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alan L23 Dec 2017 9:33 a.m. PST

I just purchased a bottle of Humbrol Decalfix from my local model-shop to apply transfer decals to some 1/300 planes.

Since then, I have read some articles that Decalfix and some acrylics, Tamiya, do not agree with each other. As I normally use Vallejo acrylics, I wonder if anyone has encountered any such an issue? Might it be safer to use matt enamels on this occasion?

GGouveia23 Dec 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I've used Vallejo and Micromark with no issue.

freerangeegg23 Dec 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I use decalfix and Vallejo acrylics together and have never had any sort of problem with them reacting. Vallejo paints are water based, and I believe Tamiya ones use some sort of solvent, so that may be the problem.

steamingdave4723 Dec 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

I have used Decalfix on WW2 planes and tanks painted with Vallejo. I sealed the paint with a satin acrylic varnish before applying the decals and then matte acrylic varnish afterwards. Absolutely no problems. I think Freerangeegg is right; Tamiya acrylics do contain a solvent, which is why I stopped using them as you need a special brush cleaner (and IMHO, their coverage is poor compared to Vallejo or even cheap craft acrylics)

alan L23 Dec 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

thanks guys.

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