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Remove Decals from Die-cast models
There have bee a lot of people lately asking about removing decals from Diecast model so they can apply after market decals. The following should be of help.
There are different approaches to removing decals depending on who produced the model.
Minichamps are the easiest decals
to remove, it is almost as if they are attached by static electricity. But care
still needs to be taken.
For more stubborn decals, you can use
scotch tape. Be careful not to stick the tape on any
decal you wish to remain. Lay the scotch tape on the decal and rub it to
stick well on the decal making sure you go past the decal on to the painted
bodywork. Then carefully remove the decal starting at one corner. If you find it
is still connected to a decal you want to remain, cut through the decal
carefully with your knife and continue peeling it back.
After all the required decals have been removed wash the bodywork with the soapy water and dry it off, ready for the application of the new decals
Hot Wheels are generally the most
difficult. I believe they may have a clear coat applied after the decal.
After you have removed all the decals you want, wash the bodywork again with the soapy water, and dry it ready for the decal application.
NOTE: Some "decals" are not decals, they are painted on. So make sure what you are trying to remove is a decal.
Applying the new decals: Have a saucer of warm water ready to submerge your decals in. Have your decals cut from the sheet. Have tweezers and Q-tips at hand. Have your decal setting solution ready. (I use Micro-set and Micro-sol)
Pick the area for the decal you are going to apply. Using a Q-tip apply a solution of water and decal setting solution to the model. (It will probably bead up, but do not worry) Place the decal in the dish of warm water, give the glue enough time to soften allowing the decal to "Slide" on the backing paper.
Place the decal approximately where you want it to go. Slide one edge of the decal off the backing sheet and hold it in place on the model with a Q-tip, slide the backing paper out from under the decals. (You may need to apply more water at this point.) Move the decal into the desired position and carefully dab the decal to remove excess water, being careful not to move the decal. Apply your decal setting solution on top of the decal and roll the Q-tip over the decal ensuring there is no air trapped under the decal.
If there are panel lines you want the decal to conform to, use a little extra decal solution and with the Q-tip carefully push it into the groves.
If there are multiple curved surfaces the decal has to conform to, do exactly as above, but the final operation should be using a hair drier to make the decal shrink/conform to the shape. Do not apply too much heat. Practice makes perfect.