Question AZL Pullman lettering

FrenchieZ Jun 12, 2013

  1. FrenchieZ

    FrenchieZ Permanently dispatched

    Has anyone attempted removing the lettering from any of their Pullmans? I want to re-letter without having to do a complete re-paint. Before I attempt to do this and destroy a car body... I thought I would ask here and save myself a bit of trouble. :question:
  2. shamoo737

    shamoo737 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Frenchie, you can try to erase the lettering with a regular eraser. The results varies from car to car and manufacturer to manufacturer. I have better results with MTL and Penzee, AZL's lettering seem to go all the way to the plastic. I remove the paint before I could get the logo and lettering out. Still, I got some nice results from erasing the UP logo and adding a NS logo into a central flow hopper, then cover any spots with weathering.
  3. David K. Smith

    David K. Smith TrainBoard Supporter

    A soft pencil eraser dipped in 70% alcohol is reasonably effective at removing lettering without causing much damage to the underlying paint. Here I'm using the technique on an AZL diesel:



    Be sure to use 70% alcohol; 91% can strip the paint. Keep the surface wet with alcohol, and rub gently. Be patient; it can take a while.
  4. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

    Thanks David for the clear pictures and detailed info.
  5. FrenchieZ

    FrenchieZ Permanently dispatched

    Thank you, DKS! Extremely helpful tip. I greatly appreciate your response. I will be sure to post my success (or not).
  6. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

    The result very much depends on the finish of the loco/car. AZL lettering on GP7 goes off easily because the paint of the loco is a ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ to get off in the first place, same with SD70s and brass; with other AZL stuff you might get different results, the caboose for example just have to smell alcohol and the paint is completely off incl. lettering. Micro-Trains is a mix, can work or not, seems to depend on which paint-print combination. Have a go!

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