Mildew on rail cars

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rwsimmons, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. rwsimmons

    rwsimmons New Member

    I recently found some American Flyer plastic rail cars that are in great condition except for the fact that they are covered in a white powdery mold or mildew. Any idea on how to clean this off without damaging the decals?

    Ron SImmons
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge, Ron:thumb:

    Sounds like they're pre-weathered:thumb: I'd use a damp cloth, taking care not to get the areas wet. Q-tips dampened can be used for tight areas. Add a couple drops of rubbing alcohol to make it fast drying. The key is not too much soap to avoid rinsing, thus adding to the risk of loosening the decals. Avoid concentrated rubbing as well. Keep in mind that there are relatively few "valuable" plastic HO cars beyond sentimental, the worst that can happen is that you'll have a canidate to learn basic weathering techniques on.
  3. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    welcome to the gauge:wave: I would try a dry rag first with just a touch of somthing like end dust on it it might just be oxidization from the paint.
  4. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Or just seal it with some kind of spray on sealer - shaygetz is right, preweathered!

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