Arms Micron Sticker Upkeep

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Arms Micron Sticker Upkeep

Postby Rhinox23 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:59 pm

I bought AM-12 Breakdown over the summer and applied all of the original stickers. However, I recently was changing my TFP display to add Voyager Dreadwing and noticed that some of Breakdown's stickers were beginning to peel away. I absolutely love this figure and want to at least maintain his current state.

Does anyone know of a good method and/or material to fix this issue? Also, is there a way to keep this from happening in the first place?

I was thinking of using some type of glue (recommendations?) to glue the corners back down and possibly using a clear coat (recommendations?) to apply to the surface of all the stickers.

I've only had him for a little over 2 months, so I'm a little worried about his stickers' longevity. Basically, I need help to preserve his awesomeness! Thanks for any help or tips. :CON:
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Re: Arms Micron Sticker Upkeep

Postby Blurrz » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:29 pm

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Two factors here; moisture absorption and the fact that stickers are printed flat. Essentially foil stickers love to bend and ultimately peel is because it's in the makeup; the chemicals used to make things foil (such as trading cards or in this case stickers), have a tendency to bend (or in our terms, peel) due to moisture absorption, most noticeably in humid environments.

Really the only time you can prevent it from happening is before your apply the stickers. Make sure they're applied flat with no air underneath, and by making sure the surface you are applying the stickers on is clean and grease/hand acid free. Usually in most cases with Transformers, the stickers that we have to apply is on a flat surface and won't experience peeling, but when stickers are meant to wrap around edges or around a circumference, you're going to experience this because the stickers were originally printed flat.

I suppose you could try to apply some sort of adhesive underneath the sticker to cure the problem, but I think that would make it look rather puffed up.

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