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There is a silver plating powder that can be used to plate the wheels.
Detail Associates used to sell it but no more.
Google "Cool-Amp". It's a bit pricey but a small jar will last a life time.
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Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2018 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: [HO-Steam] Varney Dockside
This may be akin to putting lipstick on a pig, but anyone ever try having the drivers nickle plated?
There used to be a model RR supplier who did it for $10 an axle.
A lower cost alternative:
I do not clean my loco drivers with a wire wheel in a Dremel or a Kadee brass wire wheel cleaner.
I use a 400 grit polishing wheel in a Dremel to polish the driver tread and remove the dirt collecting scratches
from cleaning by wire. For regular cleaning after that all it takes is a Q-tip dipped in alcohol.