Cleaning rolling stock?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Evan, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. Evan

    Evan Member

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    Hi,

    I managed to get my hands on a bunch of 2nd hand rolling stock. BUT, this stuff is DIRTY!!! So, what's the best way of cleaning it? I was thinking of warm water with a little dishwashing liquid, and lightly scrubbing with a cloth. Any ideas / comments?

    Thanks

    Evan
  2. screwysquirrel

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    dirty


    Is it Dirty or weathered?
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Same thing to me :D :D :D

    Assuming they are modern plastic cars, dishsoap should be safe, unless it's weathered or painted with water based paint or chalks and they failed to spray a protective coating on top. Be gentle on decals. Try the one you like least before proceding with the rest.
  4. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I remove the Trucks and floor, then scrub the parts with warm water and a little dish washing liquid with a soft tooth brush. Then blow dry them with a hair dryer.
    Watch how much heat you use, you can melt or warp the plastic.
  5. Evan

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    Dirty - not weathered

    Hi all,

    The chap I got them from had them stored in an open box, out of their plastic boxes, in a garage, for about 3 years. That's how dirty!!! :)

    I'll try over the weekend. Will also take before and after photo's, so we can all see the difference, if you like.

    Cheers
  6. screwysquirrel

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    I call that 'pre-weathered!'


    Go ahead and post some 'before' pics, so we can tell if it needs cleaning
  7. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    Well,after being in the open in a garage for 3 years I suspect they need a good washing..I use lukewarm water and mild dish washing detergent to clean my cars and then I rinse and air dry the cars.