I just recently applied neo lube to the drive rods of my MTH 1997 vintage cab forward.  It was super easy to apply and I think it looks much better, but I am wondering if it is too dark before going through my roster of older engines that had the same chromed finish on them (such as my Yellowstone or Greenbrier). 

 

Are there different versions of Neo Lube that produce different results?  I was thinking it would produce a lighter color and not so black.  What were the engines like in real life, assuming they were newer, as I do not like to weather my trains.  Today, each toy manufacture seams to produce there own version of colored drive rods.  I assume the metal on the rods would  look like old dirty set of pliers or were they painted while in service? 

 

Look forward to some feed back on this.

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Thanks,

 

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

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I've applied Neolube on several HO steam locomotives of mine which had main rods, side rods, and valve gear which was so bright and shiny that I couldn't stand how they looked.  Now they look like engines which have been running for a while.  I did notice that the darkness depends upon how many coats of Neolube are used.  I does rube off when handled, so I am careful how I pick up the engines, but otherwise I am very happy with the results, especially that I don't have binding problems like I would have if I used paint.

 

Stuart

 

 

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