Water & wood don't mix

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by lester perry, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I built a wood loading platform for my sawmill. It is stained with an oil base stain. I love the results. It is just what I was looking for. Now I have a problem. I can't move it (built in place) now I need to ballast the track. I use wet water and a mix of 80/20 water / elmers glue. If I spray the balast with wet water the new wood platform will look like a pretzel.
  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Lester: get a piece of cardboard or plastic. use this as a barrier between the platform and the track.
    Or use an eyedropper.
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Get some of that blue or purple painter's masking tape and wrap your structure with it. That tape has a low tack and can be removed easily without damaging what it was stuck to. Home Depot, Lowe's and even Wal-Mart carries it.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Do both - protect the structure AND use an eye-dropper. The dropper is much more accurate and just as fast, if not faster than carefully spraying a mist over everything (whether it needs it or not ;) ).

  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Thanks I would have never thought of using an eye dropper for wet water. That should work I will try to get to it one evening this week and let you know how it works out.

  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Hey Lester, since you'll be using an eyedropper to apply your wet water, consider using a 50/50 mix of water and alcohol for your wet water(you can add a bit of india ink, it will weather the ballast nicely) The alcohol has less surface tension than water with detergent and will soak right in with minimal disturbace of your ballast.
  7. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I might give the alcohol a try, As I said before hopefully get to it before this week end and give an update.
  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    we tied cutting the white glue with alcohol (ever clear) on a diorama that were pressed for time on worked like a champ the alcohol works like wet water itself no presoak just run mix on with a small squeeze bottle. use ever clear here because you can buy it cheeper in Mexico that denatured in US.and if your man enough its drinkable:D:D
  9. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Bet the glue tastes funny tho Jim sign1
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Just remember to leave enough alcohol to do what you bought it for. Otherwise a drunk model railroader will have to cross the border again to get more everclear.

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