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    • June 1, 2017 1:44 PM EDT
    • I've used the EVAPO-RUST for a number of years restoring old furniture, car parts, machine etc.  Works very well.  For items going to still be exposed to air, best to paint or cost with something to seal the item.  I get mine from a discount place called Ollie's that quite often has it for less than $10.00 a gallon.  I've had no problem with screws, bolts and old style nails being re-used in wood, plastic other metals.  For bolts/screws and nails where the head will be visible or air exposed, I spray the head with a light coat and a bit of the shaft with clear acrylic rattle can and then touch up the top once in place and secure.

    • June 1, 2017 2:31 AM EDT
    • Canceled Post


    • May 31, 2017 10:45 PM EDT
    • WD-40 company is here in San Diego... their web site specifically and categorically denies it ever had fish oil.




    • May 31, 2017 2:51 PM EDT

      WD-40 makes all kinds of products/cans.



    • May 31, 2017 2:19 PM EDT
    • I think if people are concerned, you should be able to get the msds sheets on these products.


      update: the joke's on us, the msds for the WD-40 product says ingredients are non-hazardous ... and then they don't list them.



    • May 31, 2017 2:07 PM EDT
    • A very similar product, "Rust Remover Soak", is marketed by WD40

      WD40 Rust Remover Soak Product

      "Dissolves rust quickly without harming surrounding parts, trim, gaskets or paint."

          "Dissolves rust quickly
           Non-toxic and biodegradable
           Ideal for restoring rusted parts to bare metal
           50-state VOC compliant
           NSF Category P1 (#146753)"


    • May 31, 2017 1:21 PM EDT
    • I have not used the product, but read their site. Lime-Away is mostly acids, and needs to be neutralized. This stuff is water soluble, so it could be acid, but they also say you can leave it on and get a few months protection, so seems to be a bit different.



    • May 31, 2017 10:40 AM EDT
    • Bob-

      Thanks for the insight. Any comparisons to LIME-AWAY or something else you have used?

      I'm going to get some. I have found the small brass wire brushes from Harbor Freight (frequently at sale prices - cheap) work well with Blue Magic on rusted parts. However, a chemical reliance makes sense as there is no abrasive.


    • May 29, 2017 10:44 AM EDT
    • No problem Forrest.  Mama said there would be days like that.... 


    • May 28, 2017 11:17 PM EDT
    • Okay, it just didn't register. I don't feel good and my brain is kind of hit and miss on noticing things today.

    • May 28, 2017 11:03 PM EDT
    • Forrest,


      Copied directly from the web page I linked to:  

      • Will not affect plastic, PVC, Viton and most paints

    • May 28, 2017 10:17 PM EDT
    • Hmm, interesting.

      Question, how will chemical residue left on screw affect plastic contacting screw over the long term?

    • May 28, 2017 9:23 PM EDT
    • I recently found myself dis-assembling a tank car to put it in to service. I had originally purchased it as a static storage tank. The assembly screws were fairly heavily rusted, one to the extend I had to remove it with a small pair of channel locks. Over time watching auto shows I like, I had seen advertisements for a product called 'EVAPO-RUST'. Supposed to be non-toxic, and biodegradable. So I decided to give it a try. The photo below is of two screws from the project. The screw on the left is the screw I had to remove with channel locks. The screw on the right is after spending overnight in the EVAPO-RUST product.



      I purchased my container at my local Advance Auto Parts store. It is also supposed to be available at AutoZone, O'Rileys, Walmart and other discount stores. I paid about $8.00 for a quart container.


    • April 25, 2017 7:22 PM EDT



      They are 1:29  scale as you probably know.  I have never used them because of the scale but I see then every year in KD's both at the Medford train show and really wish they made them in 1:20.

      They are solidly constructed, roll well and look very good.  I don't think you could go wrong using them.


    • April 25, 2017 3:37 PM EDT
    • I have one set of Kadee 4437 Arch Bar Trucks that I put on an Aristocraft Napa Valley tank car.  They roll very nicely are very quiet (I'm indoors).  They look really good and are light years better than the ones that came with the car though obviously more expensive.  I doubt that you'll be disappointed.

    • April 25, 2017 2:31 PM EDT
    • Has anyone tried a set of KD 972 trucks?

      What do you think of them?


    • April 13, 2017 12:53 PM EDT
    • Thannks Rich.  Better get a pre-order in with Ray now. You can pay down and payments, that's how I did the BB on pre-order. They all sold out that way, so there will not be any extra GS-4's I imagine. All the MTH stuff seems to sell out anymore, no leftover cheap buys!

    • April 13, 2017 10:51 AM EDT
    • Beautiful model Jerry.  Makes me want to buy that new Southern Pacific even more!  Soon hopefully.  My lust has shifted from the USA Hudson to the GS-4.  

    • April 13, 2017 10:26 AM EDT
    • Bob,like Greg said, MTH is smaller, being 1/32, so that helps I imagine. Never had any problems with mine, but I do have larger curves. From what I've seen/heard about the USA Big Boy it is a great engine(big also!) but you have to have great track work for it and be willing to work with it. Plus it is really heavy, one of the many things I like about the MTH is the lighter weight and smaller size.


      *  Randy, I still have the other BB that I repaired the frames and it is still going. I had feared not getting replacement parts, so ordered 4014(sorta got caught up in the 4014 craze!). Ray did get me a rear frame that came in, but waiting on the front before I tear it apart to replace them. The replacement frame is a lot beefier so should hold up well. My new BB arrived with no damage, in it's 61 lb box!

    • April 13, 2017 2:31 AM EDT
    • MTH is like LGB, designed for tight curves, and also it's smaller than the 1:29 usat model.