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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 12:18 am
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Lee B
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I recently spray-painted all the track on my On30 layout (something I had never done before). I was so focused on overspray hitting the walls and fascia, I totally didn't even think of masking off the turnout points.
I'm using ME On30 turnouts (and two Peco curved HO ones) and when I was done, I slapped myself in the forehead that I should have masked the points because - as you guessed- they really don't want to move much now by the blue points I mounted underneath, until you move each of them back and forth a couple of times.
So, I need to remove some of the paint of course. I was thinking of using a buffing wheel on my dremel tool between the rails, but I guess I should probably try to get into the tight space between the points and the insides of the rails too? How would I do that?
Or would it be easier to use some paint remover with a q-tip? What kind of paint remover would work best on something like that?
Someone here must have had to deal with this, and if so, how'd you fix it?

Last edited on Fri Mar 4th, 2016 12:34 am by Lee B



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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 02:09 am
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Lee B wrote: I was thinking of using a buffing wheel on my dremel tool between the rails, but I guess I should probably try to get into the tight space between the points and the insides of the rails too?Wooden boat builders' time-honored adage, "Power tools are powerful time savers, you can screw up so much bigger so much faster."

Depending on what the spray is, differing solvents might or might not work.

One idea is to take up the turnout and soak it in a shallow pan with some of Scalecoat's Scalecoat II Wash Away paint remover, this stuff, http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/640-10568

Time, care, and hand tools, are probably the safest course of action - the slowest, but the safest.

A solvent-soaked piece of basswood or the like might be abrasive enough to use to hand-rub the points free of paint.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 02:32 am
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Yanking the turnouts away isn't an option as they're soldered in place to the other rails and feeder wires...



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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 03:11 am
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A wire wheel on a Dremel and a steady hand..... and lotsa care!. Jose.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 04:20 pm
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Hi Lee.

What type of paint is it you used ?

:moose:

Si.

P.S. I find pipe-cleaners are better than Q-tips for electrical contact cleaning...
...less fluff.
Can double, quadruple, etc. twist for wider gaps.
I clean vacuum-tube sockets & stuff like this, with them.



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Fibre-glass pencils are quite handy as well.

So are wooden eraser-pencils.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2016 04:24 pm
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I used some buffing sandpaper last night and it worked to a degree, going to do that again a few times.
As for the paint, I used krylon.

Another odd thing was the paint apparently caused an odd surface on the insides of a few rails, especially on curves. The front trucks of my ten-wheelers sounded like they were grinding through those (20" minimum) curves, and I thought I'd somehow damaged the pilot trucks on each when I removed them for track painting.
So, some sandpaper to the upper inside edges of the curves where that was an issue after painting seems to have resolved the issue. I didn't expect that before I'd started.
I bought one of those rust paint markers from Woodland Scenics, doing touchup work to outsides of rails, alignment rails in turnouts and anywhere I missed with the spray paint (like where I'd masked off the last 3 turnouts once I realized I needed to do so). It actually worked pretty well. With a small layout, it doesn't take long to work over any missed spots.

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How about a Q-tip dampened (not soaked) in MEK? That'll take the paint right off and you can control it easier. Just don't touch things you don't want paint removed from or that may become glued together as it will bond plastic if too much is applied.

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