Customized Postwar Lionel 3472 Milk Car
Joined: Nov 16, 2010
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I inherited this car from my Grandfather's collection and have been pondering what exactly to do with it. I don't have the right skills and tools to restore it back to it's original color and lettering. I finally decided to go ahead and clean and customize it.
We started here:
I used some DOT 3 brake fluid to remove the lettering. I have been sanding those areas with 320 grit sandpaper to (hopefully) remove all traces of the lettering so it won't show through the final paint job.
Right now, we're here:
I already have the decals that I'm going to use and the paint I ordered should be here this week. I'm going to paint it Pullman Green with gold lettering.
Well, the original lettering has proven to be a great challenge. I initially thought that I had sanded and primed the sides enough, but after putting on the green and letting it dry, the lettering still showed through. I had to go back and start over. If you look at the car just right, you can still see a "Circle L" on one side. While the paint job is far from perfect, I'm just going to have to go with it because I don't have it in me to go through another strip/sand/primer process.
Here's where we are this morning:
I started working on the decals tonight. They're HO scale, but because the car is on the small side I think they'll look fine.
Joined: May 14, 2008
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Cool project - thanks for sharing!