GP7u Markings Removed
As part of the preparation for the painting process of my two Athearn Genesis GP7u locomotives, I have decided not to strip the paint off of them. Athearn Genesis has done a wonderful job of applying the paint in very thin layers. Fully decorated, the finest details are still very well defined. There is some relief around the color separations, however, that may show through the Y&MV paint. Some of them are acceptable and others not.
I chose to leave the "Santa Fe" lettering on the long hood alone as well as the main blue/yellow color separations behind the cab and on the battery box. After all these are intended to represent former Santa Fe locomotives so if upon close inspection of the finished Y&MV locomotives traces of Santa Fe are visible, it is OK.
What I did choose to remove were the cab and rear numbers as well as the classic Santa Fe "Cigar Band" logo on the noses. Recently I saw a YouTube video by Josh Clark, a.k.a. NSmodeler24, which introduced me to a new method of removing painted-on locomotive numbers. That video is linked below in this posting for reference.
I tried this method on these locomotives and it worked like a charm! For some areas a second or third pass was required, but really minimal time was required. In addition to the link to Josh Clark's YouTube video, there is a slide show below depicting this process as applied to the Y&MV 200 and Y&MV 201.
These locomotives are now getting close to being ready for primer and paint!