Is there a way to preserve postwar Lionel decals?

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Is there a way to preserve postwar Lionel decals?
Posted by Alfie920 on Sunday, July 02, 2017 12:24 AM

I am restoring my grandfathers train layout.

One boxcar, the Baltimore & Ohio Timesaver No. 6464-400 variation A, is in excellent condition however the decals are beginning to bubble slightly. 

Luckily, there has been to breaking/chipping of the bubbles...yet.


Is there a away to remoisten the decals and/or a product to help with or correct the issue and maybe protect them.


Thank you for your help!



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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, July 02, 2017 9:41 AM

The only thing I can think of is to make sure the car is clean and then spray it with something like Testors semi-gloss clearcoat to "anchor" the decals and put some kind of impervious barrier between the decals and humidity, but don't try that until you hear from some of the other folks on this Forum.  I can't claim to be an expert on this. 

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Posted by cwburfle on Sunday, July 02, 2017 9:52 AM

Its impossible to judge the condition of your boxcar without nice sharp photographs of the car.
IMHO, if the car is still in "collectable" condition, there is nothing you can do to stabilize the decals and maintain its collectability.

If you are not concerned with collectabilty, then clear coating the car is an option. I'd suggest making certain the car is free from dust and dirt first. Don't want to trap that stuff on the car.

Were the car mine, I would just be careful not to handle the car by the decals.

I suppose you could look for replacement decals. At one time the ones used on your car were easy to find.

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Posted by Alfie920 on Sunday, July 02, 2017 12:41 PM


car is in excellent condition. one small nick in the silver paint on top.

I am having no luck posting a pic on here, will get them up once i figure it out.

is there a trick to adding photos?


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Posted by rrswede on Sunday, July 02, 2017 4:40 PM

See Bob Kellers post. Number 3 topic on this forum, or


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Posted by sir james I on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 12:00 PM

Micro Scale makes different products for decaling projects. But anything you do will distract for the original.

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