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Old 06-30-2019, 08:21 AM   #1
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Auto detailing supplies have multiple usage

I found that my Maguire's Detail brush (very soft) and some dish soap and water in an old hand soap foamer works very well. Followed by Q-tips, some compressed air to dry the crevices, and a little Maguire's detail spray for that added shine!

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Old 06-30-2019, 09:06 AM   #2
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Wow, looks great

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Old 06-30-2019, 09:15 AM   #3
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A cheaper and in my opinion nicer product is plain old Pledge... Many sellers at train shows will give their items a shot of Pledge to make them shine and appear as new.. It works great on plastic car bodies.
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Wow, looks great

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Thanks! I started with the nastiest cars I had. Now I need to solder in replacement light sockets for the ones that were missing and replace the link couplers with knuckle couplers and they should be good to go.
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:21 AM   #5
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A cheaper and in my opinion nicer product is plain old Pledge... Many sellers at train shows will give their items a shot of Pledge to make them shine and appear as new.. It works great on plastic car bodies.
Ah, that's a good idea. I don't keep it in the house (don't like the smell, don't like it on wood furniture, don't like the massive over spray), but I can imagine it does a great job on certain plastics.

I know that some people use it to shine the black plastic trim on car exteriors.

Mostly, I was pleased with the foamer and delicate nature of the Maguire's brush. The detailing spray was an afterthought and really only added minimal shine.
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Old 06-30-2019, 12:31 PM   #6
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I have a wide selection of Meguiar's products in the garage. I use them for other things than cars but rarely on my trains. I did use the cleaner wax on some 655 green plastic cars like yours. Never on a painted or inked surface.
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Just a thought. I have had some passenger cars converted to knuckle couplers.
Two issues. One is that if you do not raise them high they will decoupler going through a re-railer section of track. The second is that they become too far apart at the coupling.
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Dooper, correct and correct. Knuckle couplers will uncouple if they are not set high enough. Link coupler cars couple much closer together than knuckle coupler cars. Link to knuckle conversions are the worst offenders. This in one of several reasons I like link coupler cars.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:12 PM   #9
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I use the cleaner/wax on my guitars. Good stuff.
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Old 07-02-2019, 02:20 AM   #10
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Just a thought. I have had some passenger cars converted to knuckle couplers.
Two issues. One is that if you do not raise them high they will decoupler going through a re-railer section of track. The second is that they become too far apart at the coupling.
This is some good info. I bought some LC to KC conversions, but may re-think that as an option. At least until I have determined if they can be "raised" enough to provide clearance.
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