Disaster Has Struck

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by BudM, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. BudM

    BudM OldGuy

    Well folks, I'm just about finished all the plastering on my new HO layout and just about a half hour ago prepared a fairly strong India Ink/Alcohol mix to wash the white scenery with. I just got home from the dollar store where I purchased two good size spray-type bottles and came home and filled one up witht the solution and began spraying.

    All of a sudden, as I was spraying, the plastic, yes indeed, plastic, bottle broke cleanly off at the top and you guessed it, the India Ink/alcohol mix went all over a nice brown carpet in the train room. :curse: Up the walls and down the door as well. Here I was faced with a huge, very black stain about three feet long and two feet wide and splatter everywhere. God.... it looked like a crime scene, only in black instead of red.:cool:

    I thought I'd let you all know about this for those of you who haven't done this yeat and so you won't go out and buy the cheap dollar store bottles to spray with. After a half hour of scrubbing with dish soap and water and a very stiff bruch, we were able to get a lot of it up by scrubbing and diluting it a lot with water and soap. Here's hoping it will all come out with another scrubbing.

    anyway folks, save yourself some trouble, spend a couple more bucks and by a decent spray bottle. I hope you have better luck than I did today.

    Well, gotta get back it again. Don't like the looks of this brown and (in places) grey carpet. :cry:


    Bud M.
  2. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Ouch! :eek:

    Stuff like that puts a severe dent in planned activities...
  3. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

    I feel your pain - t.

    No, but seriously, it's horrible when such things happen.
    I do hope it cleans up well. At least it was diluted.

    Keep your chin up, Bud.

  4. sgtcarl

    sgtcarl Member

    Bummer,man! Plenty of liquid dish soap should help get it up. Remember, don't rub! Blot! Also, "bar towels," aka "detail cloths" are vey helpful, too.
  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Aww...that s..s..!! The best spray bottles I've found are the ones used at hair cutting places. You can buy these at any beauty supplies store. They put out a really fine spray (no drips...!!) and you can find them in all sizes...right down to itty-bitty ones that are just what you need for doing detailing work, where you don't want a square foot of area all sogged-up....
  6. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Member

    Ouch! At least it wasn't a gallon of silicone, I did that about a month ago.
    Hard to clean up and a expensive Boo-Boo :curse:
  7. BudM

    BudM OldGuy

    Here's hoping

    Thanks for all the good wishes guys, and by God, I think the dish soap and scrub brush really did the trick. I've turned the heat on in the room shut the door and are running a big fan in there right now. It looks like it's drying up the same colour it used to be.

    Anyway, a good lesson re-learned here today. You can't afford to buy cheap tools. Buy the good stuff in the beginning as you really do get what you pay for.

    Anyway, I'll know better in the morning. Thanks lads.

    Bud M.

  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Have you tried scotch? If not, what you do is get a bottle of scotch, the better the brand, the better it works. Pour some in a glass with bit of ice. Add some soda to thin it out. Set yourself in an easy chair and drink it. If the spot isn't out yet, repeat until the spots are out or the bottle is empty. By that time you won't notice them... or care.:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I'm told that Bourbon works equally as well. :thumb: :thumb:
  9. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

  10. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Mint Julep!
  11. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Well......At least it was the train room..
    If it was the living room?.......I think Don's idea is the best.
    For getting the spot out...and having to deal with the Better-Half.
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I swear by a cleaning product called Tech stain remover. Sounds like you got it taken care of. I'll take your advice regarding spray bottles as a word to the wise!
  13. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Just chalk it uP...

    ...to the global economy where anything for a buck is worth exactly what you paid for- and even it's cheaper at twice the price. It may not have all the proper chemistry/components/construction as long as it's cheaper.

    Sorry for you woes.

  14. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    It's not the size or extent of the economy....It's the unbridled greed of today's corporations...Just try the oil boys for size....
  15. BudM

    BudM OldGuy

    So Far, no good

    Well, after three scrubbings and two days, it's still as black as the inside of a cat. It will come out I believe, just going to take a bit more scrubbing.

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys, (even the Scotch one), although I don't drink...... yet.

    Bud M.

  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I don't think that there's anything that will get India ink out.

    I start all my weathering clinics for the local clubs with a very loud, oft repeated warning that your mother/wife/landlord/significant-other/etc will not be pleased if you spill, as India ink is not removable once dry, and most times not even when wet...

    Sorry. :(

  17. BudM

    BudM OldGuy


    Strangely enough, it is indeed almost all gone. I think it will take one, maybe two more scrubbings to totally eradicate the stain but by God it IS coming clean. Looks like I got the right India Ink.

    Also, I originally said an "India Ink/Alcohol" mix when I should have said India Ink/Water mix. It was cut with water in the amount of five eyedropper fulls to almost a quart of water.

    Anyway, here's still hoping.

    Bud M.

  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I am glad for you that I have been proven wrong...! ;) :D

  19. BudM

    BudM OldGuy

    Nearly there

    Nevertheless, I do appreciate your reply. Who know, maybe if it had been India Ink and Alcohol, instead of water. Anyway, I've scrubbed it about four more times to day and we're almost there. A little dark ring around the outside of where it was but it's coming.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions lads.

    Most appreciated.

    Bud M.

  20. BudM

    BudM OldGuy

    Not A Good Two Days

    Well, the ink is almost all gone. Almost. Another two or three srubbings and I think it's be ok, nearly, almost.

    Anyway, as if disaster couldn't strike twice in the same week, I've just spent the past two days (between scrubbings) trying to get rock faces stick to the walls of my layout. Nothing but trouble. I bought about $80.00 worth of rock moulds (to make them different enough) and do you think I can get just one to come out right?

    There seems to be so much space around all these rock areas that it'll take forever to cover the whole area with the rock faces.

    I think it's time to cut my losses and maybe look at those Rubber Rocks from Cripplebush Valley. They look pretty sharp and maybe a lot less hassle.

    Can anyone give me any hints on how to get good rock faces out of these moulds?


    Bud M.

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