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Old 05-30-2020, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone give me some advice on how to restore the bright sheen to the paintwork on my USA Trains rolling stock. The sun has got to it over the last 15 years - it looks fine if wet so I was wondering if varnish is an idea worth trying or even wiping with a plastic safe light oil. Before I try I thought u would ask the opinion of you all
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What about a product like Armor All?

Not sure what it might to do to decals or printing on the car.

Also, just to be clear- I have not tried it.
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Hi Homo Habilis, thanks for the idea.i am based in the Uk so not sure if I can get that product. Put it did make me wonder if applying some Johnson&Johnson Pledge furniture spray and see if that brings back the colour - may just try some on a small panel and see if it makes any difference. Phil
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You should do a test of almost anything you use. I used Armor All on my '76 Cutlass and it made a sticky mess. I have never used it on another car or anything else.
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Google suggests:
https://www.buyshinearmor.com/?mid=1...SABEgLaZfD_BwE
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Gee,
Most people want them faded and dirty.
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I have a number of USAT locos, notably the red and silver Santa Fe warbonnets.... Armorall brought the color back and it has a UV blocker.


If you paint is not peeling use it. It's not a 76 cutlass, and Armor All was remarkably incompatible with the vinyl used on dashboards of that era.


I have no issues with my 10+ year old fleet.


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John:

Armor All products appear to be available in the UK at least via Amazon.
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I did my father's old LGB train a few years ago. The paint wasn't faded, but they were pretty dirty. So this is what I did.

- take the cars all apart, everything that can remove with simple tools
- wash everything in hot soapy water, rinse well
- towel / blow dry if you have compressed air
- air dry 24hrs
- they will look a lot better now, so if that is ok, put them back together

- if some things need repainted, especially easy stuff with one solid color and no markings like roofs or frames, do that next
- then spray everything with a satin or semi-gloss clear like Krylon sells for a "factory" fresh look
- or use a flat finish if you like that look or if that matches the rest of your cars better
- reassemble and run!
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