Quoted from Lermods:
Is it possible the clear is being laid on too thick? I don’t know his process, but a series of very thin coats is better than a few thick coats.
I believe the true problem is in the ink adherence.
The biggest difference from the "old" days and now is the machines being used to lay down the ink in a single flood of direct print.
I see nothing in the symptoms which indicates anything with the clear, unless the clear is causing a chemical reaction/ more heat and that is causing the ink to weaken.
What I see is lifting/bubbling of the ink layer.
I see this ONLY around holes and at posts (also holes associated with posts obviously)
At holes there is more localized dust during cutting. If this is not prepped properly then those are likely the worst spots for adherence.
I see 2 differences.
1 is chipping. This is when clear is properly cured so it is brittle. Lack of adherence under hard clear = chips
2nd is "bubbling". This is when clear is still soft, which it stays soft for varying duration based on product, prep method before, environmental conditions during, and environmental conditions after. Bubbling happens from poor adherence but clear can still move (since not cured completely) so the ink layer lifts but is held together still by pliable clearcoat. This bubble will eventually cure and crack as it will eventually become brittle.
I dont know the final solution here, but I do know Mirco seems to be having the worse issues out of anyone.
I have good suspicion and reason to believe that Mirco is also one of the 3? pf makers Stern has used (people say nope, but go compare the actual Maiden and Beatles bubbling pfs to known Mirco stock...) recently so there is actually a commonality between the Stern and POTC issues. If it ain't Mirco, then it is someone trying to copy everything he does up to this point.