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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  07:18:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit dougcoffey1950's Homepage  Send dougcoffey1950 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
What works well for removing the lettering?

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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  07:21:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Good Question Doug, I know that this topic has come up before (probably numerous times) but I'm now at the stage where I have decals for my line and need to re-letter a few cars and locomotives. Bottom line is, I don't remember what the solution is and I would also like to know what works best.

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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  07:31:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well...I got the idea ov using good ol "Pine Sol"
from Larry (Big_Lars) over in ON30 (The Dark Side)
Ju have filled a container (rip off one from the
stash in the cupboard) with pine-sol and let
the units sit in it for a while. Some cars take
longer than others. When you see the lettering
starting to crinkle or flake off, a toothbrush
will remove the rest. It has worked for me.
Just an idea.....

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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  09:32:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit milocomarty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glasfiber brush..


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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  09:50:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

"GoJo" hand cleaner. Test it first as I believe it may take the shine of the plastic around the area applied.

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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  1:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have had luck with "easy lift off" available at your local hobby shop

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I read somewhere that Sterno heating gel can soak off the lettering. I haven't tried it yet, I have a Bachmann 4-6-0 I need to remove locomotive numbers from and nothing else...

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Posted - 04/16/2013 :  6:23:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit MinerFortyNiner's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Doug, I like to use a product called Gun Scrubber...it is a solvent cleaner for, well, you know...cleaning guns. Also works great on taking off the ink lettering used by Bachmann and other builders without destroying the original finish. I most recently used it to remove the dimensional data from some Bachmann 18' freight cars. Spray a little on a cotton swab over a leftover tin pie plate, dampen the lettering and then gently rub. If you take your time and go easy, and don't saturate the model with the solvent, the lettering will come off without any telltale abrasion or discoloring. Important: After wiping off the lettering, take a clean piece of cloth dampened with water and wipe where the solvent was applied to neutralize it. Works like a dream!

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