Removing Factory Applied Printing , Decals 6 years LATER.

jtomstarr Oct 7, 2020

  1. jtomstarr

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  2. Massey

    Massey TrainBoard Member

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    I have been pretty much using the same techniques that are listed in the thread for the last 20 years. I have not found anything else that works better.
     
  3. Randy Stahl

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    I often just scrape numbers off with an exacto knife. Maybe touch it up with some fins sandpaper after. Its difficult to predict what a chemical will do with the underlaying paint. Of course this only work with smaller numbers.

    Wash away by Scalecoat works fast enough sometimes to remove specific lettering, I just used it on some Atlas ore cars. I did 7 of them and 4 of them had paint damage. the other three were fine. I was repainting the cars anyhow so I sanded the area smooth and repainted the car.
     
  4. BNSF FAN

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    Same for me as well.
     
  5. Inkaneer

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    Yeah, don't try to fix what works well. A cotton swab, some 91% alcohol (careful with it as it is flammable) and a round wooden toothpick works well.
     
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  6. John Moore

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    Mt lettering and decal remover for years has been Micro Set. Put a small layer on the decal and let set for 5-10 minutes the with a stiff paint brush scrub the area and repeat again as necessary. Works on factory applied also.
     
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Are we actually talking all water slide or dry transfer decals? Or are we also considering anything applied with such as the pad (paint) process?
     
  8. BNSF FAN

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    All 3, water slide, dry transfer and pad printed.

    Here's a car that I used 91% alcohol on to remove the pad printing. The removal was done to the UP car. You can easily tell the before and after removal.


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  9. Sumner

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    In the thread that was posted at the beginning it sounds like one suggestion using alcohol involved dipping the whole car??? Are you using just the Q-tip that is shown? How about a tutorial with more info ;)(y). I need to do this soon to renumber some loco's and I like the results you got above. Thanks,

    Sumner
     
  10. Inkaneer

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    I used it for only pad printed numbers but I have also used it to completely remove the factory paint from some LifeLike locomotives (SW9/1200's and GP20's) as well as Bachman tenders. You just have allow it to set long enough, like 24 hours or so. I left one locomotive shell soaking in 91% alcohol for about two weeks with no harm to the plastic shell.
     

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