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Removing Decals
Posted by JGray on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:46 PM

I have a need to remove some of the decals from ready to run freight cars in order to change their numbers.   Could someone please share a good technique for doing this?

Thx.

Jim

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Posted by Railphotog on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 4:05 PM

RTR models lettering is not done by decals, it is usually printed on with special ink/paint.   There are several different methods of removing lettering, not all work on all models, even by the same manufacturer.

I've used Walthers Solvaset decal solvent on a cotton swab to remove lettering on some models.  It works some times, but you need to watch carefully as you go along, as the paint underneath can also be removed.   Others have used waterless hand cleaner, rubbing alcohol, commercial model paint remover, etc.    There is no one solution for all models, its mostly a matter of experimenting.

On one steam engine tender I was able to successfully remove the printed on lettering with Solvaset, but this left the area shiny on the satin finish paint.  So I needed to repaint the side of the tender again with black.

Test and test again!

 

 

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Posted by Flashwave on Thursday, March 31, 2011 3:13 AM

One more thought to what Photog has said: MicroSOL is usually considered to be less potent than Solveaset. So you might thry that. It may still take up paint, ut less so. I hope. Or not. I've only used it a few times, but with success.

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Posted by hdtvnut on Thursday, March 31, 2011 5:40 AM

I have had good success with Solvaset and either a swab, or, if this hasn't started to work after a minute or two, a common pink pencil eraser.  F.I., I removed the letterboard stuff from a whole set of MTH SP Daylight cars so well that no residue was visible nor repainting necessary.   

Then I put the new decals on the resulting shiney surface, masked everything outside that area, and sparingly applied Dulcote spray.

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Posted by Mike Kieran on Friday, April 01, 2011 3:22 PM

I've used Floquil/Polly S Easy Lift Off Decal remover with great success. I'm removing the Railbox lettering to put on my own private roadname.

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Posted by Proto87 2011 on Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:45 AM

As I have suggested to multiple people trying to remove decal there is a MR Expert Tips video on how to remove decals.

Disclaimer: I AM A TEENAGER!!!

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Posted by B30-7CR on Sunday, April 17, 2011 8:14 PM

Have you ever painted a model and did not like the look of the
paint? Or maybe you have an old model you would like to redo
but don't know how to go about it? Here are a few tips that will
help you. When stripping paint from plastic models you have
to be very careful what you use or you may damage the plastic.
The best product I have found to work is called Purple Power
or CASTORAL Super Clean Engine Degreaser and it should
be avalible at most retail auto parts stores such as Auto Zone
or Advance Auto. WARNING: Besure to test the solution you
are using on an unwanted part before putting your model in it
to be sure it does not damage the model.THIS WILL WORK WITH LETTERING, JUST NEED TO REPLACE ROAD NAMES!!

Crap happens. When it does, stop, take a deep breath, and call the wreck train.

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Posted by Flashwave on Monday, April 18, 2011 4:45 AM

B30-7CR

Have you ever painted a model and did not like the look of the
paint? Or maybe you have an old model you would like to redo
but don't know how to go about it? Here are a few tips that will
help you. When stripping paint from plastic models you have
to be very careful what you use or you may damage the plastic.
The best product I have found to work is called Purple Power
or CASTORAL Super Clean Engine Degreaser and it should
be avalible at most retail auto parts stores such as Auto Zone
or Advance Auto. WARNING: Besure to test the solution you
are using on an unwanted part before putting your model in it
to be sure it does not damage the model.THIS WILL WORK WITH LETTERING, JUST NEED TO REPLACE ROAD NAMES!!

Yes, but a decal solution is intended to mess with the decal. A paint-stripper (which is what auto solutions are mostly used for) is designed to mess with paint. Which do you think is more likely to remove a decal without removing paint?

Oh, and FYI, 91% Isopropyl alcohol works just as well not factory and non-enamel paint jobs and is much safer on the plastic.

-Morgan
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Posted by shurlock1 on Sunday, February 02, 2014 7:43 PM

I wanted to change my road numbers on my scale MTH GG1. What I did was with clear shipping tape block put the numbers top and bot side to side. Then got a Qtip dip it in Camelion paint remover and rub it on the numbers. Got a pen eraser and just scratched the numbers and wiped dry. Then I got some 600 grit paper and water and polished the numbers off and then dried off. It should be a great finish for the decale then I will spray a dull clear over the decals and it should look great.

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