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  • CieloVistaRy
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    Geezer,

    I read somewhere that if neotube gets on the axles, it must not reach either end, or an electrical connection will form that will cause a short. I don't think I will use neotube, but if I do, it will only be used on visible parts.

    Arthur

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  • Geezer
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    Chuck - do you have to break the seal on the drivers? Like, run a knifepoint around the axle?

    Inquiring minds want to know......Geezer

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  • northern6400
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    I have had great experience with neolube

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  • CieloVistaRy
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    Thanks Geezer.. I will report on exactly what I do, so if I ruin something or find a method, those interested can benefit from it one way or another.

    Arthur

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  • Geezer
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    Art - No expert here, but I used powders on the Sidewinder and a climax, with no problems. You have to be very careful with the neo-lube - Great electrical conductor! I have to clean the wheels on the Mogul too....this weekend....from now on, its the powders for me.

    JMO - Geezer

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  • CieloVistaRy
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    painting running gears

    Hello all,

    One of my pet peeves when looking at my locomotives is when I put in a good deal of time weathering it, I am always put off by the shiny running gears that look as clean as the day they came out of the box.

    Now I am formulating a solution to those locomotives that have tenders- I am going to wire the tender, and this will allow me quite a bit of room for error when painting the drivers. This is what I have to do with my Christmas 2-6-0 anyway because the wheels are bright red.

    But I have ordered a Climax, and a Shay is also on the way, so I would like to solicit everyone's opinion on what to do here. I just can't see myself not doing something about shiny running gears.

    I have heard of neo-lube and it looks like a good solution.. but what about regular spray paint if put on lightly enough? Also weathering paint?

    Also if I use bragdon's powder on the climax and the shay, will it jam or gum up the gears?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and any advices you may have..

    Arthur
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