I put a diesel into its Styrofoam packing cradle and, in my haste, neglected to first wrap it in the plastic wrap it came in. When I removed the engine later, there was a scuff mark on the hood. Is there anything I can do to make the scuff mark look better--or is this just a lesson learned?

Retired is a misnomer.  Should be detired--less tired, more fun!

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Post up a picture (close ups will help) of the damaged area from a couple different perspectives, and we’ll see what your dealing with.....hard to tell with out pics buddy.....we don’t know if you need a rag and patience, or a grinder..😜........Pat

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As I said, I put a diesel into its Styrofoam packing cradle and, in my haste, neglected to first wrap it in the plastic wrap it came in. When I removed the engine later, there was a scuff mark on the hood. Is there anything I can do to make the scuff mark look better--or is this just a lesson learned? Here are photos of the scuff mark:-1789938129581936318_IMG_05875211568238607688380_IMG_0583-6303227912942321052_IMG_05857335538690119791598_IMG_05847567047112097084735_IMG_0586

Retired is a misnomer.  Should be detired--less tired, more fun!

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Using any type of polishing compound will produce a shine that will stand out from the matt finish.

I would first try a wet Q tip and lightly rub the area. It may be styrafoam not rubbed paint and the Q tip may wash it away. Don't press too hard or the Q tip will also polish the paint. If water doesn't work try a dip in alcohol.

Pete

Alcohol will take off many paints used on model trains, don't ask me how I know this!   I'd try Naphtha first, it's less likely to damage paint.

For any solvent, test it carefully on a less visible area.

You might try a little WD-40 on the scuff, it may bring up the color.  It is reversible, you can clean it off if you are not happy with the results, but be careful, do not rub or as other forum posts state, rubbing will cause a change in the sheen.  So will WD-40 but it is relatively harmless if not used near decals or lettering.  You can even gently apply over the entire roof to even out the sheen, it will probably be slightly more glossy, but probably more even.  Just gently wipe off excess.  Works really well on polymer gunstocks too.

Good luck,

Chris S.

 

Norton is on the money you cannot polish scuffs out of flat or mat finishes if you want to keep it flat. I cannot tell from the low rez photos if the scuff is below the prime surface of the paint or standing proud. You might side light it a bit so the scuff is better delineated. Your lighting is a bit too flat and diffused and could use a few more pixels.   You might try laying a piece of packaging tape on top of it and pat it down with the soft part of your finger tip. Do not try and bone it down with your fingernail or any other hard object. Just use the soft part of your finger tip then slowly lift the tape up don't pull the tape up at a sharp angle or back over itself. Slowly !   If it is a deposit of Styrofoam you will pull some of it off each time you press the tape down and pull it up.  Guess I'm lucky never had a Styrofoam box make that bad a scuff. Was the loco in it's box, giggled around riding in an automobile  ? Or perhaps some foreign substance between the loco and the box ?  Do you have a waterpik ?   Good Luck !  j      

I hate being a spelling cop, because it's hypocritical in my case.

   But I've seen one word about 6 times this month, twice here, twice on YTube, and twice in news links, that I think is mispelled, though I never recalled it being mispelled before. So many so close together has me wondering if I'm missing something....aka/e.g. "r/whoosh""whoosh" means "right over your head" now.

Jiggled, not giggled.  "She jiggled when she giggled at my jokes"😏

   Even spellwreck got it right for once, but if there is a new context, I'm dying to hear it.

If it is a mistake; sorry & forget the yticket; a friendly warning this time! 😏

And ICYDKnow, side lighting in painting is placing a lamp "on", as in very near the surface.  It will cast shadows sideways now, highlighting suface  imperfections of depth. The lack of shadows from great lighting actually helps hide that, especially if it's one solid color at any depth.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





I do email on the. Kindle sometimes and it's attempts to help with spelling often change words, like jiggled to heaven knows what.

On the topic, I tried armor all once and it helped. It is reversible if too glossy.

 


 

Hokie 71

Chief of Operations, Free Union, Blacksburg, and Albemarle Railroad (FUBAR)

Adriatic posted:

I hate being a spelling cop, because it's hypocritical in my case.

