Decal Application PLEASE read for best results.
Scale Specialties' decals have been custom printed by Krasel Industries, Inc. (the producer of the world renown Micro Scale Decals and Decal System components). The following information is presented by and used with the permission of Krasel Industries. We highly recommend the instructions be followed to produce the best quality results on your individual model/wargaming piece. Reference to "Micro Set, Micro Sol, Micro Coat Gloss and Micro Coat Flat" are items of the Micro Scale Decal System. They may be purchased from your local hobby store or better mail order model supply providers.
The Micro Scale Decal is the thinnest, most versatile decal made, it will conform to the irregular surfaces found on models because of its strength and flexibility. These characteristics are not found on any other decal made. When used with the Micro Scale System the Micro Scale Decal will help produce the most realistic model you can make.
The Micro Scale System is simple to use but each step must be followed as described to assure perfect results. The elimination of any step may cause blushing (silvering of the decal film) or an uneven finish on the completed model.
The MICRO SCALE DECAL SYSTEM
Step 1. The surface to be decaled must have a smooth, glossy, painted finish. (Do not apply decals to unpainted surfaces or they will not adhere.) To obtain this surface either paint the model with glossy paints or spray Micro Gloss over matte-finish paint. IMPORTANT: Spray Micro Gloss over entire model or uneven patches will appear when the flat finish is added later. Allow paint to dry thoroughly.
Step 2. Cut each decal subject from the sheet only as needed. Do NOT cut clear film away from design. Using tweezers, dip decal completely into water then remove and allow decal adhesive to soften. About one minute should be sufficient.
Step 3. While adhesive is softening use a soft, medium-size brush, a No. 7 red sable water color brush is ideal, and wet the area to be decaled with a few drops of Micro Set (Blue label). This contains a wetting agent and helps eliminate tiny air bubbles.
Step 4. Holding the decal paper with tweezers, use the brush to slide the loosened decal into the Micro Set on the model.
Step 5. Now place a few drops of Micro Sol (Red label) directly onto the decal and position the decal exactly where it is to remain.
Step 6. The Micro Sol will soften the decal and allow it to conform exactly to the surface beneath. DURING THIS PROCESS THE DECAL WILL WRINKLE AND DISTORT. DO NOT TOUCH IT! THIS IS A NATURAL PART OF THE SYSTEM! As the decal dries it will flatten-out and lay down. When finally dry there will be no distortion and the decal will be bonded to the paint beneath. Actual drying time will vary according to temperature and humidity.
Step 7. When decal is dry, examine it for any air bubbles. If any are found, puncture them with a sharp needle and put a drop of Micro Sol over the bubble and allow to dry.
Step 8. Carefully examine the clear film to be sure no silvering has appeared. If any is present, puncture the film several times with a sharp needle and apply Micro Sol. The silvering should vanish as the Sol touches it.
Step 9. After the decals have dried for several hours, carefully wash the decal adhesive from the entire model.
Step 10. After the decals have dried for at lest 12 hours, complete the model by spraying with either Micro Flat or Micro Gloss, depending on the sheen desired on the finished model.
Proper storage of unused decals will extend their serviceable life. It is recommended that your decals be kept out of sunlight and away from dampness. Decals should be kept in a cool dry place such as a small cooler, where a constant temperature can be maintained.