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dad4the3
New Hire

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  5:21:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

big ol box from ebay arrived.jennings lumber and several others.very dirty,any advice on cleaning shingles???First pic ever posted here......

Ensign
Fireman

Canada
8498 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  6:39:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Patrick, welcome here to RRLines.
I use a large soft bristle brush to gently brush a dusty surface, while holding a vacuum nozzle close to what I'm gently brushing.
Sucking up the dust before it can settle back down again on the same surface being cleaned.

Greg
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dad4the3
New Hire

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  6:47:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


better pic,,,,im learing... i hope
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dad4the3
New Hire

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  6:51:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks greg.... i will try that.My qtips are coming out black.Still very happy with the box of buildings.
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Orionvp17
Fireman

USA
6968 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  6:57:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patrick,

As Greg mentioned, Welcome Aboard!

If your Q-tips are coming out black, I'll strongly recommend that you use a respirator until you get this stuff cleaned up. You have no idea of what's coming off the building, and breathing that can lead to Bad Things Happening....

Pete
in Michigan
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Michael Hohn
Fireman

USA
5721 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2020 :  8:47:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I concur with the soft bristle brush approach. I use one about 3/4” wide, gently. The q-tip sounds too slow and could rub the dust and dirt into the shingles unless you have a very soft touch.

Also, I agree with Pete about protecting your lungs.

And welcome from me too. You’ve already mastered the art of posting photos.

Mike
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Railrunner130
Engine Wiper

USA
495 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  06:16:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Railrunner130's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You could repaint the shingles. I did that with a prebuilt kit. Gave it a whole new look.
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jbvb
Fireman

USA
6140 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  07:47:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Welcome, Patrick. Micro-Mark offers a 'Miniature Vacuum Kit': a small extension hose with a vacuum power adjustment and several brush nozzles. It isn't a tool I'll ever wear out, but it's useful to clean dust off HO equipment and structures
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dad4the3
New Hire

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 01/11/2020 :  08:09:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks to everyone for the great advice.I hadnt thought about what is on the shingles.You have a great point.Small vacuum...hmmm One could use such a thing.thanks alot.
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