Nail file

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by woodone, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. woodone

    woodone Member

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    Here is something that works well. A finger nail file (board). You can cut them down for a size that you need or whatever. They are stiff so they will work as a sanding stick. There are two sides, one is fine the other is course. Good for getting that window (or door) opening just the right size.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    They also come in a bag of 25 from Dollarama (at least, at the one near me...!).

    Andrew
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, cheap and disposable. Their even free if you can sneak them out of your wife's vanity without her knowing :D... They can get really costly if she catches you though.stooges8
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    I pick my wifes up when she throws them away they can still be used for modeling...cox 47
  5. woodone

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    The trick Don, is DON'T get caught!sign1 That CEO will cut the funding of a RR.
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    I used a metal nail file to make my first hand-laid turnout. I was in high-school at the time and had more time than money or tools. This is not recommended.
  7. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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    I steal my wife's nail files, when she's "done" with them, of course. Though I have a big bag of sanding sticks from the LHS, they're just about the same.
  8. PWRR-2207

    PWRR-2207 Rogue Islander

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    Cleaning Files

    If you do have metal files like the one shown below (the file is almost 20 years old now), you can keep them clean and working by buying and using a stainless steel bristled wire brush:

    BEFORE (The red stuff is plastic from detailing the chimneys on a Walthers model, not rust.)
    File before stainless wire brush cleaning.jpg

    AFTER brushing with the ridges to clean the valleys
    File after stainless wire brush cleaning.jpg

    Why "stainless steel"? It does not rust like cheaper iron or steel brushes and lasts a lot longer than a copper wire brush plus stainless steel does not leave copper residue.