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Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« on: November 14, 2020, 10:04:33 am »
I am doing some work on the house and need to have all my toys moved to one room. Problem is, I do not have enough shelf space... I have a bunch of plastic tubs that I would like to store some of the engines/accessories in, but what is the best material to wrap them in? I don’t want to affect the paint by using the wrong material... I will only be storing accessories and engines that haven’t been run in years (completely dry). They will be stored in the same heated room, just in the tubs. Thanks!!
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2020, 10:28:51 am »
Time to buy shares in a plastic bubble wrap company

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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2020, 10:30:58 am »
Time to buy shares in a plastic bubble wrap company

I have tons of bubble wrap, but I have received engines with “bubble print” in the paint after being in the mail for only a week or two...
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2020, 10:54:30 am »
I too am interested in how to prepare engines for storage, right now I have some in cardboard boxes in a wooden shed a few blocks from the ocean. We have finally emptied some rubbermaid containers so I am going to use them and store them in the garage, my problem is how to wrap them as well.
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2020, 10:57:31 am »
I too am interested in how to prepare engines for storage, right now I have some in cardboard boxes in a wooden shed a few blocks from the ocean. We have finally emptied some rubbermaid containers so I am going to use them and store them in the garage, my problem is how to wrap them as well.

I am assuming acid-free tissue paper is the best option... I was looking at some on Amazon and in one of the reviews, someone mentioned to store in acid free cardboard box after wrapping as plastic can give off gases...
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2020, 11:18:41 am »
These are a few that I’m looking at on Amazon... I have a 24” paper dispenser, so I could cut the roll in half

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2020, 12:39:32 pm »
I've always had good luck with wadded up newsprint, but then I do live in the high desert. I suspect that if you could use an acid free tissue as the inner layer, followed by enough newsprint to offer cushion, you'd probably be okay.

As a caveat, I really don't know what extended periods of high humidity, during long term storage, might do to the process I just described.
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2020, 04:29:21 pm »
I am doing some work on the house and need to have all my toys moved to one room. Problem is, I do not have enough shelf space... I have a bunch of plastic tubs that I would like to store some of the engines/accessories in, but what is the best material to wrap them in? I don’t want to affect the paint by using the wrong material... I will only be storing accessories and engines that haven’t been run in years (completely dry). They will be stored in the same heated room, just in the tubs. Thanks!!

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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2020, 11:14:24 pm »
I've always had good luck with wadded up newsprint, but then I do live in the high desert. I suspect that if you could use an acid free tissue as the inner layer, followed by enough newsprint to offer cushion, you'd probably be okay.

As a caveat, I really don't know what extended periods of high humidity, during long term storage, might do to the process I just described.

I should be good on humidity, I keep a humidifier going in the winter and a de-humidifier all summer
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2020, 11:15:48 pm »
I am doing some work on the house and need to have all my toys moved to one room. Problem is, I do not have enough shelf space... I have a bunch of plastic tubs that I would like to store some of the engines/accessories in, but what is the best material to wrap them in? I don’t want to affect the paint by using the wrong material... I will only be storing accessories and engines that haven’t been run in years (completely dry). They will be stored in the same heated room, just in the tubs. Thanks!!

Three (3) more rooms for Nicks toys???

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I wish you were right, but sadly no... just scraping more wallpaper, fixing cracks and re-painting. The good news is that when the rooms are finished, I can display engines in them if they are in nice curio cabinets  ;D
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Re: Long-Term Storage... Help Needed
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2020, 01:50:34 pm »
Hi Nick,

In the past, I've used two mediums to store and ship engines. Acid free tissue paper and food grade plastic wrap to keep the paper covering the metal. If you use a mild holding tape (like painter's tape) to hold the tissue, you can cover that with bubble wrap over top of the tissue.
I bought a large roll of cling wrap at my local Costco. The closest shipping supply company I found in a quick scan was Schilling Supply Co. in Rochester. They have different sizes and bundles of acid free packing tissue paper.

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