Stripping paint from Lionel #628 shell

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Stripping paint from Lionel #628 shell
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:44 AM

I purchased a used Lionel 44-tonner, #628, with the intent to repaint it in the scheme of a local shortline. What is a suitable method to strip the paint? I don't want to crack or fatigue the plastic, but I am not familiar with Lionel trains enough to know what is safe to use.

Thanks.

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Posted by mackb4 on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:11 AM
Has the shell already been re-painted ? A lot of people use brake fluid by soaking the shell in it overnight . I've only restored/repainted tinplate and diecast shells. Maybe someone else has some suggestions ?

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Posted by rrswede on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 11:09 AM

Here are a couple of links dealing with your issue. The links are to a different forum since it does not seem the search engine on this forum works any longer.

https://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=90761&highlight=castrol

https://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=180004&highlight=paint+removal

https://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=90761&highlight=castrol

I personally have used  Castrol Super Clean as described in post 5 in the first link.

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 5:11 AM

I've used the Castrol Super Clean as well and it does a great job without damage to the plastic.  A two liter pop bottle with the top cut off works for a soak tank.  Two or three days in the solution and the paint pretty much washes off.  If there is much left, just put it back into the solution.  Detail areas a tooth brush removes the paint in crevasses.  Also, the solution can be used several times over.  Just pour the used solution into a sealable container.

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Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:33 AM

Thank you all for the help! Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:55 PM

Just out of curiousity, will that Castrol Super Clean work on metal surfaces as well.  I don't need to strip any engines but in the future, you never know, do you?

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Posted by Sturgeon-Phish on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 5:03 PM

Yes

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 7:46 PM

Thanks!

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