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Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:09:59 PM »
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Do you worry about sunlight coming through windows fading your rolling stock.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2013, 06:13:54 PM by CBQ Fan »
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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 06:17:56 PM »
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 It fades everything else,why not boxcars? Me,I have daylight bulbs in my train room,I don't even leave those on when I'm not in the room,the only window is totally covered with a Venetian Blind..

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 06:38:15 PM »
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I welcome it...a natural form of weathering!

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 06:51:19 PM »
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... a natural form of weathering!

I always wondered how it would work to get a UV lamp from like maybe say a PROM burner and leave some freight cars under that for a few hours....   ;)

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 07:46:59 PM »
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I used to place cars on a picnic table outside in sunny but not overly hot weather.  Strange thing is that I never did notice any difference in the cars.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 08:01:34 PM »
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I used to place cars on a picnic table outside in sunny but not overly hot weather.  Strange thing is that I never did notice any difference in the cars.

Indeed...I put some cars on my deck and left them there for 2 years, summer and winter! I did not notice much fading at all but they were dirty.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 09:42:09 PM »
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I have a staging yard that has a group of cars that does not move a lot but sit right next to a window with blinds.  There is a small gap in the blinds that let light through.  Had nasty old drapes that I recently took down but I am now wondering if I will have a wierd fading pattern if something sits too long.  Doesn't appear that way so far.
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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2013, 09:59:44 PM »
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Do you worry about sunlight coming through windows fading your rolling stock.

If it did, I would document and sell the article:  "How to weather using natural sunlight". :tommann:

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 10:15:14 PM »
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Model trains, from my experience are about the only thing I've ever seen that don't fade in sunlight.

I have also left items out for an entire sunny season with almost no noticeable difference.  I can't believe that after a few years something wouldn't happen.

I had thought of building a solar powered turntable as a "fading stand", but the results are so minimal it didn't seem worth it.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 11:28:43 PM »
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I'd worry more about the scenery fading than I would the rolling stock fading.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 11:53:26 PM »
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I attempted to fade MEC 50' orange boxcars back when Athearn released them around ~2002 or so. Sat under sunlight and lamp, 24hrs a day for about a month and no change was noticed. I now use oil and acrylic Soft Mixing White to fade.
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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2013, 08:33:35 AM »
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I'd worry more about the scenery fading than I would the rolling stock fading.

Two Problems:
1) It is a staging yard so at most it might get ballast some day!
2) You have to have scenery first for it to fade!!    :D

Now that I have about 90% of my track laid I just need to get my round house and associated tracks laid and then I can start scenery again.  I had one area started that I ripped up and redid.
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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2013, 08:51:17 AM »
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I'd worry more about the scenery fading than I would the rolling stock fading.

Definitely an issue over the years.  I think I read somewhere that florescent light fades scenery (dyed ground foam) faster.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2013, 07:45:05 PM »
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I never really considered sunlight as a form of weathering...

Though natural light illuminating a model scene looks quite nice in photographs.

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Re: Sunlight hitting rolling stock
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2013, 08:01:56 PM »
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I do have an Atlas EL FM H1644 that faded due to sunlight exposure.  It happened inadvertently and I am still trying to figure out what to do with it.  It looks neat but not quite what I was hoping for for this engine.  I was surprised that the sun would fade the paint this much.

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