Re: Painting HO Scale Brass

Tony Thompson

Schuyler Larrabee wrote:

I wash it vigorously, soap and water, then rinse until I'm really bored with that, hot water will get any soap off. Then etch the surface in vinegar with salt added to a saturated solution. Doesn't take long, maybe 15-20 minutes. Rubber gloves from here on.

     I would urge that this step be done cautiously. If the brass is one of those with a tough, adherent "brass-color" lacquer on it, no harm done. If it is bare brass, I would be careful because this mild etch can preferentially attack solder, depending on the composition of solder used in the original fabrication. So watch carefully around any visible solder joints and if anything seems to be happening there, STOP and remove and rinse thoroughly.

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