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    Ok guys what do you guys use I do have MircoScales Decal flim anyway to airbrush that or just use dullcoat some of my hopper decals are old as dirt

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    Use the decal film. I don't see that spraying them with paint would help at all.

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    I've heard dullcoat works wonders, nothing as good a a fresh decal but it's passable
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    spraying decal film on an old decal is basically adding a fresh coat of film to what it originally had. This way the decal can be used and settle down on details as it should. I don't know how a coat of paint would give the same results. I would think that it would actually prevent it.

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    I either use a spray of Testors Glosscoat or I brush on Liquid Decal Film. I've really not noticed any difference between the 2 and interchange between the two products. If I am using a full sheet I find spraying Glosscoat is easier. If I am using a small portion of a decal sheet, I'll just brush on the film on the decals I wish to use, let dry then cut that decal out of the sheet. I have found that if I am either spraying the Glosscoat or brushing on the liquid film on a decal that has already been cut out, the layer I am applying can wick between the existing decal and the backing sheet via the edge where a cut has been made. You'll see the backing sheet change colors. This tends to make the decal very hard to get off the paper in my experience. There have been a few that I could not get off the backing sheet. But on those I applied way to much as I got in a rush so that's on me. So on decals that I've saved off of sheets to use later, I only brush on the liquid decal film and I am very careful when brushing near the edge of the backing paper. On a full sheet this isn't a problem as there are no decals near the edge. Below are photos of what I'm currently working on. I sprayed the orange Wheeling decals from Highball Graphics with Glosscoat. On the 4 bays I used liquid decal film on the Shellscale(data), Highball(road number), and Microscale(stripes and reporting mark) decals with liquid decal film. Hope this helps.
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    the Decal Flim seems to work better on the Old Mircoscale decals but some old Alps Printed ones not so good the decal would curl up and can't get it to lay flat but the Dullcoat works great so far only got half a Covered Hopper done so far waiting for them to dry and see what happens

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