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Weathering a Live Steam Engine

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So here I have my nice new Accucraft Mogul that has its perfect Museum Quality Finish and although it looks nice on a shelf, it looks pretty out of place running on the track. I would like to do some weathering like I have seen done by Jack Thompson (aka Big65Dude)my only fear is that with the high heat of the engine, any paint may just flake off. Now before you post any responses, please note that my resources are very limited as I have a very demanding household (a wife and 4 kids) so if your idea would envolve spending lots of money on fancy equipment then the process most likely wont work for me. I apologize if this question has already been asked, but I have searched the forums and archive and havent seen anything about the particular weathering techniques for live steam engines. Thanks in advance for your help. You guys always have great ideas! :D

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Gee, I did this engine about 5 years ago and it still looks like it did when I took these photos. Using Badger model flex acrylic and a acrylic clearcoat to set them in and there have been no ill effects because of oil or any other item. The key is to clean and clean the surface til it is is better than new. Any oil trapped underneath the paint and it will wipe off without a second thought.

Cleaning is just like before, a micro-fibre towel and some elbow grease to lift off the oil residue.
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Museum engines are always over-glossed and kept way to spotless. The real things to look at are locomotives doing long cross-state railfan trips, like the 3751 through the desert on it's way to the grand canyon.
Engines always collected a gathering of calcium streaks (hard water), dirt/dust, and oil stains/soot from the fire.

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