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 Posted: Mon Sep 7th, 2015 10:32 pm
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Your Testors/Floquil ELO demo photos look impressive, thanks Harold.

ELO is still available in the U.S. but only "ships to lower 48". I have drawn a complete blank on it in the UK and also what it is based on. Unfortunately none of the advert photos show the ingredients. Apparently (claimed) safe on plastics so that rules out most common paint strippers.

Could any ELO sniffers please say what it smells of ? 

Herb: be careful what you (s)pray for !

My thanks also to James & T.Trev - I've got one of those glass fibre cleaning pens but I don't want to damage the black that lies underneath the white lettering.

If I find anything that works I'll be back here.

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On lettering that is Pad Printed Ink, [not decals], as used on some Bachmann loco's and rolling stock, I use Go-Jo hand cleaner, with an old totth brush.. I cut most of the bristle off to make the brush stiffer, and it takes me about five minutes including 'soak' time .. where the Go-Jo is used the pad printing will be removed, however it also removes some of the matte finish,leaving it slightly shinier .. so after decal installation I use dull coat or krylon matte spray ..
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Hey guys, are there any techniques for removing the stock paint and/or decals on models?  Without having to repaint the panel or entire model?

Specifically, for now, I am looking at the Bachmann On30 stuff, but recommendations for any/all manufacturers appreciated.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 13th, 2017 10:26 pm
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This Thread on the same page already has good advice on that


I tacked your question on the end of it


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I guess I need to try some ELO, no hobby shop I've seen ever had any...



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I bought my ELO on Ebay.  (Leaked a little in transit but plenty of fluid remained)

I used it successfully on a Bachmann On30 freight car by letting it soak for a while then rubbing the lettering off with a Q-tip.  No damage or discoloration to the plastic at all!

I have a new locomotive coming in today that has a roadname I want to remove; if it doesn't need to be RMA'd I'll see if the ELO works on the treated metal as well as it did on plastic and post pictures if I'm able.

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***This is my experience, it may not be the same as anyone else's*****
I have used DOT 3 BRAKE FLUID applied with a Q Tip and "worked" gently to remove the lettering/numbers.You do not want to smear some on and go get a cuppa and jack around with the dog or neighbor but stay with it and gently rub the offensive things off. Now when they are gone, some of the base "black" may be gone also but are you gonna let that stop you? Then wash everything with liquid dish soap (DAWN, etc) and you are set to go. A friend uses denatured alcohol and while it works fast, it may takw more of the paint with it. Slower is maybe better?

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I have not found any one product that works on all Bachmann. Locos.  Each seems to have it's own needs. 




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Turns out that ELO works good on Bachmann's white lettering over blackened metal too.

(The image files turned out a bit larger than I expected so I've linked to them instead.)

I dipped a Q-tip in the stuff then dabbed it over the lettering I wanted to remove and let it soak for a few minutes.  A bit flowed onto the pinstriping but it evaporated harmlessly, it's the scrubbing action that removes the lettering.  Keep in mind that the stuff does evaporate and you will need to refresh the Q-tip a few times.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/FIRE-FLARE/IMG_20170313_2000354831_zpsy63nbc6g.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/FIRE-FLARE/IMG_20170313_2010599461_zpsbyceo1uo.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/FIRE-FLARE/IMG_20170313_2015523801_zps97yq0dph.jpg


On Backmann's lettering it seems that ELO acts as a 'thinner', I rolled the dry side of the Q-tip over the accumulation to absorb it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/FIRE-FLARE/IMG_20170313_2022350681_zpsazkvd49l.jpg


And aside from the number on the back, the bunker looks exactly like the unlettered replacement part I could have ordered with no adverse effects on the factory's black paint.  :bg:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/FIRE-FLARE/IMG_20170313_2030173641_zps8nspnbcs.jpg

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Eddie,
Thx. - and doh! I apologize - I *usually* do a search first. I had a brain fart or something. Let's go with the something.

Woodie, I am pretty sure I have some brake fluid I can also try.

Thx guys, I also ordered some Testor's Easy Lift Off.

Last edited on Tue Mar 14th, 2017 11:00 pm by Helmut F



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