Im planning to remove the numbering from one of my Bachmann locos, would that strip the paint off as well or does Bachmann use decals?Unfortunately, most of these are not decals, but inked on to paint. So you're basically stripping it.
I have been able to do this using microbrushes and Testors Easy Lift Off (ELO) with minimal damage to the underlying paint, but some touch-up will probably be necessary. Worst case fail, you'll be repainting the tender. Just make sure you're willing to take that risk before you start.
The solvents recommended for decal removal and applying are Micro Sol and Micro SetOk I have done this to a few loco & it really works! You will need the solvent for decals to lay down nice. Micro sol I think it is called. You add that on top of the pant decal you want to strip. Then you need a pencil with a white eraser on it.... why white ??? I have no idea ! I just know that the pink ones won’t work. Take the eraser and just start erasing it. Adding a little more solvent as you go. It will take some time , but it will pull it up. I let it set & soak about 3-5 minutes before I start. This helps soften the paint up. Also it might shine the area you run just a little. I put a little bit of dull coat on it if it’s to glossy. Usually it is not.
I tell you this works! Sounds crazy, but it works!
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