Jaxom - Thank you for the advice. This last batch, I would make a cut on a ridge, and then apply Microsol, during my iterations when I would apply Microsol. Should I be cutting every time that I apply Microsol, or just once? On another note, I also was not specifically applying it under the ridges, just over it. However, I am sure that some did get in between the decal and the model, but is that something that I should be taking a brush down under the ridge?
LameBeard - I am concerned that the cuts may cause more issues than it solves as well. It was a technique that I did not want to specifically use. However, I am cutting all of these decals anyways whether i am doing them before or after. I would have to say that short of the ridges that I am trying to get rid of, the decal does look nice on my models so I am getting the effect that I want on my models, but marred by the ridges.
What happened so far: I only put on about half of what Jaxom recommended. I was more worried that I will burn the decal or something if I applied more Microsol than what I already did. As this is my guinea pig squad, I am less concerned with the look, and after scraping a few of the ridges out, it looks like battle damage. Not sure if that is what I want for other marines. Problem is that while scraping the decal, some of it will stick on the model and not easy to get off, which is the reason why I would rather avoid scraping off the ridges and call it "Battle Damage"
I saw another recommendation on a different forum asked several years ago by someone else that confirms what Carlson was referring to. But they recommended more like what I was talking about, cut on a 12, 2, 6, 10 O'Clock positions on a circular decal.(I used degrees earlier, but basically the same thing)