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Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:30:24 AM »
I was just wondering if anybody has any tips, pointers, advice etc on weathering and cleaning Peco Code 80? I've combined the two because I am completely new to both, and I don't want to dirty my track beyond repair by weathering, nor do I want to wipe detailing off by cleaning!

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 12:11:59 PM »
I'm happy with the results so far with the Woodland Scenics track pen.  I'm doing each piece one at a time - soldering the droppers on, then just running the pen down both sides of each rail, seems to work best leaving to dry and then going over a second time.  After each coat, just wipe a piece of kitchen roll gently along the rail tops.  Presto - grubby rail sides and bright shiny tops!

I haven't had to use anything more involved than a track rubber to clean the track so far, so I can't yet comment on whether any of the more heavy-duty cleaners will take the weathering off again...
 

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 12:56:18 PM »
The most popular cleaning fluid seems to be IPA (obtainable from chemists - not the pub!).
This will remove all but the worst, and a track rubber should deal with any heavy deposits.
Remember also to clean point blades to ensure clean contact.
Do not be tempted to use anything abrasive as, sure as eggs is eggs, dirt will accumulate in the minute scratches :no:
If running DCC do NOT use a high frequency track cleaner :o
The Woodland Scenics track pens seem to do a good job but I have heard that IPA fetches the weathering off ???

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 01:14:58 PM »
Thanks guys, that should definitely get me started! :D

Shall experiment with IPA and track pens, see what happens.

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2018, 07:25:29 PM »
Just resurrecting / hijacking this old thread to ask if anyone has experience of weathering the whole track (rails and sleepers) whether prior to, or after balancing?
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 08:11:48 PM »
Just resurrecting / hijacking this old thread to ask if anyone has experience of weathering the whole track (rails and sleepers) whether prior to, or after balancing?


Yep. I give the track an overall spray of earthy brown "track colour" or similar before ballasting, then a further light spray after ballasting to blend everything in.  I'm not a fan of highlighting the rail with any particular colour, I think it tends to emphasise the size of the rail (even with code 55).


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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2018, 08:15:56 PM »
 :thankyousign: looks good ntpntpntp
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2018, 08:52:48 PM »
I haven't balanced my track :no: (Predictive text, by any chance?)
However, after I ballasted a length I oversprayed the lot with Railmatch sleeper grime (ref 1406) and straight away wiped the rail tops clean. I work on the basis if you watch any of Mr Portaloo's Railway Journey progs, from the air track generally looks brown.

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Re: Weathering and Cleaning - Peco Setrack
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2018, 08:56:48 PM »
I haven't balanced my track :no: (Predictive text, by any chance?)

Oops.

Thanks for interpreeeting and reploying NN
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

 

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