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RAILSPLITTER

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« on: November 05, 2017, 12:30:40 PM »

I have a few sound value locomotives and noticed the decals flaking off with normal handling like they have no top coat to seal them to the paint obviously. Bachmann replaced a few shells for me ,but the replacements are doing the same thing.
Can Bachmann recommend a compatible clear to coat that will not bubble up and react with the paint used on the models so that can fix it right without replacing the shells with just the same problem??

Jon
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dutchbuilder


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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 04:38:32 PM »

They are not a decal but are printed on in the factory.
The text is screen printed on a silicone transfer block and then pressed against the object.

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RAILSPLITTER

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 06:35:32 PM »

Thanks for the help of correcting my analogy of screen printing vs. Decal. Anyhow this answers the question how?
 Jon
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the Bach-man
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 10:33:45 PM »

Dear Railsplitter,
Dust on a couple of light coats of Testor's semi-gloss.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
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RAILSPLITTER

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 07:55:01 PM »

 Testors makes a semi gloss lacquer and enamel . Can you tell me what of the 2 I could use safely without reaction.  Thanks in advance!

Jon
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 11:53:47 PM »

Dear Split,
I regularly use three Testor's sprays: Dullcote, Semi-gloss, and Glosscote.
If you dust the spray on the model you'll have no problem.
Have fun!
the Bach-man
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 01:36:43 PM »

Testors makes a semi gloss lacquer and enamel . Can you tell me what of the 2 I could use safely without reaction.  Thanks in advance!

Jon

Although they say Lacquer and Enamel system on the can.......Rustoleum claims the formula is the same in both. I had this discussion with them about two years ago regarding their gloss coat. Even their Decal System Clear Topcoat is the same formula as any of their gloss clears. The same holds true for the flats and semi-gloss.

Only exception to this is their line of water based Acryl paints.

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RAILSPLITTER

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2017, 10:58:02 PM »

Just wonder why it was not used on some of the Sound value diesels. Clearly the strips on my Pennsy have some flaking of the stripes  . On a close

 magnified look they have a edge to them over the paint with no seal clear over them . Kind of looks like a very old decal that cracks and flakes off in the

 water and never used any kind of cleaners on the shell . Not nicked off either . I have some fine stripe yellow decals to fix the broken yellow strips down
 
the sides ,but this is no fun to do on a fairly new locomotives .Should not have to if the painter did the job right in the first place. Yes I am steaming a

 little ,but only am running diesels at the moment  Grin. Thanks for the help!

Jon
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