this will speed up thr process. I will let you know.

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I've had no trouble with using Micro set and sol on Tamiya decals.

As they are quite thick decals I've found that using warm water to release the decal backing is essential, as this starts to soften the decal before you put it in place.
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If you can get a hold of it try some MR Mark Softer It works great on Tamiya and other thicker decals Bobby uses it some times, just have to be careful of your paint work it's a little hotter than Micro sol so cant just splash it on.
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Update - a huge thumbs up as regards the Walthers Solvaset. Highly recommended.

Acheived a great effect with just one single application. Microsol took me around 10 applications to reach a similar effect!

It's strong stuff, possibly too strong for 'good' decals so be careful. Perfect for the Tamiya decals though. Apparently it can be diluted with water for more delicate decals.

I even used it on decals that had been through an extensive microset/sol process with no adverse effect.

I highly recommend you give this stuff a go. Effective and a proven time saver.



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That is good news! I look at decals like the makeup on a woman. you need it all smooth and lined up to get the maximum effect. sounds like you stayed with it and kicked some decal butt!
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