13 thoughts on “Dip job

  1. Smart move labeling the cans. This way you can tell this thinner from “Lacquer thinner for smooth jazz”. (Gosh I hope that sounds as witty to read as it felt to type!)

    On a more mature level, I’m curious to see which project this is for.


  2. Seeing that the URL starts with “1218”, are you planning on running an N&W A class articulated loco on the Port Rowan line any time soon? 🙂

  3. So, we can narrow the field of potential locomotives by the fact that the S-scale model fits just right vertically in a standard gallon paint can…

  4. Trevor:

    Like the idea of a paint can. I have been using a large glass cookie jar for my S scale brass dip jobs and then when finished, pouring the solution back into the lacquer thinner can that has been labeled for the purpose. A big pain even with a funnel.

    BTW, how often did you reuse the lacquer thinner? This painting season, I did three brass locos (one of these had to be re-dipped three times because of screw ups) and a caboose, and then disposed of the fluid. Not sure how effective the solution was by the time I was finished.



    • Hi John:
      Basically, you’ve answered your own question…
      I don’t think there’s a set formula for how often one needs to change the lacquer thinner. It depends on what you’ve cleaned with it, how tough the paint was to remove, etc.
      The short answer is, change it when the thinner no longer works.
      Yes, the paint can works very well for this, because you can simply hammer the lid on and store it between uses. I bought two cans. I filled one almost to the top, and used it for larger items. The other has only a couple of inches of thinner in it and is intended for smaller items. I wanted to be able to reach in with long tweezers to pick out items, without submerging my arm – for obvious reasons!

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