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For games like Article 27: The UN Security Council Game or Council of Verona (1st edition), which have stickers on wooden components, is there a way to preserve the stickers? Over time and through repeated plays, I can see these rubbing off or losing their adhesion.

Has anyone experimented with varnish or anything to make stickers more permanent?
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I never tried it on stickers before, but I could imagine standard varnish spray used to preserve the acrylic paint on paintings (or miniatures) should work just fine. But best try it on an empty corner of the sticker sheet to see if it somehow damages the paper.
 
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I superglued the numbers onto the camels in Timbuktu.

I haven't played the game enough to tell you whether this was effective. But it wasn't too hard to do, at least.
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juggler5 wrote:
For games like Article 27: The UN Security Council Game or Council of Verona (1st edition), which have stickers on wooden components, is there a way to preserve the stickers? Over time and through repeated plays, I can see these rubbing off or losing their adhesion.

Has anyone experimented with varnish or anything to make stickers more permanent?


The knights are still on my Catan Knights and Cities, over a decade later. No protection is necessary really.
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Watered down wood glue, brushed over the surface.

 
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I'll suggest getting some wide-cellophane TAPE and place a piece of THAT upon this, while it may require 'cutting downsized' portions from them, in order for providing enough surface overlay in this manner. You may also have some 'Game' with these that would 'smear' in contact with "immersion"/liquids.
 
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I'd suggest a few coats of Testors Dullcote - I use this matt varnish on any minis I paint to protect them from wear and tear. Maybe 3 or 4?

I also made some custom dice earlier in the year, with water-transfer decals on blank dice. A few coats of Dullcote made the transition from dice to decal bump-free and they're still looking good.
 
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Shoot them with aerosol acrylic clearcoat. This may well be the same stuff that that the minis guys are suggesting up above (it's often called 'varnish', even though it technically isn't). Spray-on acrylic basically paints a layer of clear plastic over the whole thing, sealing everything in. You can get it in gloss, satin or matt. I've used Hycote, Rustoleum, Plasti-kote and Krylon. They all work. Just do it in a well-ventilated area, but out of the wind because you don't want your work pieces being blown around. 2-3 thin coats are better than one thick. It generally dries pretty fast (like 10-20 mins). Just bear in mind that it stinks for a couple of days afterwards as the solvents continue to evaporate off as the stuff cures. By 3-4 days later, the smell will totally be gone, but you might want to have a 'stash' location to leave them in until they're done (basement / attic / garage / shed) as otherwise they will stink up your game box in the meantime.

The pva/woodglue suggestion would probably work too, just make sure you get one that dries clear and doesn't yellow (this applies to the acrylic as well, btw). With the woodglue, you'd also have to be careful about 'working' it too much -- just brush it on to the point where it's even and leave it to dry. If you work it around too much, for too long, you're likely to start scuffing-up and disintegrating the paper / card (you'll have quite a bit of leeway before this happens, though, so don't let it put you off). This one might be easier if you don't have the room / facilities for spraying / curing, or want the after-stench. You just brush it on carefully.

In both cases, you'll probably need to raise-up the work-pieces somehow as you don't want to glue the pieces to whatever they're sitting on (I often use small bits of dowel to rest them on).

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tanik wrote:

Watered down wood glue, brushed over the surface.


Preschool teacher here, so I always have Mod Podge on hand. Works great on stickers!
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What about for a game like Catacombs? Do any of these treatment affect the way the piece might move across the board?
 
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