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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 18, 2017, 02:15:04 AM »

Thanks for the info on the Rustoleum. Good to know. I learned that Testors dull coat in the spray can is different make up then in the glass bottle. Found this out the hard way with a bubble reaction over a nice Enamel spray can job with a CN zebra stripe decal job. Small bubbles in a area looked like paint peeling with a little added brush touch up . Never reacted any more then that. Actually took advantage of a mistake that worked out with a little weathering to go along with the peeling paint. Don't weather much ,but  had to in order to save it or strip it and start all over that is not affordable to me.
Jon
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