more from Micro-mark

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jr switch, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Looking thru the latest Micro-mark catalog and they have a graphite-alcohol solution called Neolube for blackening the wheels, side rods, etc on the steam engines. Have any of you used this, and how well did it work? They also have Doc O'brien's weathering powders in twelve colors: dirty brown, mildew green, grimy black and so on, anyone had any experience with these?
    Both of these products sound pretty good, but I doubt that they are a new idea and so I'm hoping that some of you can enlighten me. Thanks----John R
  2. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Neolube is a great product and it is conductive... which really makes it great for wheel touch-up jobs.

  3. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Hey Bob, thanks for the information. I'm not too concerned with how conductive it is as much as I'm wanting to darken the side rods on three steam engines. If it will do what they claim, it would be perfect. How long will an application last and how easy is it to use? Do you need to give it more than one coat? ----John R
  4. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member


    I coated my side rods and several sets of car wheels that needed it, over six months ago and they are still looking good.

    Always glad to help out another fellow Hoosier (I grew up in Evansville...)

    Bob :wave:
  5. CRed

    CRed Member

    Those weathering powders seem like a great product,perfect for a beginner like me.

  6. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Bob, I grew up in Logansport, about 70 miles north of Indy.
    Thanks again for your feedback on this. I'm totally enjoying weathering the rolling stock, but the engines need to be done right with the least amount of handling. One of the reasons I got into HO railroading was the detail on the steam engines.
    When I see what these guys are capable of, the attention to detail and the realism of the layouts, the trains have to look as realistic as possible. I'm not able to start my layout quite yet, but soon. Meanwhile, I weather them and run them on a temporary oval.

    Thanks again, John R
  7. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Chris, call 1-800-225-1066 or go online,, and ask them about Doc O'brien's weathering powders-----John R

Share This Page