RATHER LIKE PREWASHING JEANS SO THEY’LL LOOK FADED!!!! 🙂
I recently posted my process for making quick and easy scrap metal loads. The loads are ragged and rusty, and need equally distressed gondolas to haul them. Here’s how I add years of abuse to my gondolas – in under two hours:
This one started with an Atlas 52′ Thrall gondola.
After removing the trucks, I carefully pressed a hot soldering pencil to the inside of the car walls, between each of the ribs. (This should be done in a well-ventilated area.) It takes a little practice to do enough melting without doing too much. Here’s a short clip of the “melting” process:
This process leaves a stringy mess inside the gondola and a few holes in the sides.
I cleaned up the inside using a Dremel tool with a burr bit. (Wear safety glasses and a dust mask whenever you use a high-speed rotary tool.)
Next I used a pallet knife…
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