   But I've seen one word about 6 times this month, twice here, twice on YTube, and twice in news links, that I think is mispelled, though I never recalled it being mispelled before. So many so close together has me wondering if I'm missing something....aka/e.g. "r/whoosh""whoosh" means "right over your head" now.

Jiggled, not giggled.  "She jiggled when she giggled at my jokes"😏

   Even spellwreck got it right for once, but if there is a new context, I'm dying to hear it.

If it is a mistake; sorry & forget the yticket; a friendly warning this time! 😏

And ICYDKnow, side lighting in painting is placing a lamp "on", as in very near the surface.  It will cast shadows sideways now, highlighting suface  imperfections of depth. The lack of shadows from great lighting actually helps hide that, especially if it's one solid color at any depth.

Right on.  I am likely to spell both jiggle and giggle correct if you ask me when I am awake.  Note It was 4-5am when I responded to Keith's question.          j

I figured. Wait until you find one my embarrassing posts after 4-5 days without sleeping at all πŸ˜‚ 

  With that many "giggles" so close, what are the odds? I had to ask.😎

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





hokie71 posted:

I do email on the. Kindle sometimes and it's attempts to help with spelling often change words, like jiggled to heaven knows what.

On the topic, I tried armor all once and it helped. It is reversible if too glossy.

 


 

Android/Google Spellwreck is off here, set to suggest only, not to change..... STILL does it though. Predictive text is just plain off.... "Off Setting? Off Setting!?.... Google don't need no stinkin' Off Setting  πŸ”«πŸ˜ "

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





The tape and even Armor All may be worth a try. I've seen it creep under heavy edges of paint and it seemed to lift it some. (on grained auto metal, I don't think it would migrate much at all on our train paint)  Test on a ball orotwor chipp...😠.....or two chipped from foam box first to check the result. 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Adriatic posted:

I hate being a spelling cop, because it's hypocritical in my case.

   But I've seen one word about 6 times this month, twice here, twice on YTube, and twice in news links, that I think is ***mispelled***, though I never recalled it being ***mispelled ***before. 

Now that's funny!  Imagine griping about spelling, and then "misspelling" words yourself!  🀣🀣🀣

Like I said, hypocritical.  I've stood up for context over syntax more than once.

  I was more wondering about an unknown context like "whoosh" or if Spellwreck/vindictive text was to blame as I fight it nearly every post now. To attempt correction of the correction, usually makes it worse.

If that turns out to be dumbest thing I've wrotwri..... written I'd be amazed anyhow. Everyone gets thier turn on the rack eventually πŸ˜‰

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Adriatic posted:

Like I said, hypocritical.  I've stood up for context over syntax more than once.

  I was more wondering about an unknown context like "whoosh" or if Spellwreck/vindictive text was to blame as I fight it nearly every post now. To attempt correction of the correction, usually makes it worse.

If that turns out to be dumbest thing I've wrotwri..... written I'd be amazed anyhow. Everyone gets thier turn on the rack eventually πŸ˜‰

πŸ˜€  My spelling is average at best.  Grammar a little worse.  But my quest in life is to let as many as I can know the difference between loose (to loosen) vs lose (to have lost something) πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

Adriatic posted:

I hate being a spelling cop, because it's hypocritical in my case.

   But I've seen one word about 6 times this month, twice here, twice on YTube, and twice in news links, that I think is mispelled, though I never recalled it being mispelled before. So many so close together has me wondering if I'm missing something....aka/e.g. "r/whoosh""whoosh" means "right over your head" now.

Jiggled, not giggled.  "She jiggled when she giggled at my jokes"😏

   Even spellwreck got it right for once, but if there is a new context, I'm dying to hear it.

If it is a mistake; sorry & forget the yticket; a friendly warning this time! 😏

And ICYDKnow, side lighting in painting is placing a lamp "on", as in very near the surface.  It will cast shadows sideways now, highlighting suface  imperfections of depth. The lack of shadows from great lighting actually helps hide that, especially if it's one solid color at any depth.

 Just what the h*** does this have to do with helping solve the problem presented by one of our forum members?  Jiggle or giggle, I am sure everyone who read this post knew exactly what the person meant.

Jim

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