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    What works well for removing the lettering?

  • #2
    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.
    Ron Newby

    General Manager

    Clearwater Valley Railway Co.


    • #3
      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.....


      • #4
        Glasfiber brush..


        • #5

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


          • #6
            I have had luck with "easy lift off" available at your local hobby shop
            Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.

            Home of The Great On30 Barn Meet, that will be held May 16th 2015


            • #7
              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...


              • #8
                Doug, I like to use a product called Gun is a solvent cleaner for, well, you 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!